Hopburst IPA | Madhouse Brewing Company

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Hopburst IPAHopburst IPA

Brewed by:
Madhouse Brewing Company
Iowa, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hopbursting is a relatively new brewing technique in which the vast majority of hops are added to the kettle late in the boil in order to achieve enhanced extraction of hop components (i.e. Hopbursting gives you tons of hop flavor and aroma!) Our Hopburst IPA has a substantial malt base, balanced with huge additions of our unique hop blend. This creates an incredibly flavorful beer, with smooth bitterness and hoppy goodness.

55 IBU

Added by DesMoinesMike on 05-13-2011

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Photo of HoppyBastard
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I can find.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, copper color with more than one-finger off-white head, excellent retention, eventually settled to a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles that persisted throughout, higher than average carbonation, significant lacing.

SMELL: caramel and bread with some pine and grapefruit, flowery.

TASTE: true to it's name, initially sweet caramel then there is a burst of fruity, grapefruit and pineapple citrus hops and some pine notes as well, the 7.2% ABV is well disguised.

PALATE: somewhat creamy, medium body.

OVERALL: this is a really good beer but I can only have one because it is so sweet and fruity, the tropical citrus IPA's seem to be all the rage right now, this is a good choice for anyone who likes the style.

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Photo of ScrewBud
3.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - a little foggy light Amber
S - grassy, hoppy
T - malt at first then some hops but not as much as I wanted
F - pretty refreshing
O - ok but with a name like Hopburst, I was really looking for a hop bomb...

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Photo of cjgiant
3.63/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice copper-gold clear beer, with significant white head. Head lasts well and provides some lacing.
Nose is pretty generic grassy to pithy bitterness over a lightly bread-grain smell.
Taste is similar to the nose, but with a slight note of citrus as well. Definitely on the bitter side, grassy to pithy, but a little thicker in feel than I like my IPAs.
I think this is quite an okay IPA, but the malt is present enough to make it lean a little towards a hoppy APA. The bitter dryness grows with each sip, though.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For a lack of better options, I settled with pouring this one into a wine glass and was greeted by an incredibly clear, deep amber body that hosts to light trails of carbonation and provides a solid foundation for a considerable, off-white head. Respectable retention and nice lacing.

There is a lot going on here and unfortunately, to the point that it all sort of blends together. Every note that you may love about your favorite IPA is detectable; pine, floral, citrus and tropical fruit, and earthy spicing all crowd around a malty caramel backbone. It's a very pleasant aroma, don't get me wrong, BUT.. it' would be better if there wasn't so much going on.

Bitterness is crisp but smooth, and is ever present from beginning to end. Pine and grass hops are dominant but play well with notes of tropical fruit. It's crisp and clean. Plenty of doughiness and and caramel to soften the bitterness. Sweet finish with a hint of booze.

Smooth and easy to drink. Well balanced for the style. Medium bodied and lightly carbonated.

A solid IPA and the first I truly enjoyed back when introduced this one 4-5 years ago. It has been awhile since consuming this one and I think my memory of this one is better than the glass that sits in front of me. However, this is well worth picking up and an easy introduction to the style.

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Photo of budgood1
4.26/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

22 oz. bomber.

pours out a muddied bronze colour with a tan tinged white head...frothy, sticky and leaving some sticky lace. tropical hop aroma...mango, banana, papaya with a good dose of sweet maltiness. the taste profile backs up what already has been detected in the nose...a sweet malt base providing the backdrop for a burst of hoppy goodness. the hops a bit more oily, herbal and piney than were detected in the smell deppartment, but also plenty of juicy hop flavours that run the gamut of tropical fruit flavours. plenty of residual bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness. tastes really good. full bodied with a slick yet luscious mouthfeel. drinkability is nice.

overall this really hits home with all the right stuff for an IPA. this definitley is on the bigger, bolder and brasher side for an IPA, but most hop heads wouldn't want it any other way. definitley recommended.

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Photo of TheChrisK
4.09/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a pint glass. Cloudy and deep amber color with a magnificent head that never seems to go away but leaves lacing behind all the way down.

S: Stong notes of hops and tropical fruits. I could actually smell it from the release while opening the bottle.

T: Extremely strong hops taste with a side of pineapple, grapefruit and orange peels.

M: Still impressed by the stamina of the thick foamy head. Medium-light body with a slightly dry but smooth finish.

O: This is probably the best American IPA I've had or maybe a close second. I wish I had bought two. Highly recommended!

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Photo of Walletsworth
3.96/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a deep amber color. One finger of head with good lacing. Has more of a citrus smell with a slight whiff of hops. Tastes more hoppy. Not as much citrus in the taste that I smelled but I think the citrus taste is good.

Overall it is a very good beer and I would have it again.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a deep copper color with a nice white head..

S-Citrus and tropical fruits on the nose along with a caramel like maltiness...some floral notes as well....

T-Some nice citrus hop juiciness evident right off the bat....oranges, tangerines....then a bit of tropical fruitiness as well (mangoes, papaya)...good malt balance with more of a toffee impression on the taste...

M-it all comes together nicely and surprisingly the lasting impression is a spicy hop hit....body is medium full....carbonation is good

O-Glad I bought this....never heard of this brewery before but this is a above average fruit forward IPA...not a lot of sharp bitterness which is fine by me...

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Photo of Pintofbrown
3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was bursting with hops in my nonic pint.

Appearance- This beer's foam has a nice dense look to it, but fades once the first drink is had. I like the big ring of lace orange-white lace that is left behind on the glass. An amber-golden glow comes from the glass, the carbonation columns are plentiful and fast moving.

Smell- This nose is pretty good! The citrus comes across as mandarin oranges, and even a bit like marmalade! I thought that there would be more resin, but this nose is a little more sweet than malty.

Taste- There is a big change on the palate. The beer gets a little more herbal and slightly bitter. It is like a combo of resin and tea-like qualities. I also pick up a little booze heat in the finish that is a touch inappropriate. There is a little bit of the marmalade, but it is so buried. Huge potential, but it does not pull it out.

Mouth feel- The feel is fine for the style. It is a solid medium that straddles the line between slick and creamy.

Overall- This IPA starts out very nice but falls off a little on the palate. I wish more of that sweet orange came through. I would come back to this IPA more if that were the case.

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Photo of CHADMC3
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rich copper body beneath the dense, foamy tan head which is quite slow to dissolve leaving a persistent head.

Earthy and spicy hop notes float from the glass. There is also some bread presence and nutty sweetness.

The flavor is also spicy hops with a sweet malty backbone. The spicy hops really kick in as it warms.

The body is rather chewy for an IPA with medium carbonation and a spicy finish.

Not necessarily the pungent hop kick I'm used to seeing but this is tasty. Impressive head retention and visually appealing to boot.

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Photo of katan
3.66/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22oz into a pint

A - Pours deep copper in color. Very clear, seems to be well filtered. Light off white head formation, just a little bit of lacing.

S - A more malty IPA - lots of nuttiness, bits of caramel, and just a little citrus hops.

T - Starts off sweet, malty, thinking of a sweet chocolate and caramel. Melds into some citrus hopping and a fair amount of bitterness in the mid-stream. Balanced and smooth. Finishes with a clean amber like flavor of of caramel.

M - Moderate body, light carbonation. Comes off pretty heavy. Alcohol warmth is restrained. A bit sugary and clingy.

O/D - More of a pale ale than an IPA, but I don't mind this beer. This probably brings back Madhouse a little bit for me. A little filling from its hefty nature. Overall tasty.

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Photo of Herky21
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Caramel, amber body.

Smell: The nose is great, lots of grapefruit. It's citrus-y and the dryhopping is done really well it seems like. The scent is my favorite part though, great nose.

Taste: Fantastically smooth . The hop bitterness comes around in the middle of the drink but the finish has a big caramel sweetness that is really welcome after the bitter middle part of the drink.

Mouthfeel: Well carbonated and hoppy. Really sticks to your teeth. And despite such a malty body it is a very light feeling beer which is nice.

Overall: There are so many IPAs available but many are missing out on a good hop selection. This is a well made beer, especially for Iowa.

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Photo of argock
4.12/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz brown bomber into a Duvel tulip. No freshness date. Received as a gift from little sis Tami.

A: Medium-amber with 1-2 finger fluffy light beige head with decent retention and random lace formations all around the glass.

S: Orange citrus and floral hops with an earthy undercurrent. Malts are light crystal with nice bready roundness.

T: The flavor is vibrant with pineapple and orange with floral tinges and the same herbal/earthy notes. There is a light-medium caramel sweetness that I wish was a little less prominent. There are toast and bread notes these as well. Solid balanced IPA flavor.

M: The feel is a little slick and oily with medium-body. It has low carbonation overall.

O: A nice beer that could benefit from a little more aggressive dry-hopping and decrease in the crystal malts. All in all though, this was a pretty enjoyable IPA and very pleasant surprise.

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Photo of JackieTH
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is amber orange capped by an inch of pillowy, off-white foam that persists nicely and leaves rings of lace. Smells of oranges, grapefruit, pine, and a subtle presence of malt. Taste is orange marmalade and grapefruit hop, subtle resin hop too, bitter initially, but with a decent heap of malt that reigns in the bitterness with a biscuity backbone while keeping the hop flavor front and center. Medium body holds together well, slightly chewy, tingling carbonation. Very solid offering out of Iowa.

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Photo of bismarksays
3.77/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an orangish/amber color with a nice two finger head. Decent lacing. It certainly looks the the part

S- Wow, orange juice and flowers. Hopbusting indeed.

T/M Strange, not bitter to me..really at. Really citrusy and slightly sweet, maybe a touch metalic...like those little cans of orange juice I had as a kid. Not unpleasant, but not really what I was expecting. Mouthfeel, a little sticky and resiny, but nothing unexpected from an IPA or Pale Ale.

Overall- A solid IPA. If anyting, it might be a little sweet for my standards, but if someone told me that they loved this beer, I would understand why. For me, the highlight of this beer was the nose.

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Photo of phenomenologian
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Upon pouring a white fluffy two finger head forms. It retains really well and laces nicely. The body is translucent and you can see constant bubbles rise to the top. The body color is an orangish hue. Almost brownish but predominantly orange. A dull orange at that. This is what I like to see in an IPA. Something like this or something around that color.

The smell is definitely of hops. It has a nice smell that is overloaded with hops. It also seems to have hints of citrus and barley. Hops are the best thing. Love the smell so far.

On the bottle is discussed a technique called hopbursting which shows in the awesome taste. Awesome blend of hops which I can taste some barley in or maybe Im wrong. Wonderfully tasting beer.

Its carbonated a bit and not to harsh. The mouthfeel is good and complements the qualities of the beer.

Overall, I love hoppy IPA's so Im obviously going to rate this high. I love the taste and other qualities. I will buy it again. Its a bit expensive but its a big bottle and you get your moneys worth if you like hoppy IPA's. Give it a try if you like any IPA.

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Photo of quaybr
3.37/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes: had on tap at Crescent Moon Ale House, 12/29.

Body is a crystal clear copper. No head, just a light foam ring around the top.

Aroma is of citrus and floral hops.

Caramel malts a little too much, outweighs the flavoring and bitter hops. A relatively clean finish begins to leave an oily residue as the brew warms up.

Part of the unpleasant taste is probably a product of undercarbonation.

I didn't particularly enjoy this beer. If this were an english IPA I would have reviewed it a little differently.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle into Tulip.

A. Poured a 3 finger head. Nice retention. Thick lacing. Color is a dark orange.

S. Nice hop aroma. Nice pine and citrus hop mix. Get a little bit of grapefruit. Some caramel malt base. Pretty nice hop bitterness.

T. Nice fruity hop flavor. Pretty surpised. This is an easy drinking well balanced IPA. Get a little bit of pine, but mostly citrus and fruity hop flavor. Get mostly caramel malt, but has a bit of biscuity malt flavor as well.

M. Medium bodied. Feels just a touch light, but maybe that is because I have been drinking Abrasive all week. Medium carbonation. Finishes just a little sweet.

O. Overall, I will admit that I had overlooked this beer for quite a while. Thanks to Dan for some good advice. This is a pretty solid IPA. Goes down exceptionally easy. Much better than the last Madhouse beer I had.

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Photo of dbossman
3.53/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Copper hue with a small but steady head and great lacing

S: Subtle citrus and grapefruit aromas on top of a sweet bready base--subtle but pleasant

T: Sweet malt quality followed by the citrus tropical fruits; fairly bready underneath and balanced though a touch too sweet; not really the "hopburst" I was hoping for

F: Thin up front and then the oily sticky hop residue helps thicken the body

O: A decent, little IPA but nothing overwhelming and like I said a touch thin and not quite what I was hoping for

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Photo of agomega
4.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a huge frothy white head that lingers.

Smell: Tons of hop aroma. A very nice mix that is difficult to nail down. There is some orange and pineapple citrus aroma, a piney note, and a nice subtle floral aroma holding it all together. Very pleasant.

Taste: Sweet malty backbone that is almost perfectly balanced with hop bitterness. Even though there is some piney hop aroma in the nose most of the flavor is citrus - primarily orange, but maybe some subtle pineapple or lemon in the background. Very pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium mouthfeel. Very well attenuated and easy to drink for a decent sized IPA.

Overall: This is really a great IPA - much better than I was anticipating. Even my wife stole half a glass from my bottle. Highly recommended.

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Photo of pigc
3.88/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a copper color with a massive three finger head. Lacing clings to the glass as it recedes.

S - Initial bready malt smell followed by a wave of earthy, piney hops.

T - Follows the nose. Malty flavor at the start followed by earthy pine and a slight citrus in there as well. Very well balanced.

M - Light to medium, slightly drying. Right on par with this style.

O - The best IPA out of Iowa thus far. This isn't an over the top West Coast style IPA, more of a well balanced IPA that still feeds that hop craving IPA lovers' desire. This one is very well balanced with a strong malt backbone, well done Madhouse!

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Photo of bsp77
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Somewhat dark amber with foamy cream colored head and light lacing tendrils.

Smell: Pungent orange, toasted and caramel malts, some spiciness. Aroma is both sweet & dry, and fairly typical for an IPA, but done well.

Taste: Taste is as expected as well, but also done well, with semi-sweet orange and toasted caramel malts upfront, followed by lingering spiciness and bitterness with highlights of grapefruit and pine.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, medium body that is somewhat smooth and creamy with a dry finish.

Overall: Great example of an IPA that nails the style, but does not do anything out of the ordinary to truly stand out. Basically, it is delicious but not unique.

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Photo of emerge077
3.8/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like this was first released in May 2011, so it's possibly 2 months old at this point. 22 oz. bomber from the cooler at John's Grocery.

Poured into a tulip glass, a thin layer of foam forms then quickly ebbs away to the edges. Color is a deeply saturated copper orange with bright clarity and rising carb trails visible. Some drippy lacing eventually forms and clings to the glass.

Sweet caramel and candied orange in the aroma, not overwhelming, fairly mild and pleasant.

Malty flavors of multigrain bread and caramel, spicy hops lend orange peel and a medium bitterness. Aftertaste has an earthy, resiny hop flavor. Very light caramel malt sweetness appears before the bitter hops do their thing, lasting well into the dry aftertaste. Medium bodied, somewhat mild carbonation. Overall pretty tasty, wish I could have tried a fresher bottle.

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Photo of daledeee
4.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A 22 oz bomber from an Iowa brewer.

This pours a very rusty clear body with a nice white head and lacing.

Nose is mostly hops.

Taste was one of the biggest surprises I have ever had in a beer. This stuff is GOOD! I had a couple other drinks from this brewery and it was OK but not exceptional. This is really good stuff. It is nicely hopped and on the sweet side but has malt as well. Hops are on the grapefruit and grassy side.

Mouth feel is wonderfully creamy and perfectly carbonated. This is as good as any West Coast IPA. It may not be quite as intense on the hop loading but it has the mouth feel and balance that I seek.

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Photo of Abouna
4.8/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Well I'm certainly no beer reviewer. I tend to shy aware from the "beery" expletives.

That said, I do have a fair palate for micro brews and am especially keen on IPAs. Unfortunately I had nearly burned myself out on IPAs lately...simply too much Ranger after getting a very good deal.

My brother picked up this Madhouse and I was back in the game! Wow:

- Hoppy, but not blatantly so. Seems like lots of IPA makers are jumping on the hop wagon without balancing.

- Just a hint of sweetness. Again, not blatant, but just right.

Unbelievably drinkable. The only other IPA I've had that I like as well is the Hebrew.

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