Hopago IPA | Papago Brewing

no score
Awaiting 10 Reviews
no score
Send samples

Brewed by:
Papago Brewing
Arizona, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Made with Columbus and Falconers Flight.

120 IBU

Added by nickfl on 03-27-2012

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 2 | Ratings: 23
Photo of OrestesMethuon
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Picked up a well-sealed howler on 2 June 2015 from Papago, and consumed it nine days later.

Either the nice woman tending bar mis-draughted from the taps, the menu mis-described this beer, or the right beer was mis-treated by too much time in the kegs. Indeed, aside from the 4.25 for "Look", you could probably pretty fairly replace all my scores of this beer with question-marks, because I'm really not sure what this beer is, should be, or—assuming the first two—what's it's trying to do.

A deep, caramel-heavy, abv-pumped aroma punches the nose and, on first pour, immediately warned that something was up, one way or another. The taste is thick, sticky, heavy on the maple notes, a bit ashy, and leaning towards the strident with every degree it warms. Really, it's essentially a barley-wine—and, if meant to be so, is somewhat imbalanced and fairly mediocre. If it used to be or was meant to be an IPA, however, it's really ... well "not very fine" would be wording things with exorbitant kindness.

If I were to be in Papago again and saw "Hopago" on the menu, I'd certainly (and optimistically) ask for a sample. Otherwise, this is a good lesson on ordering a sight-untasted howler—even when one is in a rush, and even from a brewery one trusts.

 1,268 characters

Photo of nickfl
3.6/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - poured with one finger of white foam on a clear, golden body. The head settles quickly and leaves almost no lace.

S - a spicy hop aroma with some toasty malt in the background.

T - sweet, bready malt up front with some floral hops that come out in the middle. Finishes with toasted grain, light grapefruit, and moderate bitterness.

M - medium body, moderately low carbonation, and a balanced finish.

D - drinkable and well balanced, but lacking in hop aromaand a bit undercarbonated.

 499 characters

Hopago IPA from Papago Brewing
3.29 out of 5 based on 23 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.