Hop Venom Double IPA | Boneyard Beer Company

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Hop Venom Double IPAHop Venom Double IPA

Brewed by:
Boneyard Beer Company
Oregon, United States

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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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

Photo of camarocrazy67
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%

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3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rosanne
3.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Mid to high hoppy sweet aroma, low carbonation, sweet more than bitter, yum, sweet linger.

Shared a taster on-tap as past of a flight at the brewery; Boneyard Beer Company, Bend, USA. As part of a six-week West Coast beer tour. I rate to taste, not to style. See my blog for more details: carbeers.wordpress.com

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Photo of MrDave
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of maximum12
3.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to flexabull for sending this growler my way; my first taste of Hop Venom seemed off, so here's hoping for a truer reading. 64 oz. of liquid gold consumed during a Friday night poker game. I ended up $2.05, so I probably didn't drink enough.

The pour comes on fire retardant orange, semi-see-through, plenty of carbonation (yippee for properly filled growlers!). Aroma isn't as strong as I expected: citrus, touch of grassy wheat, pale malts.

Hop Venom is more Balanced Middle America than Rapacious West Coast. Even before the taste hits my chemoreceptors, I'm lifting the glass for another taste, because damn, either I'm thirsty or this is really good. Drinkability is is Casey Kasem territory, especially for a big IIPA. Taste is solid but not as impressive: tons of caramel malts (too much), light hit of dankness, along with softer notes of citrus & tentative bitterness. The malts make this towards the top of the thick IIPA list: more than some stouts I've had.

I'd take RPM any day, but this comes out the other side a very good beer.

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3.79/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Arbitrator
3.8/5  rDev -13.4%
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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3.81/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Damian
3.84/5  rDev -12.5%
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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3.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of KMachHops
3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
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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3.87/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of philbertk
3.89/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint and growler purchased @ Chuck's 85th, Ballard, Seattle. Pint--$4.00. Growler--$15.00. Half Growler--$7.50. Thin mild lace wispy white head. Cloudy bright orange gold color. Aromatic floral West Coast big but not overpowering hop front. Surprisingly mellow medium textured balanced mild sweet light caramel herbal body. Balanced hop spice tasty clean bitter hint satisfying rich IPA end. Very smooth and mellow for it's 10% ABV and 80 Ibu's. Big and Tasty! (4.25 / 5.0)

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3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woemad
3.9/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
4.39 out of 5 based on 939 ratings.
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