HopBot IPA
Hop City Brewing Co.

HopBot IPAHopBot IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #5,253
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
85
Ranked #28,574
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 11.9%
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
316
From:
Hop City Brewing Co.
 
Ontario, Canada
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Year-round
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SCORE
85
Very Good
HopBot IPAHopBot IPA
Notes: Programmed with 5 West Coast American hops, HopBot IPA brings out waves of absurd citrus and tropical aroma and flavor.

The Citra, Centennial, Mosaic, Summit and Willamette hops are perfectly balanced by a solid malt backbone.
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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From August 2015. Scored this in Oregon.

Pours a solid copper color with 1/4" white head. Maybe a tad maltier than your average ipa these days. Even though it has Mosaic and Citra hops, they don't make a big punch through aroma wise, they might be here in relative minority proportions to the other 3 hop varieties. I'm getting just as much centennial pine, grapefruit notes as I am anything of a sweeter citrus or tropical fruit sense, not to mention the relative sweetness honey like of the caramel maltiness.

Taste offers both a firmer, sweeter malt bill to interact with the bittering hops. I'm also not pulling much if any Summit hop notes out of it. Willamette's earthiness and Centennial's bittering grapefruit like notes are the most pull on the beer. The caramel isn't excessive, it firmly bonds with Centennial. Hit of a bitter/alcohol light sting, but it lets you know you're alive. The commercial tug job knows what people wanna read, but it is a little more old school than that in reality. Good enough to try and not be disappointed, but no reason to seek it out again either.

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Photo of HopMaester
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Excellent IPA
Great Lacing and lovely deep color
Smells like an IPA should without being too alcohol-y smelling
Tastes fantastic and Feels like a great fall beer

Must try. Got it at 30% off at the LCBO!

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HopMaester from Ontario (Canada), Apr 26, 2020
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3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Can, undetermined date:
A nice, clear amber beer, maybe leaning a little darker amber. A nice wide collar of near-white bubbles adorns the surface as I take my last sips.

The nose initially leans more American barleywine, with a raisin and dark fruit sweetness that is countered by a light grass and pine needle bitterness that seems like it could have some oxidation. The taste doesn't lean as sweet as expected, thankfully. The caramel malts have their say, but the bitterness keeps them at bay. The hops have more of a spiciness to them than I would've guessed from the nose. They also do little more than balance the beer initially. They grow a little more aggressive as the beer warms.

A very clean beer where the malt notes are more distinct, but there is a subtle bitterness that takes some time to make its presence felt. I slowly enjoyed this more as the beer neared the bottom of the glass.

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cjgiant from District of Columbia, Oct 21, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper, hazy with no carbonation and 2 fingers of creamy, off white head.

Smells of citrus, pine, oranges and cereal malts. Also, has creme brulee, pineapple and tropical fruits.

Tastes of pine, resinous notes, and orange zest, caramel, tropical fruits and pineapples. There's a solid grapefruit bitterness on the end.

Medium, slightly sticky body, with lots of carbonations.

Got in Barrie Beer Store, drinking in Muskoka Dec 16th, 2017. Solid IPA.

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patre_tim from Thailand, Dec 17, 2017
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3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a tulip glass. Decent head that lasted well. Pours organe caramel with semi transparent look. Nose is weak on this one - some citrus, fruit but weak overall. Fair enough taste but Beau’s is a better choice here. american style are hard to come by in Ontario so this will do in a pinch.

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Mysticmage from Ontario (Canada), Nov 12, 2017
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3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to a coworker for this one.

16oz. can into a Surly teku.

Nose is caramel, brown sugar, resin and citrus. Real aromatic. Sweeter than I like but its solid. Beer opens with hints of tea and bark. Sweet in the middle. Touches of caramel, brown sugar, more black tea leaves and bark. There's a lot going on here but its not my type of flavor profile. Body is medium with ample carbonation. Filmy and thick in the mouth. Not really appropriate for the style.

Not a fan of this one. From the aroma, to the taste, to the feel, it was all wrong for me.

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SpeedwayJim from New York, Sep 16, 2017
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3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Nearly opaque dark orangey brown. Very little beige head and nearly no lacing.

S: Not the strongest smell but floral and fruity. Smells like a blend of citrus fruit juice without any typical beer smells.

T: Not your typical strong IPA bold crisp hoppy profile, the malt is very pronounced, likely even more than the hops. The malts have a toasty caramel flavour and the hops are lightly indistinctly citrusy and rindy. Nearly no bitterness or dryness. The higher alcohol content isn't noticeable at all from the taste.

F: Very little carbonation. The feel is very noticeably thick and smooth.

O: Not the punchy hoppiness I was expecting but I was pleasantly surprised by the maltiness. It doesn't seem to be overly complex but it is a very enjoyable and easy drinking beer despite the higher alcohol content.

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swim from Ontario (Canada), Sep 05, 2017
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4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a ton of citrus in my pour. I was in Toronto and decided to give it a go. I love the west coast US hops and citrus flavor. I will see if I can find it in the states.

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UwishUdrove1 from Ontario (Canada), Jul 11, 2017
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1.8/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Really weak IPA based on the description. Loads of caramel mask the hops, not getting any of the "waves of absurd citrus and tropical aroma and flavor" Change the description to English IPA or how IPA's tasted in the early 2000's and you have a winner.

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Att0 from Ontario (Canada), Jul 08, 2017
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4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I began this latest quest on Monday, which was Canadian Thanksgiving Day, by scouring my backlog to see what Canadian beers might lay in wait. Unfortunately for my plans, two of the first three were a**kicking AMLs from Labatt & then I was on a planned expedition on Tuesday. This is less hair of the dog and more like the horse that I rode in on. This is also my last Canadian beer for the foreseeable future as I work on the rest of my backlog.

From the bottle: "Craft with attitude,"; "Programmed with 5 West Coast American hops, HopBot IPA brings out waves of absurd citrus and tropical aroma and flavor. The Citra, Centennial, Mosaic, Summit and Willamette hops provide 70 IBUs which are perfectly balanced by a solid malt backbone."

I Pop!ped the cap, which was a pleasant feeling & I did a gentle pour for on other reason than it was early & I did not feel like cleaning up a mess, if one occurred. An in-glass swirl raised a finger of dense, foamy, tawny head with good retention. Color was Deep Amber/Light Copper to Copper (SRM = > 13, < 17) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled more strongly of earthy malts than of all of the hops being touted on the label. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was an unexpected jolt of especially resinous pine hops, initially, followed by a wash of tropical fruit flavors like mango, papaya & guava and underlain by a more earthy than biscuity malt flavor. Wow! Well, if I was not quite awake before, I definitely am now! Phew.

Now, here is my conundrum - Mitch Steele has recently been quoted as saying that (A)IPAs have become too prevalent and some are too hoppy & bitter to be enjoyable. Hmmm. As a self-described, self-avowed hophead, I almost always derive enjoyment from precisely the sort of thing that Mr. Steele is describing. That was certainly the case here as the hops were pretty unrelenting, but I did not feel that they were overdone/overused where I have encountered that in some AIPAs. I mention this only because I am skewed in favor of hop-driven beers, plus I try to find something to like in a beer, rather than looking to fault the brewer. Yeah, it makes me a lenient rater, but that is why I always include a review - I want to qualify my quantifications.

The finish was dry, but I would not call it outright bitter. The term "juicy" gets used a good bit and I feel that it applies in this case. The citrus fruit flavors especially lingered and the pine flavor was more resinous and minty than bitter. I liked it well enough and having seen one reviewer's mention of it coming in a CAN, I would definitely revisit it, given the opportunity.

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woodychandler from Pennsylvania, Oct 13, 2016
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4.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice amber near-clear IPA with a decent blend of hops & malt which gives a hop forward taste with a well balanced biscuity sweetness to keep the bitterness at bay, although it peeks through on the finish. Notes of pine, floral, citrus, tangerine, melon all combine in a sweet/smooth moderately light hop rush which give way to just a hint more bitterness on the tongue than I'd like at the end. One of the better Canadian IPAs I've had but can't quite match the flavour or balance of a Heady Topper or Lagunitas Hop Stoopid. This rivals for the best IPAs available from the LCBO.

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Jesterr44 from Ontario (Canada), Oct 06, 2016
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3.45/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this one at the LCBO this past summer.

From a can into a snifter
IBU: 70
Hops: Citra, Centennial, Mosaic, Summit & Willamette

APPEARANCE: Pours a 2+ finger, medium looking, creamy white head with great retention. Clear burnt orange with next to no carbonation. Head slowly fades to a foamy cap and clings to the sides of the glass. A splotchy wisp remains leaving touches of lacing as the glass empties.

SMELL: Citrus hops, lemon, honeydew melon, pineapple and some tropical fruits. A bit of caramel as well. Bold enough.

TASTE: Caramel sweetness and grassy, piney hops up front. More tropical fruits at the swallow with a bolder and lingering finish of melon, piney notes, lemon, tropical fruits, mango and hop bitterness. Pretty flavorful.

PALATE: Medium body and medium levels of carbonation. Slightly foamy on the palate, goes down fine and finishes a bit dry. Some bitterness lingers.

OVERALL: Pretty decent. A good nose on this one and the flavor is pretty enjoyable as well. The feel could be less foamy but it doesn’t detract from the experience too much. A good beer from Hop City. Cheers!

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Jeffo from Netherlands, Aug 22, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours - Golden orange color with nice white head good lacing.

Smell - Lots of orange peel and tropical fruit, little bit of hop and malt hints as well.

Taste - Slightly hoppy, good mango, orange flavors little bit of bitterness.

Feel - Medium body, well carbonated little dry.

Overall - I really enjoyed this beer, the tropical flavors mixed with the hops made it stand out.

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Dragginballs76 from South Carolina, Jun 25, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

It's very cheap in France (1.8 €), especially for an IPA from accross the Atlantic. But for the price, it is quite good. Solid hop aromas, it is up there with let's say, Brewdog's Hardcore IPA, for less than half the price... It is also, I think, much better than other American IPAs we can find in shops in France, like Lost Coast, again for half the price.

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Hallu from France, Jun 05, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I never would have bought this beer except as I was cruising through the aisles at my favorite beer store I noticed a sign for two free glasses with the purchase of a case of Hopbot IPA. So I got out my iPhone and checked it out and thought OK, and put the case of Hopbot IPA 12oz bottles on my hand-cart.
A good deal I thought for $34.00 - two free glasses with a case of IPA 12oz bottles brewed with Citra, Centennial, Mosaic, Summit, and Willamette hops. I was a little concerned that I couldn't find a brew date on the container but I figured I love the brews from the NE US and Ontario is right next door.
I was right. There are many good IPAs out there and this is one of them. Everything is there the way it should be - aroma, flavor, balance, blah, blah, blah; but also the little things like lacing and head retention. Just a real nice IPA. Thanks Hopcity. I'm finishing my 4th Hopbot and thinking, damn ... life is good.

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Joek201 from Pennsylvania, Apr 07, 2016
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4.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm on a mission to find the best locally brewed IPAs (southern Ontario). At the moment I must say this is the benchmark for me. HOP BOT is a perfectly balanced IPA. Just the right amount of bitterness/sweetness combination. Decent amount of carbonation. Beautiful orange colour. Citrus, pine and earthy feel to this lovely beer. 7.1% ABV, which truly is masked, means you probably don't need to drink more than one (which is a good thing).

If IPAs are not your thing but you like the idea of it, this brewery has a pale ale called "Big Mouth Pale Ale" which is literally a lighter version of this in all aspects. Give both a try; you won't regret it!

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cosmin from Ontario (Canada), Feb 20, 2016
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3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - This beer poured an almost completely clear orangy amber color (might be a chill haze) with 2 fingers of off white head that fades to leave a ring around the edge with a light film.

Aroma - The aroma is of a strong citrus note, I get grapefruit, orange, mango, followed by caramel malts and a very light pine in the bacground.

Taste - The flavor profile is definitely something different from the norm, You get the same grapefruit, orange peel, and mango folllwed by what im getting as a light watermelon, then some caramel malts and pine, the pine is very light in this one though.

Feel - The feel is where I feel this one could be stronger, its a very watery feeling light medium body with some very light pricks coming from the carbonation.

Overall - No beer can be perfect and the flaws in feel are obvious with this one. With that said the aroma and flavor profile really do make this beer an interesting one to try and it does end up being a very smooth refreshing fruity beer. Definitely worth trying if you can get your hands on it!

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CanadianBacon from Quebec (Canada), Feb 06, 2016
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4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Call me under-educated when it comes to beer, but this IPA is second to none in the local Ontario craft brew market. Absolutely exquisite pint. Orange-copper look, thick foamy head, tangy, quite bitter... just a joy to drink. Cheers.

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beersareonme from Ontario (Canada), Jan 28, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Hazy amber color with low activity. Slightly frothy beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with moderate legs. Flavors of butter, pineapple, orange, lemon, faint clove and pine, herbal and floral hops. Pleasant fruity sugary feel with a dash of zesty bitter citrus. Slick and smooth medium body with the perfect amount of crispy carbonation. Medium to strong finish, lingers for a while, with citrus and a grassy hoppy feel. Overall very good quality craft. Delicious flavors, good balance, well intensified. Fresh but still bitter. No alcohol feel.

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TheBierdimpfe from Quebec (Canada), Dec 31, 2015
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4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a can at lcbo. If you're looking for a nice easy going hoppy beer i'd go to this everytime. nice citrusy hops with multiple dimensions of flavour profile. Definitely a mild bisquit malt backbone present but the hops stole the show in the batch i got. Hard to believe a 7.1 percent beer can be this refreshing.

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william_971 from Ontario (Canada), Nov 24, 2015
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3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From Club del Gourmet of El Corte Ingles. In Ikea's pint glass. Watchinh Better Call Saul 1x03. Good on aroma but a bit rancid in taste. Drinkable anyway

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2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: [3.00] Clear tangerine color beer. The beer has 1 1/2 fingers of white head. The head forms nice arcs of lace on the glass. Unfortunately the bottle does not list the ABV or any dates.

S: [3.25] Initially I was getting some pine scents from the hops but it settled into a nice caramel malt smell.

T: [2.75] The hop flavor, if it existed, is really faded. I get mild lemon rind and grass followed by some caramel in the malts.

M: [3.00] Medium body. Decent carbonation. There is a lingering dryness from the hops that comes across as medicinal.

O: [3.00] With a name like HopCity I expected a hop forward beer. This drinks more like an APA. It is possible that the hops have faded, it could have been on the shelf for months/years (no dates). I won't buy this again (I rarely by IPAs with no dates - but I saw it when traveling).

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fscottkey from New York, Sep 18, 2015
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3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A-Golden colour with a hint of amber. White head that lingers for a little and then dissipates
S-I get more malt than hops on this IPA. Very feint hop aroma in the citrus and dank zone
T-Very mild bitterness with the malt overtone being the dominant flavour profile
M-Light mouthfeel with carbonation at an acceptable point
O-This beer is okay...I was expecting a little more

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SSS from Quebec (Canada), Aug 14, 2015
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3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a cold 12 oz. bottle into an ale glass.
Appearance: Copper, lovely, half a finger of head. Some aeration.
Aroma: Some malt, lots of hops, and ripe mango in the background.
Taste: Complex. Lots of flavors. Can taste a bunch of different hops and taste the noble heritage of some of them. Some ripe fruit also and bitterness (but not unpleasantly so).

Mouthfeel: Some lingering bitterness, but in a pleasant way.
Overall: A gorgeous complex beer with lots of nobility and some ripe fruit. Definitely buying more of these.

Thank-you Canada!

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ppvora from Pennsylvania, Jul 04, 2015
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3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A really nice IPA. I like the citrusy and hop flavors that came off of this beer. CANADA knows beer. They have a solid IPA here. I would suggest trying it.

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JPowell712 from Pennsylvania, Jun 16, 2015
HopBot IPA from Hop City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 316 ratings