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Hop Venom Double IPA | Boneyard Beer Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company
Oregon, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.90%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
80 IBUs

Added by msubulldog25 on 09-02-2011

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116
Ratings:
877
Avg:
4.41
pDev:
22.45%
 
 
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Photo of brodericksloth
4.41/5  rDev 0%
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 -12.9%
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 -1.6%
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 -3.9%
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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Photo of Parmesan
4.44/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear copper gold color with a creamy white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Bands of lacing all around the glass

S: Lots of floral hops and Piney bitter hops mixed with juicy fruity hops. Very little malt backbone.

T: Juicy tropical hops, with a bunch of Piney bitter hops along with some floral, malt is very light, booze is not very noticeable.

F: Medium body with very creamy carbonation. Super easy drinking DIPA.

O: Another amazing hoppy beer from Boneyard, though I still like Notorious a little better.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

32oz crowler from the bruery, poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a clear amber color with a small foamy white head that reduces to a thin film floating on top, a bit of lacing left behind

S- aroma is gushing with citrus and tropical hop notes of orange zest, grapefruit peel, mango, guava, fresh cut grass, resin, along with floral and line compliments. Just a hint of underlying bready malt

T- flavor opens up with a burst of dank, resinous hops, that gives way to notes of orange, grapefruit, stone fruit, passionfruit, mango and fresh grass. The freshness of the hops continues into the mid-palate, with leafy green notes, before finishing with blasts of pine and some floral notes on the linger. Just a trace of sweet malt underlying

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that turns slightly creamy into the finish

O- one of the best IPA's I've had in a long time, so fresh and dank, outstanding

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Photo of danh53
3.69/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma came bursting out of the crowler before it was all the way opened. It pours a dark amber with nice fluffy white head. Strong aroma of caramel malt, grapefruit, orange, pine, cinnamon, and clove. It has some very interesting flavors on the taste. I get burnt brown sugar, caramel, resinous pine sap, and more cinnamon and clove. It also has an earthy taste which adds complexity and balances the malt sweetness. Despite the inviting flavor profile, this one falls off badly on the finish. It's flat and almost watery. The flavors never come together and don't deliver the punch you would expect from a top west coast IPA. Was it the long ride on the Fedex truck from Seattle to Orlando? Possibly, but I have to grade what's in front of me and this one did not live up to the hype.

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Photo of TrueOregonian
5/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Ive never been too much of an ipa guy until I had boneyards, that's because when you have an iPa the flavors are usually pretty extreme and it makes the drinkabulity difficult, that's just my opinion.

That being said, Boneyard has gotta be one of the best ipa brewers in the world. The drinkability of their Ipa's is insane it's from another planet, it can't be matched and it leaves them on another level.

Easiest drinking double ipa you will get and the flavors are amazing. I give this beer a 100 out of 100 and I dare you to try this and debate it.

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Photo of KMachHops
3.87/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I had this on draft.
Look: Amber with some nice lacings.
Smell: Subtle tropical nose.
Taste: Piney and a tad sweet.
Feel: Good carbonation with some resin.
Overall: Classic west coast DIPA but nothing very special.

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Photo of Rothobinide
4.81/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on-tap at the Toronado in Seattle. Dank, grassy, potpourri, resinous. Boneyard IPAs have always struck me as fervently-hopped, yet clean and bright, with every aspect of hop flavor and aroma perfectly preserved.

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Photo of wasatchback
4.04/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Not overly impressed. Good for sure but doesn't hold a candle to most IIPAs with similar ratings. Wanted to love this but after drinking similar brews from Surly, TG, Trillium, Lawsons, Melvin, etc this doesn't really hold up

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Photo of rrock44
4.77/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Finally, Boneyard makes it way north to the Richland Growler Guys. It definitely lives up to the hype. Everything you could want in a double IPA...big,in your face, juicy hops both in smell and taste, nice abv that is hidden. My wife even enjoyed it and she doesn't usually like ipas. Crossing my fingers that my local GG continues to get Boneyard shipments.

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Photo of snaotheus
4.31/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2015-12-19
Filled a growler at The Collective On Tap on Friday ($16). Put a tap it cap on it at home. Although I think the thing is leaking, I still have a nice respectable head on my glass. I've had this beer several times before, but this is the first chance I've had to fill a growler of it.

Pours clear golden with a slight coppery color. Big white head that collapses somewhat, leaving blankets along the sides of the glass. Smell is delicious hops. Resin, flowers, pine, a little hint of citrus.

Taste is a little sweeter than the aroma suggests -- more of the flower, less of the resin and pine, more of the citrus, and a little tropical kick.

Mouthfeel is smooth and nice. Overall, excellent beer -- always excited to see it on tap, hope someday they start bottling or canning!

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Photo of Moose90
4.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served On-Tap

A — Pours a bright lightly yellow amber hue into the glass, some hazy edges, but looks great overall. White colored head sits on the beer and leaves some solid lacing down the inside of the glass.

S — Smell is incredible, dominated by juicy and bitter hops, Simcoe, Centennial, hello old friends, bitter, piney, resinous, lightly juicy and sweet.

T — Taste is much like the nose, dominated by bitter and juicy hops, lemon, orange, mango, pine.

M — Medium bodied, balanced with a nice level of carbonation.

O — Great overall, another winner from Boneyard.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Boneyard and their usual orange and yellow hybrid of a beer. Looks nice. Aroma crushes it with pine. Lesser tropical hop aromas.

Taste, they do this so well, big, dry, but the alcohol left behind on the taste buds. All that usual citra and amarillo all over this one. Dry as the desert.

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Photo of Shaler_Tate
4.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Fantastic DIPA, and dangerously crushable despite the higher ABV. Lots of nice hops on the nose and very balanced flavor profile. It pours a nice clean amber with a big white head with slight lacing.

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Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden orange. White head.

Piney and hop resiny. Not tropical at all. Very bitter. Ends sticky.

Overall, a decent dipa, but I prefer the tropical ones.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.61/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

After having RPM a couple years ago, I've been craving more Boneyard beers. Growler picked up from the Beer Junction in West Seattle yesterday. Tasted 23 May 2015.

Pours a hazy medium orange amber. 1.5 fingers of whitish head, great retention, big and little bubbles persist until I finish the glass, with fingers and islands of lacing reaching up.

Smell is packed with fruity aromatic hops. Some soft sweet citrus, but it's mostly big tropical aromas, pineapple, guava. Outstanding.

The taste is the true beauty of this beer. It's full of those aromatic hops - I can't recall tasting a beer with this much tropical fruit in the flavor. This is something I don't understand, how the rare hoppy beer is packed with those aromatics, but most are dominated by acids. Anyway, I'm loving this. It's sort of ambiguous fruit, juicy, pulpy, and sweet, but it doesn't match up with anything I've had. Apricot x mango is the closest I can come up with. Bitter, and I can tell there's a lot, but it's balanced so thoroughly by malt sweetness that it feels gentle.

Feel is excellent. Medium-bodied, leaning to heavy. Carbonation is medium-low, just enough to stir things up without hiding them. Lasts just long enough for the bitter to rise out, then fade and dry up.

This is a beautiful beer. One of my top 3 DIPAs, with Abrasive and Heady. Though I think I'd pick those over Hop Venom, side-by-side I might prefer this, due to the incredible hop flavors and the smooth balance.

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Photo of Sintech
4.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32 oz Crowler can flown in from Bend, Oregon!

Appearance - Dark amber hue.

Smell - Tropical fruits, honey and citrus.

Taste - Honey, tropical fruits and citrus.

Feel - Perfect carbonation. Low attenuation. Pretty chewy.

Overall - Very good IPA.

Grade (B+)

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Photo of ccnorthwest
4.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

The nose is present with citrus. Quick dissipating head, yet lingers. Body is delicious with citrus and finish with a slight spike of hops. HOP VENOM!

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
4.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tasted on tap at the Bistro dipa fest. Mix of orange and yellow colored beer, lots of pine in the aroma jumbled up with tropical fruit. Good stuff.

The alcohol is amazingly hidden in this one. Super cracker dry light malt bill, heavy hop flavor with pretty low levels of bitterness to this one. Boneyard delivers once again. Mouthfeel just keeps hitting you with waves of mango, pine and grapefruit. Never heavy. Seems like a lot of citra, amarillo and simcoe in the beer. A little sugar to dry it out probably. A real delicious beer.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

keg tapped recently for 32oz fill @ valley growler
The beer pours a coppery amber color with a light, off-white head that settles quickly to a ring that tightly clings to the perimeter. The nose is candied pineapples when cold, but it quickly sinks its teeth in - a mix of booze and citrus. There's also malty sweetness that picks up in the nose as it warms. The taste is clean with a good amount of candy-like sweetness to balance out the generous hop profile. The fruit profile doesn't change much compared to the nose - tropical fruits mainly, but it's also thick with malt. This is easily medium bodied, but is well carbonated to break up the heaviness of the malt and palate-saturating hops. Although sweet (perhaps overly) and hoppy, there is a distinct booziness in the finish that's unmasked. This is a good DIPA, but I'm more content with RPM

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.62/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Toronado Seattle. Served in an odd 10-12 ounce sort of shaker glass.

Lacy, oatmeal-colored head. Settles into a film of lace over the body. Copper body with perfect clarity. 4.5

Smells of orange and grapefruit. Citrus-heavy but not particularly remarkable. 3.75

A somewhat must orange and grapefruit flavor prevails. Seems muted and contained. Could Toronado be serving an old keg? Tough to say but this isn't awe-inspiring. Caramel and malty sweetness complements the fruity citrus but it's still a bit muddied. 3.5

Definitely thick-bodied. Feels DIPA-ish. Malt is prominent in feel for sure. Tangy citrus feel up front and then becomes grainy. 3.5

Not sure what the deal is but this isn't that impressive. Will revisit.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

32 oz Crowler. Pours clear golden amber, thin white head. Sweet smell of bread and fruit. Taste is sweet and fruity up front which turns to citrus hoppiness and a biscuity dry finish. Balance is great. Mouthfeel is slippery. This is a top notch IPA.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Hops and Pie. Was it hoppy? Yes but it wasn't anything special to me and had a weird malt flavor. Just strange. I know I am in the minority here and that is ok.

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