Hop Venom Double IPA
Boneyard Beer Company

Hop Venom Double IPAHop Venom Double IPA
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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #21
ABV:
8.9%
Score:
98
Ranked #282
Avg:
4.44 | pDev: 8.11%
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
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Hop Venom Double IPAHop Venom Double IPA
Notes: 80 IBUs
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Photo of patre_tim
4.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Copper hazy with a moderate amount of carbonation and 3 fluffy off white fingers of head.

Smells of caramel and orange, malt and fresh pineapple, mangoes and fried onions.

Fruity and malty, a bouquet of tropical fruits. Pineapple mangos passion fruit and guava. All are distinct and separate but play well in harmony. Light bitterness on the end, largely a sweet brew.

Medium body with moderate carbonation, an alcoholic burn but overall very light for the abv.

I got this at Boneyard Pub in Bend, OR, and am drinking it in Madras, OR, Aug 16th, 2019.

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Photo of GuyFawkes
3.75/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Unknown vintage; drank 8/13/15 @ Tap House Grill (Seattle).

See-through dark orange appearance.

Small white head; strong lace.

Mango, orange citrus, honey & apricot notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Honey, mango & caramel flavors up front; dry booze notes on the finish.

Balanced & enjoyable but a bit too dry.

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Photo of Spikester
4.37/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy golden rose with two fingers of white ten minute head. Swirls of lace.
Smell is dank pine some floral aspects as well.
Taste is dank pine leather mint melon and peach. Plenty of malt backup.
Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. The finish is dry and bitter/sweet.
Overall a huge beer. Well done Boneyard!

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Photo of IPAnosmia
5/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A helpful bartender said "I got just the beer for you." When the glass arrived at the table its aroma caused my friend to ask what on earth I was drinking!
Hop Venom is a well formulated bitter burst, with a savory "malt backbone" that swept me off my feet.
This is the beer that made me a snob.

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Photo of iguanodon
4.52/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

[Original rating 2013-06-14] Draft at Henry’s 12th St Tavern Portland OR. Pours cloudy gold / orange with thin white head. Aroma is citrus, straw grass, sweet malt. Taste is bitter hops with a sweet malt finish. Very solid DIPA.

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Photo of dbl_delta
4.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Blackback Pub in Waterbury, VT after a bruising 9-hour drive from southern PA. (I just offer that for context: sometimes things taste better after a long day; also, provenance [Waterbury, IMHO, being being the galactic epicenter of craft brewing] might make a difference). A nice clear amber with a fine-bubbled persistent off-white head. Initial impression was OMG: smooth, creamy fruitiness, with lots amd lots of citrus, a healthy dose of pine, some earthiness to keep it real, and a dose of caramel and biscuit malts to balance everything out. Mouthfeel is fluffy and smoooooth; carbonation is perfect. Finish is dry and a little bitter, but sweet too.
If this sounds a bit over the top, it was intentional. This is beer number 926 for me and I ranked it second overall. Quite, quite impressive.

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Photo of hreb
4.06/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler fill from Last Drop. Served in my LHBCo tulip. Coppery in color, and translucent, without much head formation. Really nice tropical fruit aroma: pineapple, guava. Flavor has an initial bite, but is very flavorful still. Delicious simcoe dominates. I get sweet orange peel complemented by a biscuity malt presence which provides more balance than I expected from a proud, aggressively named, PNW IPA. My second ale from Boneyard does not disappoint, though living up to Armored Fist is hard to imagine.

Boneyard's website says 9% ABV and 60 IBU.

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Photo of joe1510
4.28/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32oz Crowler

A big thanks goes out to Phil for this one! Hey, buddy! Hop Venom is golden with a dusky orange hue. The clarity is excellent. You can see, and follow, each tiny carbonation bubble that quickly rises to the surface if you so choose. A pure white tight head easily grows to a finger in height on the pour, eventually falling to a cap while leaving spotty lace in it's wake. That lace will have to be scrubbed from the glass, it's sticky.

The nose is all hops all the time and there's some depth. Pine sap segues into crushed aspirin seamlessly. Weird? Nah, it works. Mild booziness pops up and is slightly peppery while drying out the nose and further enhancing the hoppiness. Peach ring candy and tropical notes pop up big on the back end. A soft caramel maltiness makes up the backbone and I appreciate that. There's needs to be a little something there because it's obvious this beer is going to be a bruiser.

That crushed aspirin kicks off the flavor profile and I dig it. While that leads the way peach rings aren't far behind. along with that clean, peppery booziness. White grape and honeydew come through quite a bit, interesting. The pine sap is more subdued than the nose led on but it adds some depth along the periphery. The malt backbone brings a drizzle of caramel but make no mistake, this is a hop bomb.

The body on this beer is magical for a 9%+. It's moderate in weight but with a rather quick carbonation that pushes it through at a nice pace. The bitterness is assertive and I thoroughly enjoy it. It invades every portion of your mouth; tongue, cheeks, gums, everything. The finish is immediately dry and that only further accentuates the bitterness. This drinks like a 7%er, it's dangerous.

Damn! This is good beer. It's potent in the hop department and not only that but interesting and complex. The buzzsaw of bitterness keeps me coming back. It's dangerous as hell when taking the abv into consideration because it goes down easily. Thanks again for the drink, Phil, it's delicious!

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Surprised this took me so long to get around to reviewing. Growler from MoC.

A clear copper with a dense, beige head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great. The nose is a rather spectacular blend of fruity and bitter hops, a blend of clementines, grapefruit, nectarine and pineapple. Pine bitterness is present as well. A mild caramel sweetness is perceived, and does work well with the juicy hop flavor. The palate opens with a moderate pine and grapefruit pith bitterness before a wave of fruity hops takes over. Juicy pineapple, clementines, some stone fruit and even melon are present. The mid-palate does have some malt sweetness, enough to be noticeable but not too much (at least, when fresh - I can't imagine a 2-3 month old keg would be as good). Mildly sweet and moderately bitter on the finish, this beer is medium in body, creamily carboanted and a joy on the palate. Recommended.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

On-draught @ Freshcraft in Denver.

Creamy as hell, though that kind of mutes the hops, reducing the pungency of the hop flavours. Floral and fruity, though not citrusy or tropical.

ABV is well disguised.

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of elNopalero
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This pours a slightly caramel amber color. Big and malty bitterness with a slightly sweet finish. Some heat. Lots of candied citrus notes. This was a good one.

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Photo of darktronica
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Here's the west coast IPA I've been looking for. Resinous and piney bitterness, but with some honey sweetness rounding out a smooth finish. Drinks very easy for 9%.

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Photo of mintzmeet
3.47/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Big body, but surprisingly smooth. Expected bitterness but it's totally subdued.
Aroma: not a strong smell. Hops.
Taste: coppery
Visual: normal? Nice lacing...
Feel: spicy

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Photo of woemad
3.9/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz snifter consumed at Manito Tap House in Spokane, WA, for $5.50.

Slightly coppery amber, with a decent, off-white head and really great clarity. Streaky, spotty lace.

The nose is redolent with geapefruiy and pine sappy hops. Minimal, sweet malt aroma.

The malts are bigger in the taste than in the nose. The taste is still dominated by the hops, but there's a big, meaty-textured malt backbone as well. The fruity and piney hops don't completely meld together, either.

Big body tothis, bigger than most IPAs, regular or double. Big, coating, sappy mouthfeel.

A lot of hops in this beer, but they don't all play nice. This is a BIG beer, almost more like a barleywine. I'm not sure it's my cup of tea.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.38/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Luckily stumbled upon this "want" in Burlington, VT. This is a beastly beer. Really pronounced hoppiness, especially on the tongue. West Coast hop concussion followed by an odd-yet-pleasant berry flavor. Enjoyed it a bunch.

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Photo of Taybeh
4.43/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like RPM, this is top notch, with both some paradigmatic west-coast features and some dimensions that make it distinctive and unique. And it is just delicious. Anyway...from a growler into a shaker. Pours a hazy slightly dirty golden-amber. Off-white head with spotty retention and lacing. Nose is of orange rind, fleshy grapefruit, earthy piney resin, and some caramel and bready maltiness. And something else that's kind of sweet and kind of earthy (kind of like tobacco but different) and makes venom the perfect adjective. Taste follows...this is really quality. Like RPM, it isn't overly bitter...but it is really flavorful and hoppy, and there's a substantial malt presence too.

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Photo of Zythophile
4.46/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Crowler Date: 3/8/17
Palate Contaminants: none

The color is a nice, clear gold with lots of fine white head. Very nice lacing, too.

The smell is not particularly complex, but I'd guess that's because the peach juice is so strong. There's a little pineapple and pine nut, but the peach juice...

The peach juice is there up front in the taste, unsurprisingly (and thankfully). White grapes are in there, as well. There's a little earthiness – I'll say moss – accompanied by bitterness in the second half of the game. It's very nicely balanced: Nothing overwhelms, and what's there stands up for itself.

The carbonation is very well integrated, and the aftertaste is as well balanced as everything else.

Impressive.

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Photo of Hyptochrons
4.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

nice looking brew. golden orange with a white head, nice lacing. on nose and palate are notes of sweet malt, intensely malty. some citrus and dankness coming through as well as piney and floral and some spice. overall a bit too malt forward for me but I can understand the appeal - its definitely well done!

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This felt very much like an old school IPA. It's very far from where IPAs are currently trending, with all the juice and the haze etc. But it was still delicious, and I could appreciate that, like DFH 90 min, it was probably much higher rated back in the day.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Mikkeller & Friends in Copenhagen. This was on my list of DIPAs to try for a while and was not expecting to see it on tap in Copenhagen. This isn't really my style for a DIPA - it is malty, but not very bitter; still, it is a very well made beer.

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Photo of stevoj
3.95/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Crowler from share on 11/12. Pours out a nice, rich golden color, with small, soft, fluffy head. Hops dominate the aroma, some nice citrus, fruity sweetness. Taste continues with more of the hop forward flavors, some juicy tropical fruits. Lingering bitter bite.

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Photo of brodericksloth
4.41/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

smooth; no alcohol bite or burn. Had it on tap in riedel ipa glass. nice white head; good nose; ample body and not over the top on hops. very well balanced and some tropical notes with not the piney hoppy usual dipa. very good for its class

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Photo of Damian
3.84/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank on tap at Toronado, Seattle, WA
Served in a pint glass

The deep, crimson-amber body was topped by a near finger-tall crop of tight, eggshell colored foam. Outstanding lacing. A thin blanket coated the glass and lasted until the beer was finished.

The nose was pleasant but definitely more subtle than I anticipated. Citrusy hop notes were matched by a sweet, robust maltiness. Mix of caramel and doughy malts. Somewhat bready. There was a subtle spicy quality as well.

The flavor profile was solid but definitely much sweeter than I anticipated. Caramel malts came through big time on the front end. Somewhat doughy and bready. The hops really kicked in mid-palate. Citrusy hops. Loads of candied orange peel. Slightly spicy. Some rind-like notes appeared on the back end. The beer finished moderately bitter with notes of pine sap and rind-like pithiness. A mix of sweet malts and bitter hops lingered after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was solid. Medium bodied for the style. Creamy and supple. The liquid contained a fine, subtle effervescence that turned slick and smooth on the palate.

Hope Venon IPA is a tasty beer, but it reminded me more of an imperial red ale than a typical double IPA. This was super sweet on the front end and on the finish, almost to the point of being cloying.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.34/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark coppery amber with a half finger white head the good retention and lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, citrus, piney hops with some good dankness, tropical fruit and orange citrus, nice. Flavor follows with light caramel malt, dank, piney and lightly citrus hops, orange family citrus, light guava and papaya. Finishes with resinous, herbal piney and dank hops with pleasant hops and mild caramel lingering. Medium bodied with light creaminess and good mouth feel. A classic West Coast style IPA with great fresh tasting hops that would not be out of place in a fresh hopped ale. The aroma has distinct caramel, but the in the taste the malt seems quite neutral, allowing the hops to take the whole stage, although a light toffee flavor shows up in the finish. A very well made imperial IPA with a great hop bill. Deserves its reputation.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.24/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

now i know why everyone freaks out about this one, its a beautiful northwest style double ipa, and its really super well done. i think its not all that interesting in its hop profile, its not trying to do too much, which is its most appealing quality in a world of experimental hop this, and numbered varietal that. its a classic, no matter how long it has been around, it has a permanent sort of flavor to it, like the gold standard of the style in some ways, but its also more of a "wow" for me in terms of overall quality than in terms of the flavor itself in that its not all that different than what a lot of others try to be, its just a lot better. i love the juicy and piney nature of the hops, and all the oil swirling around in here, this seems like fresh picked, incredibly rich in some ways, but not sweet in the end. not an irrelevant grain thing either, its both flavorful and flush in body, and its just enough to support the hops without getting in the way. surprised to see this served in a pint glass at choice city in fort collins, they must sell their kegs at a reasonable price. never seen this on tap here before, so maybe they have decided to launch in colorado? in any event, this beer is a treat, and if you never had it you will see what i mean when i say its often copied but almost never equaled. the alcohol is so well hidden, you could easily get into some trouble with this one!!!

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Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
Beer rating: 98 out of 100 with 1005 ratings