HopBot IPA
Hop City Brewing Co.

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From:
Hop City Brewing Co.
 
Ontario, Canada
Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #3,131
ABV:
7.1%
Score:
85
Ranked #21,409
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 11.9%
Ratings:
318
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jul 07, 2021
Added:
Apr 17, 2014
Wants:
  12
Gots:
  102
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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3.89 by Dentist666 from Russian Federation on Jul 01, 2021
 
3.64 by NightINgale from Russian Federation on Nov 06, 2020
Photo of rodbeermunch
3.36/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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.

May 15, 2020
Photo of HopMaester
4.41/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by HopMaester from Canada (ON)

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!

Apr 26, 2020
 
3.67 by SteveWeiler from Canada (ON) on Dec 21, 2019
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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
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

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.

Oct 21, 2018
 
3.93 by AxlSkull from France on Aug 04, 2018
 
4.15 by cosmicdave from Canada (BC) on Jun 07, 2018
Photo of ThomazFigueiredo
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ThomazFigueiredo from Canada (ON)

One of the best Alcohol / dollar ratio packed in IPA goodness.
Can't go wrong with it!

May 09, 2018
 
3.91 by bixby1971 from Canada (ON) on Mar 11, 2018
Photo of Iron_Tusk
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Iron_Tusk from Canada (QC)

Strong caramel malt taste. Piney and subtle citrus flavors.

Jan 27, 2018
Photo of patre_tim
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by patre_tim from Thailand

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.

Dec 17, 2017
 
4.6 by Jshelley from Canada (ON) on Dec 11, 2017
Photo of Mysticmage
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Mysticmage from Canada (ON)

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.

Nov 12, 2017
Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.12/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by SpeedwayJim from New York

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.

Sep 16, 2017
Photo of swim
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by swim from Canada (ON)

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.

Sep 05, 2017
 
3.36 by Juiposa from Canada (ON) on Aug 12, 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
by UwishUdrove1 from Canada (ON)

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.

Jul 11, 2017
Photo of Att0
1.8/5  rDev -52.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75
by Att0 from Canada (ON)

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.

Jul 08, 2017
 
4 by binno from Canada (ON) on Jul 01, 2017
 
4.86 by StormAles from Canada (ON) on Jun 29, 2017
Photo of ewpass
3.87/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by ewpass from Canada (PE)

Clear copper in colour with moderate head and lacing, citrus grapefruit nose, firm malt body with crisp hop finish. 7.1% ABV not in evidence.

Jun 05, 2017
 
4.39 by kier from Canada (ON) on May 28, 2017
Photo of Lewnanny
4.31/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Lewnanny from Canada (NB)

New thought I will live this kind of beer. This is one of the beer I drink often, The Hop mixture is perfectly brewed.

Try this one

Jan 21, 2017
 
4.54 by Bitburger from Vermont on Dec 05, 2016
 
4.24 by DoubleMalt from New York on Oct 30, 2016
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4.14/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

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.

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
by Jesterr44 from Canada (ON)

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.

Oct 06, 2016
 
4.06 by HarveyBerger from Canada (AB) on Sep 18, 2016
 
4.25 by JohnnyForeign from New Jersey on Aug 25, 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
by Jeffo from Netherlands

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!

Aug 22, 2016
 
3.87 by wisegreensoul from Idaho on Jul 30, 2016
 
3.83 by Derek from Canada (BC) on Jul 21, 2016
 
3.25 by LanceH from Canada (ON) on Jul 20, 2016
 
4.4 by Boo-urns from Canada (ON) on Jul 05, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by Dragginballs76 from South Carolina

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.

Jun 25, 2016
 
4.03 by Chriswillms9 from Canada (AB) on Jun 18, 2016
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Hallu from France

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.

Jun 05, 2016
 
3 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania on Jun 03, 2016
HopBot IPA from Hop City Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 318 ratings