Hop Venom Double IPA | Boneyard Beer Company

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Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company
Oregon, United States
boneyardbeer.com

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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4.4
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Photo of Arbitrator
3.8/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled growler into a glass, courtesy of my beer patron, ramnuts. Thank you, Frank! From notes. Consumed in late May.

A: Pours a clear copper / amber body with a generous off-white head. Good retention.

S: Notes of pine, grapefruit, tangerine, orange, honeydew, sugary pale malt. This seems sweeter and maltier on the nose than I was expecting from a DIPA...

T: Earthy bitterness that leads into a strong, almost dominant malt backbone. Pine, tangerine, grapefruit, and melon express substantial, but not overpowering, hop character. Again, as noted in the nose, this is on the maltier side and it lacks the punch I'd expect from a West Coast DIPA.

M: Medium-bodied. Moderate bitterness, no lingering stickiness. Well-disguised ABV.

O: I liked Notorious quite a bit more; this was on the malty side. Frank later commented that they were tweaking batches and this one tasted off, so maybe that's what was going on. I'd love to try it again and see what it should be like.

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Photo of portia99
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

64oz growler poured into a Throwback snifter.

A - Pours a medium amber in color with a finger thick pillow of dense white foam that shows good staying power. Head slowly falls to a thick collar, leaving only sparse lacing on the glass. Small floating particles slightly mar an otherwise very good looking beer.

S - Aroma is thick with pine - super resiny. Pineapple and grapefruit heavy citrus are layered in the aroma as well. Firm malt body to balance, sugary, caramelly. Gives a bit of a sweet overall impression with tons of fruity and piney additions.

T - Much like the aroma...only more so. Resiny pine, grapefruit, tropical fruits, medium bitterness - this is more about the hop flavors than being a super bitter DIPA. Sugary and lightly caramelly malt balances things and seems to enhance the fruity, citrusy aspects of the hops smoothing the edges and really bringing them to the forefront. Really intense hop flavors here, no trace of alcohol - excellent DIPA.

M - This might be the thickest non-stout I've ever had. Has more than a passing resemblance to maple syrup in the glass and on the tongue. Carbonation is at a lower level managing just a mild tingle on the tongue. Liquid is sticky/resiny and very thick and syrupy.

O - I really enjoyed this DIPA. Strong malt backbone that I thought would take over the hops as the beer warmed a bit in the glass, but never did. Hops were firm in bitterness but not overpowering. Loaded with complex hop flavors that really expressed themselves well thru the malt base. Slight sugary aspects seemed to bring out the citrusy flavors a bit towards the front. The caramel aspect of the malt faded to the background and allowed the hops to shine - typically I find heavy malt IPA/DIPA have the caramel aspects dominate and I was afraid this one would follow that pattern too, but happily did not.

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Photo of BarrytheBear
4.05/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

32 oz growler courtesy of Eric. Thank you very much for the opportunity and for hitting this want.

On the darker side of orange and mostly opaque. Steady skim remains throughout the glass and he lacing is sticky and lays a few stringy sheets.

Smell is sugary fruits, pineapple juice, and sweet malts.

Tends towards balance: lots of sugary sweet, though some nondescript, fruitiness. As odd as it might sound, it's rather tangy. Not overly bitter, but the juicy fruits render a tight pucker of my o-hole. There's a sweet-n-sour sauce quality here that's a bit perplexing. Malts provide a solid foundation and an additional overall sweetness.

Carbonation is soft and on the low end, but the body is smooth and mellow on the tongue.

Overall, I enjoyed this. However, there seems to be something missing. Seems like a puzzle that is short a piece. Good, but not as great as many reviews make it to be.

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Photo of zeledonia
4.61/5  rDev +4.8%
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 South2NW
4.64/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

On Tap from Baileys Taproom

A: poured a deep amber color, with frothy white head.

S: explosion of fruits! Peach, mango, orange. A little bit of pine and floral, as well.

T: Another explosion of fruits. Citrus hits you immediately, and is backed up by a good amount of malt, and some pine comes out as it warms.

M: medium body, prickly carbonation.

O: absolutely delicious DIPA from Boneyard. Now, I need some Notorious.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16oz, capped growler
Lost Abbey TEKU

A: Pours deep orange color. Slightly hazy. A little off white in head. Loose bubbled. Leaving some bits of lacing.

S: More herbal hops here. Green onion. Garlic. Sweet malts. But I do get some grapefruit coming in as well.

T: Wow. This is delicious. Again, more herbal and earthy hop. Not the overwhelming citrus blast. Some pine. Sweetness from malts. Finish is dry.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
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 draheim
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Chuck's Hop Shop, Seattle. Pours a slightly hazy coppery gold.

Aroma is a bright burst of hoppy tropical goodness.

Taste is sharply citrusy w/ a bright sweet pale malt backbone. Some pine too. A searing bitterness on the finish. Grapefruit grapefruit grapefruit. Alcohol completely hidden.

Mouthfeel is clean and sharp with a bitter finish.

Overall a world-class DIPA, about as good as any other I've tried.

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Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.72/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

i tried this on tap at the Three Floyds brewpub a few weeks ago. This is from notes.

Near clear gold with a gigantic, pillowy head that completely coats the glass in swaths of ivory lace. Orange and peach on the nose in abundance, you can smell it from well away. Lots of balancing, clean, doughy malt in there as well. The taste is massive, massive hops with orange, peach, pineapple, aspirin hop notes overwhelming the palate. Some soothing booze mixes with the solid malt balast in the background. The mouthfeel is full and completely coating with lupulin oil. Strong bitterness lasts forever in the hop smack of a finish.

This is a delicious DIPA. Huge and complex with an incredible array of hop flavors. I hope to get a chance to try this again. Fantastic.
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Photo of grittybrews
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a luminescent orange-gold with a trace of off-white head. Absolutely huge aroma of grapefruit, pine, honey, and caramel.

Moderate carbonation and a full, resinous mouthfeel -- malty without being too sticky. Fresh pine, grapefruit, and floral notes up front followed by hints of orange and a sweet caramel biscuit backbone. Nice kick of pine on the finish -- bitter without being too astringent.

Really well-balanced with killer aroma and flavor and barely a hint of booze -- top notch.

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.96/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Thanks to WhiteJordan for the growler hook-up

Poured into my Upland tulip, glows orange with a nice creamy off-white head. Sticky lacing coats the glass the whole way down.

Wow the nose on this! The instant I popped the growler the aromas rushed up to my two-feet away nose. One of the stronger punches I've ever received. Lush tropical fruits, citrus and good dank pine. All hops!

Similar flavors only even more complex. A hefty dose of tropical fruit up front. Tastes like there is a lot of Citra in this one. A little bit of stickiness in the middle of the palate. This one has malts, but even at its maltiness points, hops still dominate. Finishes very dank and piney.

Mouthfeel is medium, somewhat sticky and hides the alcohol incredibly well. Usually anything above 9% in pales is a danger zone where the booze dominates. This drinks like a 6-7%. My friend I shared with was amazed when I told him it was 10%.

One of the best DIPA's I've ever had. It's got it all. Wonderful nose, complex flavor and a great mouthfeel while being incredibly smooth. Definitely a permanent ISO. Thanks Jordan!

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Photo of brystmar
4.3/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Apex.

Cloudy orange pour with frothy white head. Great retention, spiderwebs of lace adorn my glass. Juicy fruits jump from the glass into my nose, reminiscent of a Hill Farmstead DIPA. Hops are so juicy and fresh.

Taste mostly follows suit, though it's more hop-forward compared to the fruity magic from the nose. Piney and bitter at the end as this 9% beast's alcoholic warmth roars to life, massaging my throat as it descends. Deserves a 4.25, rounding up here and docking "overall".

Nearly full-bodied, yet actively carbonated. Creamy. It's clear that tons of work went into this final recipe. Recommended if you can find it!

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Photo of vkv822
4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap at Belmont Station.

Very lightly hazy, bright orange with a foamy, off white head and nice lacing.

Wonderful bouquet of hops in the nose. Tropical and citric fruits.

The taste delivers just a strongly as the nose. Starts out with tropical fruits and transitions nicely into a light, resiny pine finish.

A pleasant medium to full body with average carbonation.

A very nice DIPA. Lots of fruity, citric hops with just enough pine character to keep it from becoming one dimensional.

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Photo of starrdogg
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to oregonskibum for sending this one as what was essentially an extra in our larger trade.

Beer pours a hazy orangey-gold with a nice white head and some decent lacing. It's a little darker than I expected. The aroma here is super impressive - a big tropical/citrus fruity hop aroma with a nice amount of malty sweetness backing it up. Flavor follows the nose and wow is this an impressive-tasting beer! It's got a great citrusy hop thing going on here with a nice bitter (but not too bitter) finish. The malt plays a more significant role than I usually like in my DIPAs, but it works here, bringing a nice sweetness to the table that provides and excellent base for the citrusy/bitter hops. It's a little on the boozier side for a DIPA (hey, it's 10%!), but it still drinks pretty easily. Mouthfeel is nice as well, medium-bodied and a little bit sticky. I tend to think of myself as a bit of a DIPA snob, and I doubt the quality of each new one that arises that I've never heard of, but this one absolutely lives up to the billing. I can't wait until these guys start canning and I can get this more regularly from my west-coast buddies.

One thing of note: this beer is awesome when it's nice and cold, but as it started to warm, it got boozier and more syrupy. It still was far from bad, but I would recommend not letting this one warm up too much.

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Photo of kevanb
4.52/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on tap at Three Floyds in Munster, a surprise to see, but a welcome one.

The beer pours a hazy amber color, hues of copper and orange with a finger or so of white head that has moderate retention and leaves some sticky lace behind. The aroma is lovely, lots of citrusy hops, bitter pine, wildflower, hop spice and some really soft malt. Balance is spot on, integration is great, while not the most complex aroma I've encountered on an IPA, it's just really solidly done. The flavors are no let down at all, loads of tangy grapefruit hops, crisp spice, earthy grass, floral character with some bitter, resinous pine on the back end that's really soft and supporting, rather than abrasive and clashing. Sweet malt and a touch of alcohol is also present at the finish but doesn't detract from this at all, only helps to balance and mellow the hops. The body was nice, crisp, juicy that coats the mouth nicely, the finish was a little pricklier than I like and while it was dry, it wasn't bone dry.

Verdict: A damn solid DIPA from Boneyard. I've been looking forward to trying this for some time, and I never expected it to be sitting on tap in the midwest. I had to order a second glass to see if it was really was the real deal, and it delivered. Cheers to Boneyard for this, a joy to drink.

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Photo of SinjaminBentek
4.6/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Zaximus
4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Maybe the most well balanced IIPAs I've had.

L - Deep copper. Almost Amber.

S- Big time floral. Grass. Smells amazing.

T- follows the nose. Grassy. Piney. Big malt backbone. Not sweet at all which admittedly is a quality I really enjoy in an IPA. Bitter finish but not a hip bomb. As I said before, extremely well balanced.

F- Full bodied for the style. Possible its best feature.

O- Very good. Not my personal favorite as I like a little more sweetness and fruit in my IPAs but still extremely well balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a hazy orange color with white soapy head that left splashy lace.

S- Some big tropical fruit notes especially mango, some peach, some citrus, and quite a bit of malt sweetness.

T- Lots of sweet and juicy orange marmalade notes, mango, peach, and grapefruit notes. Lots of sweetness from the malt and medium level of bitterness.

M- Lots of warming, full bodied, prickly carbonation, slightly sticky, but easy drinking for the ABV and fuller body.

O- This DIPA is bursting with hop flavor and a lot of sweetness. Overall, it is really good but I prefer some of Boneyard's other hoppy offerings to it like RPM.

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

Pretty straightforward here. Mostly getting grapefruit and pine. Hints of some tropical fruits on the aroma, but the flavor is certainly dominated by grapefruit flesh/rind.

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Photo of brewskis
4.66/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Nice surprise on tap at Three Floyds. Pours a burnt orange, almost amber, color with a finger and a half length off white head. Smells of resinous grapefruit and pine, as well as sweet carmel malt, some tangerine notes, maybe some tropical fruit notes. Taste starts with resinous hop characteristics. Get grapefruit rind, some orange peel, classic west coast pine, as well as some grassy and floral notes. The middle brings even more resinous qualities, but also starts to introduce the sweet carmel and bready notes to balance it. The finish is quite nice. The hop qualities are still there, but not as bitter, just resinous (if that makes sense). Just get great hoppy fruit flavors with a sweet carmel backbone. Grapefruit, mango, pine, tangerines, sweet bubblegum. Pretty full body with a creamy and oily mouthfeel. No alcohol to speak of. Definitely bitter like a west coast ipa should be, yet never gets abrasive and out of control like a lot of them do. Very hoppy, yet extremely balanced. Really, really good.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Stigs
4.12/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32oz growler (flip top) fill, served in pint glass

A - pours with a very thin layer of loose cream colored foam. the beer is a bit hazy (chill? hops?) dark gold/orange in color.

S - very bright grapefruit, pineapple. nicely balanced grainy sweetness with a hint of caramel.

T - once the first initial rush of hop bitterness dies down, citrus (pineapple, mango) lead way to some more floral hop notes. balanced a bit by sweetness through the back, but this is a big bitter beast.

M - carbonation is light (growler fill?), nicely full bodied, sticky yet wet and clingy. hardly any alcohol burn.

O - solid DIPA, seems a bit dangerous at 10% and no heat.

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Photo of Murrhey
4.17/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 64-oz growler into a shaker pint in high elevation Libby, Mont. Purchased the fill for 12.95 at Mainbrew in Hillsboro, Ore. Hope it held up well, but who knows?

A- One finger white creamy head with surprisingly long retention for the high ABV. Hazy brown-amber color. Light seeps through, but it is very hazy. Sticky lacing. Clearly not a carbonation problem.

S- Grapefruit, citrus, piney-hops. Thick hop oil. Warm and hides alcohol notes well.

T- For how hop-forward the aroma was, the flavor is amazingly smooth and malty. Alcohol hidden entirely. This would be a dangerous beer. Malty, honey, caramel, maybe a touch of brandy, but not much. Incredible. One of the best DIPAs I have ever tasted.

M- Thick and smooth. Honeyed feel.

O- A very, very good beer.

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Photo of Lochnessmonster
4.27/5  rDev -3%
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 Rothobinide
4.81/5  rDev +9.3%
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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Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
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