Hops Of Wrath
Dust Bowl Brewing Company - Downtown Taproom

Hops Of WrathHops Of Wrath
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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #4,132
ABV:
6.6%
Score:
86
Ranked #23,253
Avg:
3.84 | pDev: 10.94%
Reviews:
53
Ratings:
207
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Dust Bowl Brewing Company - Downtown Taproom
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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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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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4.75/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Hops of Wrath has a thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly gold, with heavy lacing. The aroma is of white bread crust and bright, piney fruits. The taste is of sweet white bread, bread crust, fruits, and pine. There is low-to-moderate bitterness. Hops of Wrath has a medium body and a crisp finish.

RJT

Sep 29, 2020
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elNopalero from California

3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

From a can. This pours clear and golden, west coast style throwback. Some pine and tree sap on the nose, Followed with a bit of orange citrusy notes on the sip.

Jul 02, 2020
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Stoutmaster9 from California

3.66/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pourers pale golden-orange, thin head. Bounty of bubbles. Aggressively bready citrus scent, sour, crisp & inviting. Malt forward, lingering dry, lemon domination.

Feb 14, 2020
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Have had this a few times now. Seems to have its feet planted in the past, but not distant past.

Pours an amber and light orange kind of color indicative of a significant crystal malt quotient. Relatively good clarity and a mostly white head 1/2". Aroma was grapefruit and caramel.

Taste was grapefruit and caramel. Bitter grapefruit, no sugar. Less caramel than I woulda thought based off the appearance and nose. Good carbonation. Gives it that prickly C hop and Simcoe dry bitterness throughout the entire experience. Alternates a grassy and pine hop and malt like interior with a soapy bitterness. Its an entirely familiar foray into an ipa you've had before that didn't produce any feelings of love nor hate. Serviceable be thy name. Practically every brewery in America has made a beer very similar to this one at some point in their existence. You could do worse.

Feb 07, 2020
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dannydetox from California

4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My first experience with this company. Straight forward west coast ipa in a stovepipe can with a sticker label. Nose is pink grapefruit, a little mango and some fresh hay. Mouthfeel is robust, yet the beer doesn't hammer the palate with malt. Dry on the finish. Makes me want to try more from them.

Feb 07, 2020
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mpyle from Maryland

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

Aug 20, 2019
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sjrider from California

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.

Mar 15, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

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.

Dec 01, 2018
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AleManDan from California

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!

Jun 27, 2018
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losdizzel from Oklahoma

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

Jun 25, 2018
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laketang from Arizona

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.

Oct 21, 2017
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GOBLIN from Ohio

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 !

Jan 15, 2017
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RyanK252 from California

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.

Jun 24, 2016
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metter98 from New York

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

Oct 27, 2015
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KSOZE from Ohio

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.

Jul 21, 2015
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vikinggary28 from California

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.

Feb 27, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

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.

Feb 20, 2015
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everyman from California

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;)

Jan 05, 2015
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UCLABrewN84 from California

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.

Sep 29, 2014
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kflorence from Texas

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.

Sep 01, 2014
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Tele from California

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.

Aug 06, 2014
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rudzud from Massachusetts

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.

May 22, 2014
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BierJager89 from California

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.

Feb 05, 2014
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Fatehunter from Oregon

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.

Dec 14, 2013
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mactrail from Washington

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

Jan. 27, 2020 update: From the 500 ml can. This seems like a pretty standard IPA with the modest dose of citrus. I wouldn't call it so sweet today, but it's certainly bitter and sharp.

Original 2013 review:
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.

Aug 29, 2013
Hops Of Wrath from Dust Bowl Brewing Company - Downtown Taproom
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 207 ratings