Hops Of Wrath
Dust Bowl Brewing Company - Downtown Taproom

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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #3,873
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #20,161
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 11.2%
Reviews:
48
Ratings:
196
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Dust Bowl Brewing Company - Downtown Taproom
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
86
Very Good
Hops Of WrathHops Of Wrath
Notes: "Hops of Wrath is an India Pale Ale with moderate bitterness and a solid malt backbone. It has a fruity, citrus aroma, bright hop flavor and clean finish at 6.6% abv."
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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 196
Photo of mpyle
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

App - deep gold. Slight hop haze. Pours big head, creamy and lingering 4.25

Aroma- big hop aroma with pineapple and papaya. A soft fruity, slightly sweet aroma. 4.25

Taste- Complex mix of pine, tropical fruit, and earthiness in the hop flavors. Good bitterness midmouth onward. No sharp bump in bitterness late, but has a lingering hop bitterness. Nice mix of old and new IPA ideas. 4.0

MF- med body and carbonation. A bit drying but not astringent 3.75

Overall- A nice big hop flavor beer that doesn’t shy away from bitterness. A nice beer from a small town where I have some family roots. 4.0

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Photo of sjrider
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap in Sacramento,pours a honey gold color with white head leaving plenty of lacing. Nose is fairly mild ,mostly floral in the hop department. Taste follows with more mild hop flavor and a bit of malty sweetness.... Fairly smooth and easy ,nothing memorable.

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Photo of patre_tim
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Honey golden with lots of fine bubbled carbonation and a finger of off white head.

Smells of floral honey, very blossom and perfume like with berries, and purple bubble gum.

Tastes very floral, again with purple bubblegum, lilacs and a honey biscuit quality.

Light body with fine carbonation.

Got in Sacramento, drinking in Redding, Nov 30th, 2018. Decent brew.

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Photo of AleManDan
3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Driving it in Yosemite makes it taste better I’m sure. On tap at the Yosemite Lodge on my wife’s birthday.

Looks good in the glass, clear, golden, lots of carbonation streaming up. Tons of legs on the glass.

Not a lot on the nose but on the tongue it’s a nice bitter, piney, citrus blast with plenty of malty sweetness to temper it.

Soft, medium mouthfeel.

I’d drink it again!

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Photo of losdizzel
3.64/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I'm typically not a hophead but this is a very doable beer.
6.6 Avb is nice
Hops stay on the front of the tongue.
Creamy head stays clinging.
Starting to dig this Brewery

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Photo of laketang
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

22 Oz bottle
Pours clear amber and has a nice white head
It has a maltier presence than i like typically
But it is at the end of its best buy date. Hops also
present with some bitterness but I look for more.
Clean mouthful, no lingering tastes.
Good enough to suggest to try out.

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Photo of GOBLIN
3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Received this malt bomb in a trade today . . . Honestly, it may be an ok ipa fresh but not 8 months later.
Bottled 4/22/16
Drinking 1/15/17
By this point it is only an ipa according to the label.
My fellow BA's, do not send 8 month old ipa's to your trading partner. Do not even send 2 month old ipa's to your trading partner. Cheers !

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Photo of RyanK252
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at BC's Pizza & Beer

A: Pours deep golden amber with a frothy egg shell white head that settles to a nice layer and leaves plenty of beautiful lacing.

S: Floral, light citrus, fruity notes, pine, bready malt, and a little caramel sweetness.

T: Floral, kinda spicy, grapefruit, pine, bready malt, a touch of caramel sweetness, and some fruity notes on the back end.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O: The first IPA I ever drank way back when. Not the best, but still solid. Fun to look back and see how my palate as changed over 600+ beers.

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Photo of metter98
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Jake's Cannery Bar, San Francisco, CA

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles and a coating of bubbles running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of citrusy hops and cough syrup are present in the nose.
T: In the initial taste, the immediate flavor I got was cough syrup—the kind of medicine that you cringe at taking when you are a child.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer lives up to its name and has rather unpleasant flavors of cough syrup,

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of KSOZE
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very floral/grassy/herbal aroma and flavor. Some malt there to back it up and very easy to drink. Just a touch of citrus on the back palate. This is definitely a more classic, balanced IPA. The hops are there, but they play a co-operative role with the malt.

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Photo of vikinggary28
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

MFG 1/20/15. Drank 2/26/15. Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a chilled glass. Very earthy aroma, smells of fresh cut grass or pine. Colour is golden orange with off white head. Flavour struck me at first as a typical IPA, though not overly hoppy. But then it doesn't take long before the subtle citrus flavours come through. It goes down easy.

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Photo of stakem
3.34/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bomber into a snifter. The brew appears a clear copper color with white spotty to stringy lacing effect.

The smell is herbal and grassy with a bit of dank appeal. As more whifs are taken, it has a solid green grassiness and somewhat soapy feel.

The taste is herbal, grassy, pine-like yet fruity with rinds/zest. Some vegetative aspects are also included with a little soapiness and caramel malt in the aftertaste.

This is medium bodied and modestly carbonated. Not bad. Ive never had anything from this brewery before this experience but something about this seens very familiar. Thanks again Tim for the share.

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Photo of everyman
4.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As drinkable as any well known IPA. The rating system seems mute here with such a style -- little bit bitter, a little citrus, some malt character, and clean but hoppy --it's right there with 'Lag,' Stone,' and '60.' Really, not lying. However, I prefer 'Hops of Wrath' because of historical significance and I like the brand. One aspect that is left out of beer rating, for obvious reasons, is labeling. The allure of labeling is hardly given recognition. These guys seem to understand that the dust bowl is still very much part of the Central Valley and California's agricultural history. I can appreciate a beer that signifies - through its bitter notes - the residual tone of 'Grapes of Wrath' and all its (un, yet)savory infamy. Try it sometime and commemorate a swallow to an American hero- Tom Joad;)

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Manufactured 7/9/14.

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy swaths of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of earth bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good beer with solid citrus forward hop characteristics that make this one tasty and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of kflorence
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Deep, golden copper in color with a ton of head that seems to last forever. Lots of lacing. Carbonation looks to be on the light side of moderate, lots of tiny bubbles rise to the top as it sits. Earthy and floral on the nose with a touch of pine and caramel. Alcohol becomes more predominant as it warms. Sweet and tangy up front with a spicy, earthy middle and a bitter citrus finish that lingers on the palate. Crisp and smooth, this medium bodied brew packs some substance while remaining very drinkable. This is my first brew from Dust Bowl and it didn't disappoint, although I didn't find it overly memorable either. Just another solid, drinkable West coast IPA.

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Photo of Tele
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 6.27.14
Consumed 8.5.14

A: 4.5 Pours a reddish gold with a large, creamy looking off-white head. The head is very uniform and actually quite pretty.

S: 4 Fairly mild aroma overall which is a bit disappointing; based on the name, I was expecting quite the hop bomb. There’s some pine first with a little bit of grapefruit as well. Fresh-cut grass, dank, and some honey/malty sweetness are present as the beer opens up.

T: 3.5 While the hops were dialed back on the aroma, they are even more subdued on the palate. The flavor starts with a pretty big dose of malt sweetness followed closely by some bitterness and a slightly sulfurous finish. There’s a little bit of lemon flavor that’s pretty nice, but any fresh flavors are overpowered by malt and bitterness.

M: 4 The carbonation is nice and the body has a good feel, if slightly watery.

O: 3.75 I was hoping for a fresh tasting, hoppy IPA with little malt, but this is kind of the opposite. If you’re into malty IPAs with a fairly strong bitter element, this might be a great beer for you, but it’s not what I look for in IPAs. At 5-6 weeks old, perhaps this beer has a crazy short shelf life before falling off.

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Photo of rudzud
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received as an extra in a trade and poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Poured a nice crystal clear honey amber hue with a good half a finger head that faded to leave a thin light blanket and halo.

S - Aromas of sweeter malts, caramel, acid, light metal, herbal, older hops. Not much going for the nose.

T - Taste is much more malt heavy than it should. Caramel, sweeter malts, faint faint bitter grapefruit, lightly vegetative. Definitely past its prime.

M - Mouthfeel isnt bad, lighter, smooth.

O - Overall, clearly not the freshest bottle. Bet this would have been much tastier fresh.

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Photo of BierJager89
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Hazy orange with a white head.

S: Orange, maybe some peach and mango in the nose.

T: Malt, orange, some tangerine, and pine.

M: Medium bodied and smoothish.

O: Delicious, though not quite the beast Son of Wrath is. Definitely worth a try. I think this beer is way underrated.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a finger of head on a clear medium straw colored body.
The aroma is lots of citrus: orange, mandarin, lemon and grapefruit.
The taste starts with a strong pine bitterness, moderated by the malt, but still finishes with a dry pine bitterness. Good balance.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A delicious IPA.

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Photo of mactrail
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Handsome dark orangey amber in the Duvel tulip. Starts with a nice foam but that dissipates after less than a minute. Thin with a light body that seems to accentuate the acidic tang. Aroma of pineapple and orange peel.

Rather sweet with a sharp taste. This tastes like a Pilsener that had a hop attack. Interesting spicy notes. There is just the faintest fruity note of sour citrus and then the endless bitter grapefruit peel.

A highly hopped-up and tremendously bitter brew that keens on a single sharp note. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Beer Revolution in Oakland.

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Photo of MacQ32
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours a clear copper gold with a finger of fairly dense light tan head, good retention, perfect lacing.

S - Very bitter citrusy, grapefruit loaded hop aromas with a kick of pine.. Sweet tropical fruits are present as well as hidden sweet malty undertones.

T - Grapefruit bomb. Lots of citrusy grapefruit and bitter hops up front, slightly piney as well. Mild sweet bready malts tame the citrus/hop burst. Extremely well balanced yet still fairly aggressive. Malts and citrusy dry hops linger through the finish as well as the aftertaste. Slightly metallic/astringent

M - Great, medium bodied (maybe a little less than what id consider medium), appropriate carbonation (a little light on the carb) fairly smooth, very refreshing.

O - Probably one of the best combinations of decent hoppy aggressiveness and delicious balance that i have every experienced. Great balance of both.

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Photo of PHBoiler
4.38/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured bottle into Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Deep yellow into orange color with slim white head. The smell is bright and hoppy with citrus and tropical fruit. This IPA is bright and juicy. Reminds me of Jai Alai and Odell IPA in terms of the tropical fruit flavor and balancing maltiness. Really delicious and 6.6% alcohol which is lower than most with this amount of flavor. I certainly wouldn't hesitate to go to this IPA. It certainly isn't a citrus bomb or heavy on pine. Well balanced, juicy, and easy to drink.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A - Bright, hazy apricot body. Thin, fine white head with nice retention and poor lace.

S - Grapefruit, green wood, peach preserves, lemon leaves.

T - Super earthy. Dusty peach, lemon, raw wood. Dry, slightly funky pot.

M - Medium body with a light, dry finish.

O - Great nose, but unfortunately the flavor profile falls short of expectations.

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Photo of lordofstarside
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz to a snifter, no freshness date. Serving this one a bit warm

Pours an orangish gold with 3/4 finger of foam. Good transparency and very mild carbonation. Lacing isn't bad either, this beer meets most the checks of a good ipa

There's an aroma of up front hops with a sweet fruity malt. Hints of grapefruit, lemon, and some pine shine through with a splash of alcohol. Malty citrus is what distinguishes it from other ipas

The taste follows well, very hoppy with a strong fruity citrus. The malt is balanced well which the fruit comes across better with instead of the hops. The result is pretty interesting and well executed

Feel is also on par with the rest of the beer- nice bitter bite backed up with a sticky dry finish. Alcohol's well concealed and this stuff is pretty easy to drink

Overall this beer is probably one of my favorites I can't usually get from my excursion to California last month. Also stands out against many of the ipas I've had so far, something I'd get regularly given the chance

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a crystal clear, bright golden orange with an off-white, frothy 2-finger head. Good retention. Lace clings to the side quite nicely.

Smell - Faint aroma. Pine sticks out. Mild citrus. Faint breadiness.

Taste - Malts come across light and bready, while the hops show moderate citrus character. Light pine. Faint orange pith bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with moderate carbonation. Very smooth. Goes down clean and with relative ease.

Overall - Hops of... Wrath? Hops of Moderation might be a more apt name for the brew. Not to say it's a bad beer, just a poor choice of name for a beer that's shows more balance than the name might infer. This beer lacks strong flavor, but it does have a nice, drinkable and approachable quality. Even so, the name it's just.... it's a head scratcher.

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Hops Of Wrath from Dust Bowl Brewing Company - Downtown Taproom
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 196 ratings