Hops Of Wrath | Dust Bowl Brewing Company - Downtown Taproom

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Hops Of WrathHops Of Wrath

Brewed by:
Dust Bowl Brewing Company - Downtown Taproom
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
"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."

Added by Bitterbill on 06-18-2009

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5/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +24.3%

Photo of R739
4.73/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 5

Really good beer, the taste from start to end is perfect....

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of Lard_City
4.49/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is becoming my benchmark California IPA. Their consistency is improving at a steady pace. Juiciness and hoppy bitterness in parallel.

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Photo of everyman
4.41/5  rDev +15.4%
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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4.4/5  rDev +15.2%

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4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
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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4.38/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle purchased from Beer On The Wall.

It pours a clear golden orange with close to a 3 finger head of foam. Some nice sticky lacing is on the sides of my glass.

The smell is hoppy with a nice grapefruit aroma mixed in with some notes of pine. I'm trying to pull some sort of malt presence out but I can't. Oh well, it smells oh so like a west coast IPA...which it is!

Taking a few sips, the flavours start off slowly but by mid palate, they start to shine. It seems to be more balanced than the nose; nice flavours of grapefruit and pine bring bitterness but that is soon tempered by a tasty bread influence, even a touch of caramel sweetness, and hence the more balance. Very good stuff if your looking for good balance in your IPA but hopheads should also be pleased as there's a very nice bitter finish.

On the high end of medium bodied with the carbonation on the higher end of light. I really like the mouthfeel here. Also of note, head retention is superb.

Drinkability? The more subtle take on a west coast IPA makes for some great drinkability? The 22oz I started off with before I started typing this review is down to, what, 8 oz? Yeah man, this a delicious brew from I brewery I've never heard of. Keep making beers like this, Dust Bowl, and I'll gladly try more!

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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a bottle of this at Beer Revolution, just because I hadn't seen it before, I love IPAs, and it was a reasonable price. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised. This is a well made beer and quite tasty. Pours a nice orange amber with a creamy white head that fades to a thin cap. Nice citrusy and piny nose, with a bit of creaminess and parrafin in the background. Grapefruit and orange interplay with pine and spicy herbs. This is an IPA with some oomph to it. Nice bitter flavors playing off of some sweet, clean malt. Lots of pine and grapefruit pith up front, with a lingering bitter finish tempered by a delicate, sweet creaminess that is very appetizing. The more I drink the better it gets. I really like this quite a bit. Big, chewy, bitter mouthfeel, with some relief from the light, sweet malt. This beer is relentlessly bitter- in a good way- and far more so than some of the big reputation bitter IPAs out there I've had. At 6.6%, it packs a lot of flavor on a relatively slender frame. Kudos! Hope we see more fine beer from this brewery.

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4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving Type: 22 oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass

A: Clean, light golden hue, gorgeous thick head when poured into the glass that lasted a few minutes leaving behind nice lacing on the glass.

S: Sniffff....ahhh! Hops. Citrus, pine, a slight hint of malt, but mostly clean fresh hop notes coming through.

T: WOW! This is a nice West Coast style IPA. Lots of citrus and a little bite of spiciness up front, still lots of hop flavors on the mid palate with hints of sweet malt, bitter finish lingers with more citrus notes.

M: Good, medium body, creamy for an IPA. A nice surprise...you wouldn't know by the taste that there is this much body to the beer.

D: I could drink this again and again. I have had it on tap as well. If you like IPA's, this is a must try!

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4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a sturdy head that leaves plenty of foam around the pint glass

Smell: Very pithy, with plenty of pine, as well, and an underlying cookie dough malt character

Taste: Cookie dough and caramel together in the malt base with a pithy blast of pine that joins by mid-palate; the malts, which re-emerge after the swallow, provide a unique character that blends nicely with the hop elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: The malt character of this beer sets it apart from other IPAs; still, it has a nice hop presence, as well, that will satisfy any hophead

Thanks, duels, for the chance to revisit

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4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange-ish to yellow color with an off white head. In the aroma, orange citrus, almost like orange juice. In the taste, orange citrus tartness and a nice hop. Almost tastes like a IPA made with orange juice. A hop bite and medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry orange peel like aftertaste. Big orange juice like with nice hops.

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4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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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4.27/5  rDev +11.8%
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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4.26/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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Hops Of Wrath from Dust Bowl Brewing Company - Downtown Taproom
Beer rating: 3.82 out of 5 with 182 ratings