Hop Venom Double IPA
Boneyard Beer Company

Hop Venom Double IPAHop Venom Double IPA
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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #21
Ranked #283
4.44 | pDev: 8.11%
Boneyard Beer Company
Oregon, United States
Hop Venom Double IPAHop Venom Double IPA
Notes: 80 IBUs
Reviews: 139 | Ratings: 1,006 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Reviews by PG2G:
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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Photo of mdfb79
4.17/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From 02/11/14 notes. Big thanks to BeerLawyer85 for sharing a growler of this; thanks Ross, big Want of mine. Poured into my Bell's tulip.

a - Pours a murky, amber-brown color with one inch of off white head and low carbonation evident.

s - Smells of citrus hops, fruity malts, pine hops, lemon zest, light floral notes, and some light earthy notes. Nice nose, lots of citrus and fruit. Liking the nose a lot.

t - Tastes of citrus hops, fruity malts, light pine hops, earthy notes, bread, grains, spice, and yeast. Taste is good but seems less hoppy than the nose; a step down for me.

m - Medium body and very little carbonation. No bitterness but growler seems to have lost some carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall a DIPA that is quite good, though the taste wasn't as hoppy as I was hoping for. Easy to drink, but I'd like to try it again, preferably on tap. Worth seeking out.

EDIT: 04/16/14: Had another growler of this and it was much better. Awesome piney and citrusy nose which was great. Bumping nose up to a 4.5

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4.24/5  rDev -4.5%

Thanks to DCLAguy11 for sharing this one at Wowcoolman's tasting.

Pours a hazy golden-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus fruit, and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with citrus zest and grapefruit juice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a very good beer with really nice citrus forward hop qualities all around.

Serving type: growler.

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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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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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4.56/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Geez, this is a great beer. Awesome look. Sticky white head. Rich, amber body. Juicy, rich, piney, hoppy aroma. The feel is venomous. Something gives this a small bite. Amongst DIPAs, this is the best I have had this year. The best balanced DIPA I have had. Definitely World Class stuff.

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4.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Growler shared by Todd. Served in a DryHop taster glass.

A - White foam settles to a cap, leaving behind ample splotchy lacing. Transparent amber body. Looks like a DIPA should.

S - I was expecting a hyper-attenuated West Coast DIPA, but this is far more 'Mid-Westian' to my palate. Dank, piney, and slightly earthy hops, with notes of grapefruit and a bit of tropical fruit are balanced by caramel and icing sugar maltiness. Alcohol is well-hidden.

T - The taste a similarly enjoyable mix of grapefruit and orange peel hops, sweet tropical fruits, and sugary malts that verge to the browner end of the scale. There's an odd astringency in the finish that I don't totally enjoy mixed in with the moderate bitterness.

M - Pleasant, moderate carbonation. Chewy, medium-full body, with good heft for the listed 8.9%. Slightly dry in the finish, with some light alcohol warming that lingers.

D - A nice beer, but I can think of quite a few DIPAs I'd rather drink. Perhaps there's some batch variation to this. Eminently drinkable, other than the slightly off finish. However, I found myself reaching for the Notorious Triple throughout the evening, and it's a rarity for me to prefer a Triple IPA to a Double IPA.

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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5/5  rDev +12.6%

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4.32/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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3.25/5  rDev -26.8%

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4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.8/5  rDev +8.1%

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4.09/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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

A:golden honey
S:very citrus and hoppy
T:sweet citrus yummy hoppness
M:just enough carbonation, light and refreshing for ABV and IBU
O: I reference all beers based on this. This is the most balanced beer I have ever had.

Source: Many Growlers upon Growlers.

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4.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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3.94/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -21.2%

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4.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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4.66/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Surprisingly smooth for a double IPA. Hoppy but not dank or overpowering

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4.25/5  rDev -4.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +7%

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4.07/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
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