Hops Of Wrath | Dust Bowl Brewing Company

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Hops Of WrathHops Of Wrath
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Dust Bowl Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
41
Ratings:
168
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
22.94%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
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Photo of BierJager89
4.27/5  rDev +10.1%
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 -2.8%
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 -8%
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 +10.1%
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 +12.9%
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 -16%
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 +5.2%
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 -5.9%
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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Photo of ThePaleRider
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Scored the 6 pack while on Thanksgiving vacation in Yosemite.

A - Very dark ambery/orange. Very nice off white, one finger head. Very nice retention and lacing on the glass. Crystal clear without any floaters.

S - Plenty of orange, lemon, and mango piled up on some bready malts that also seem to be giving off a hint of something spicy.

T - Starts off very dry and bitter. Not picking up a whole lot of the citrus. Seems to drink a pretty heavy on the malts with the hops just being there to add the bitterness. Not as hop forward in flavor as I like my IPA's.

M - A little watery without a lot of afterthought. Loads of carbonation!

O - Eh, not too impressed. Way too many other IPA's in the world to settle for an average one.

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Photo of Burlyn
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark golden honey color with a medium lasting head.

Smells like citrus and earthy hops

Citrus all the way. A little floral and malty. Not nearly as hoppy a most beers of this style.

Medium bodied with a good level of carbonation

Overall I'm happy to see a central valley brewery producing quality beer such a this. Although its a lot less bitter and hoppy than the average American ipa. In a way this is appreciated since this makes it pleasant mild and easy to drink.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My wife got this for me a while ago.

Appearance- copper color, nice size head with good retention, nice lacing

Smell- citrus and piney hops

Taste- mostly citrus hops, nice bitterness at the end

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- very good, nice citrus and bitterness

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Photo of shleepy
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Hopyard in Pleasanton on 9/1/2011 (going through my notes and posting older reviews).

A: Golden, clear. Medium head and head retention. Tiny white bubbles.

S: Subtle, earthy hops.

T: Light on hops for an IPA. Super-balanced with the malt flavor. Ultimately, it tastes more like an ESB or British pale, rather than an American IPA. Pleasant earthiness and green tea flavor. Light fruitiness (certainly not as much citrus as a lot of West Coast IPA's, though).

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: Minus points for being un-IPA-like, but it's a tasty, highly drinkable beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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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Photo of jvillefan
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a medium amber color. When poured into the glass there was an ivory colored head that took nearly 40% of the glass.

S: One of the most pleasantly fragrant beers I have had in a while. There are hints of citrus and pine. The overwhelming aroma comes from the very clean and crisp smell of hops.

T: This is one of the best IPAs I have ever had. The hops are at the forefront of the bold and bitter taste. The pine and the citrus that are found in the aroma is mirrored in the rich flavor of this beer.

M: The beer is a little viscus but not as much as some other IPAs. If there is one fault in the beer then it is here but the mouthfeel is still above average.

O: This is my second time drinking a 22 oz of this beer and it will definitely not be my last. I could drink this beer every day.

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Photo of AleEvangelist
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today, I had the privilege of tasting Dust Bowl Brewing Co.’s IPA, the Hops of Wrath. For starters, Don Oliver is by no means an inexperienced brewmaster. He’s been homebrewing for a couple decades now, I believe, and the beers of his I’ve been privileged to try have been STUNNING…..all of them. :) So when I saw the Hops of Wrath at my local Save Mart in Oakdale, I couldn’t help but grab a bottle. I had a feeling that this was Don’s beer, as his dad had told me that he was opening a brewery in Turlock. I was ecstatic! Now the beer:

Appearance: The beer pours like a pale with a nice head that had some staying power. Even now, after it’s been sitting for a bit, there’s a thin layer of foam, with nice lacing on the sides of my glass. The color was pale amber, which you’d expect for an IPA. In short, it’s pretty. :)

Smell: Served cooler than room temp, but not cold. This beer appears from the aroma to be extremely well-balanced. I can smell sweet malty notes mixed with some floral/citrus from the hops. In all, not overly-hoppy in the nose, which bodes well for for the flavor. This beer is not hops kicked up to 11, which makes for a more traditional IPA vs. a West Coast style. (Nose is slightly stuffy, sadly.)

Taste: A very balanced blend of hops and malt! American brewers have tended to the extreme ends of hoppiness and alcohol lately. Stone is a good example of this. Those are great beers, but this leans more toward the traditional IPA side of things with aromatic and flavorful hops. It’s really tasty, bursting with the resin-y hop flavor associated with excellent IPA’s. Plenty of malty sweetness to balance it. If you want to taste more hops in this beer, I think it could be served colder. I prefer balance, so I served it more cellar temp which let the hop notes play second fiddle to the excellent maltiness! Still, the finish is all hops. The hop flavor loves to linger on the back of the tongue to remind you that you are drinking the Hops of Wrath. If they don’t hit you in the front of the palate, just wait a minute!

Mouthfeel: Since the beer is not overly alcoholic, it’s not as chewy as more extreme IPA’s would be. Not watery, by any stretch of the imagination, but very drinkable. Also not syrupy, which definitely helps the flavor not be so darn sweet.

Overall: This beer is VERY drinkable. Served colder, the hop notes would be more prominent, but they’re not missing at all. I spent the evening drinking some Noble Pils from Sam Adams, so I’ve been enjoying hoppiness all evening. This beer was the perfect closer to a great day! Well-balanced is the key to this tasty beer, something that takes skill to hit. A lot of people make IPA’s, and they war with who can use the most hops, or the highest alpha-acid hops. Someone who balances perfectly with malt possesses skill, and I look forward to seeing what comes from Dust Bowl Brewing Company!

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Photo of Klym
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a surly nonic.

This is probably the best example of a B+ beer I've ever encountered.. It's just so good, without anything about it being great or exceptional. A really nice balance of hops (though they get a little bit too bitter toward the end), with citrus sprits and a malty backbone. I really enjoyed drinking this and would totally pick up a bottle if I'm just looking for something to enjoy while watching a movie or something. My now go-to IPA in terms of availability and decency. Nice!

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

Bottle from BevMo in Modesto, CA

A - Poured a copper color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of citrus hops on a decent malt backing

T - Lots of bitter citrus hops up front with the caramel malt in the finish

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

O - Overall this is a good IPA has a good flavor thats enjoyable and keeps me coming back for more worth getting if you see this fairly new brewery around

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Photo of ebrauser
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a pint glass

Appearance: Thick white head on top of a clear, pale gold base

Smell: Grassy with small bits of pine and grapefruit. Nothing overwhelming or incredibly hoppy.

FLavor: Bittersweet taste with a fairly prominent hop base. Bitterness is a little abrasive but not in an over-hopped way. Finish is lingering citrus tartness.

MF: Smooth and a little creamy, with a little more sweetness than expected. Very drinkable

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Photo of aero13
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was in Modesto this weekend visiting my In laws, so needless to say much of my time was spent was in pursuit of some decent beer in this smaller city.

Found Hops of Wrath on tap at the BJ's next to the mall. It was the only IPA on tap and the proximity to the brewery made me excited to try this Cali IPA.

The color is light copper and has a fairly translucent consistency. The flavor was fresh and smooth, with the traits that guarantee that I will be happy...

-Grapefruit undertones
-Piney taste
-Low malt content
-Easy to drink

I went through 4 pints while watching the NBA slam dunk contest and left feeling toasty, but not overwhelmed or headache inducing.

If you love a delicious Cali IPA with these qualities you will be happy with H.O.W... I found a box of them at the Bevmo and after sampling a 22' I decided to bring 5 back south with me. The bottle certainly isn't as good as the tap (ce la vie) but is essentially the same flavor spectrum with a bit of a metallic hint. No date on the bottle or the box, but these were fresh from the brewery.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #39 (Apr 2010):

Clear and copper, with an impeccable off-white lacing on the glass ... a beautiful-look- ing brew. Orangey, with mineral salt, floral notes and a little biscuit in the nose. Crisp medium body with a deep smoothness that runs well with the assertive hop bitterness. Fruity, with hints of caramel, hermit cookie dough and a little bread. The malt stands tall enough and does not topple over as the hops make a hard push of bitterness and flavor. A bit of orange rind, herbal and faint tobacco show as the hops unfold. A quick kiss of warming, alcoholic, fruity esters in the middle lingers on the breath. Long hop finish with a base of malt to help it along.

Sip after sip, the hop flavor grows on you, and near halfway through the bottle, this beer becomes near exceptional. Soft goat cheese coated with fresh cracked black pepper, can- died walnuts and fresh figs seem like a good pairing here.

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Photo of brewerburgundy
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

20oz pour into a shaped pint-like glass at the Standard Pour, Standard (Sonora), CA.

Like a proper West Coast IPA, the beer is a very clear middlin' orange with a nice sticky white head.

Sharp citrus dominates the nose; grapefruit, lemon, with a good bitterness apparent. Fits the profile for a good Californian IPA but hops aren't flowing from the glass like the top examples and it seems to be balanced right in the middle.

Moderate bitterness greets the tongue, and like I guessed, not destructive bitterness. Grapefruit and orange have the attention with malt that doesn't garner much attention.

I like where the Standard Pour has their carb set. After twenty minutes this one is a softy in the mouth. Not flat but not spritzy.

I'm glad there is another Central California brewery, but so far this is their only beer. Please be more interesting. I understand the need for a beer such as an IPA to pay the bills, but experiment and let us decide. Good IPA, but there is no lack of those.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Pete's Brass Rail in Danville.

Brought to the table in a pint glass and I view a bronze copper ale with no head whatsoever as Pete's tries to fill the glass as much as possible, which I like and dislike at the same time. Can't fault the beer on this one. Hoppy aroma with citrus but lacking anything special. Not overpowering. Very hoppy taste with a peppery finish on the swallow. Very long bitter aftertaste. A lot of grapefruit in this one. Rather thin mouthfeel. Drinkability was so-so for myself but worth a shot for all the grapefruit lovers out there. I would love to give this another shot from a bottle as I feel it was somewhat shortchanged due to the pour and possible dirty glass.

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Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
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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Photo of berkey
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Hop Yard San Ramon. Served in a pint glass 09/03/10.

Medium sized nicely retained head tops a clean pale amber body. Spotty lacing.

Aroma is pleasanty bitter with some minor citrus but isn't exactly dizzying with hop complexity. Sturdy but clean bread-like malt backbone doesn't have a problem cutting through.

Floral and grassy on the entry with a lingering dry but clean bitterness on the aftertaste. Not as intense as the name might have some guess if they miss the literary reference but very easy drinking for what it is.

I'm not completely certain this does enough to distinguish itself in a very crowded local IPA market but the brewer seems to know his or her trade well enough to make me curious to see what else they offer.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
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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