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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

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.24/5  rDev -3.9%

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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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 drabmuh
4.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At the time of this review, this is #15 on the "Top Beers - American Double / Imperial IPA" list on beeradvocate.com. Served in a snifter from a 64 ounce growler.

Beer is orange / amber and completely clear with moderate carbonation, steady and a white head of small bubbles with lacing and some nice retention. Looks good.

Aroma is strong and forceful with nice citrus and fruits and a lot of hop earthiness.

Beer is light in body and chewy with hop character and flavor on the palate, sulfur and earth with strong pops of fruit breaking through. I bet this beer is amazing on draft, the growler version is great but if the fruits would pop a bit more I'd really love it more. Definitely a repeat.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Huge thanks to boralyl for shooting this growler out my way. Served in a Mikasa tulip.

Pours a clear golden color with a nice white head. Pretty good retention for a growler with a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose carries some really nice tropical and citrus notes. Hops are very, very prominent with not much else coming through the background. Flavor is similarly hop-centric, though not quite as intense as the nose. Great hop additions here, carrying seamlessly through the dry, bitter finish. Really a nice brew; I look forward to trying more from them.

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Photo of suspect
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Central Waters snifter. Thanks to mrmarmot for bringing this back from Idaho.

A: Hazy burnt orange color. Aggressive pour leads to a 1 finger rocky white head. Head takes a few minutes to dissipate but leaves little bubbles along the top. Big sticky lacing leaves trails down all sides.

S: Big sticky hop notes and a big badass malt backbone that doesn't want to be ignored.

T: Wow, sweet with hops. Don't know how else to describe. It's a really perfectly balanced DIPA with the emphasis on the hops but the malts really blend enough sweet to balance the bitter.

M: Perfectly carbonated, wonderful bittersweet finish.

O: An extraordinary DIPA. Most excellent.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Served in a pint glass at Clyde Commons.

The nose is floral fruit, jasmine and raspberries.

It's very bitter. Aggressively hoppy. I love it. Some fruitiness, but only just and mostly on the end. Otherwise it's grapefruit peel and hop acids.

Quite drinkable; I have no complaints. Highly recommended.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.27/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared by Thorpe429. Thanks Mike.

The beer is mildly hazy and dark orange colored with a thick head. The aroma brings some dank hops, pine. Very nice. The flavor is also quite tasty. More of a pine and resinous flavor than a citrusy, tangy DIPA. A touch of earthiness. Alcohol presence is masked very well. Easy to drink. Medium bodied and creamy. I would definitely have this again. Recommended.

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Photo of brystmar
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
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 flagmantho
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap in a pint glass at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: great orange hue with plenty of haze and a finger of creamy ivory foam. Nice!

Smell: rich malt with very fresh, citrusy hops. Quite good indeed.

Taste: strong malt flavor with a rich and delicious citrus hop character throughout. Bitterness is quite balanced for a beer of this much hop character. Amazingly smooth for a beer of this strength.

Mouthfeel: medium-thick body with a moderate carbonation and a good creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: hugely drinkable for an IPA of this strength, both in hoppiness and ABV. Wonderful.

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Photo of PacNWDad
4.3/5  rDev -2.5%

Wonderful array of hops, with just enough malt to support it. Hops are mostly piney in character, some citrus too. Feels very solid on the palette, not too thick though. Well carbonated, with a bit of kick in the finish.

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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

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 Sarlacc83
4.32/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Apex

A: Cloudy blood orange. Restful off-white head. Washes the glass.

N: Deliciously full. Spruce needles, pineapple, and mango. Malts add an inviting base. Some onion adds zest.

T: Pure delight. Beep, lush hops lend grapefruit, pineapple, earth, and spruce. Has a pleasant balancing sweetness. Onion and marijuana.

M: Sticky and drying, yet never steps over the line where I tire of it.

O: I'm an unabashed Boneyard lover, and I'm not afraid to admit it. This beer is so expertly balanced, it's difficult to describe. Or maybe not worth describing because I'm so busy drinking it.

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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 sbauer
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Had at boneyard tasting room in a tasting glass. Fantastic and balanced, delicious malts backup the intensely floral hop aroma and perfect hop bitter. Growlers only!

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Photo of vkv822
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
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 portia99
4.34/5  rDev -1.6%
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 largadeer
4.35/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Bistro's DIPA fest. Was very pleasantly surprised by this beer. Hard to believe it's 10%, as it comes across as rather light-bodied, dry and balanced. It has a pale amber body, a few shades lighter than most PNW IPAs. Nice citrus nose with grapefruit leading the way, though it isn't as aromatic as several other beers I sampled that day. The palate is excellent, however, with big grapefruit and orange hop flavors balanced by an oily and biting but restrained bitterness, very Pliny the Elder-esque in that sense. Malt lends some body and slight sweetness, but it remains a lighter-bodied, hop-forward beer. Pretty impressive stuff, one of the best DIPAs I've had from Oregon.

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

A-medium amber color with a nice white head and good lacing

S-tropical fruit, citrus, malt, slight floral, pine, light herbal

T-grapefruit, tropical fruit, light orange, pine, caramel, bread dough, hint of floral, light herbal, slight dank notes, moderate bitter finish

F-medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp

O-great DIPA, easy drinking considering the abv, one of the better DIPAs out there

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Photo of HopHead84
4.36/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25


32oz growler into a snifter. Thanks, Dyan! Damn, I didn't realize this was 10%. No turning back now.

A: Hazy dark orange with a big white cap of foam. Good retention with lots of lacing.

S: Bright and vibrant, redolent with aromatics of tangerine, orange, nectarine, grapefruit, and cantaloupe. There's some tropical character in there that could be perceived as mango or passion fruit, accompanying a dash of onion. Very expressive with a light bready malt base and some pine.

T: Succulent orange flesh hop character with just a touch of alcohol burn on the back of my palate. Citrus is juicy and vibrant, imparting nectarine, mango, and peach. There's a lower moderate bitterness with a light sweetness that keeps the palate refreshed and eager for another swig. Malt presence waxes toward the finish, which is more balanced with a lot of hop flavor. Citrus lingers.

M: Medium body with upper medium carbonation. The beer is sticky and light on the palate, which isn't the case with recent batches of some local IPAs in this ABV range that I used to enjoy.

Overall: Really well done. From what I can tell Boneyard is the best hoppy stuff coming out of the Pacific Northwest.

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Photo of anteater
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

32oz growler

A: Good looking beer, clear and golden

S: Bitterness, some citrus and a bit of alcohol

T: Really nice citrus flavor from the hops, the malt really steps back and lets the hops shine. I'd say the hop flavor is very forward, more so than something like Pliny. There is a slight alcohol presence but overall this one is delicious and will go down super easy.

M: Crisp, awesome

O: A truly good IPA. I actually like both RPM and Notorious a little better than Hop Venom but if you ever have the chance to try it, I would not turn it down!

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
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 roger617
4.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Scored a growler of this through the Home Brew Talk Make A Wish. One of my top wants for quite some time, so I couldn't be happier to be the recipient of this one! Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a dark golden/copper with just under a finger of white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing.
S: Strong aroma of citrus hops, pine, and grapefruit. Not a hop bomb, but still super dank and incredibly well balanced.
T: This beer is so sweet, I have a very hard time believing the ABV. Awesome flavor of citrus blend, pine, a mild malt backbone, all so well balanced. As it warms up a bit the malt and pine start to come forward, but there is so much sweet flavor that it maintains a great balance.
M: Carb-wise, you never know what to expect out of a growler. I was so happy when I popped it open to an aggressive 'pssst'. Carbed very well, leaves a slightly dry after taste.
O: Seek it out. Don't trade whalez bro for it, but if you have the chance to try this, do not pass it up. The balance of citrus, hop, pine, and malt is perfect. The ABV is hidden so well you'd think you're drinking a session. I'm at this point always ISO hop venom.

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

On tap at Apex in Portland, Oregon.

Pours a medium golden-copper hued body, one finger white head with good retention, not much lacing. Smells primarily of grapefruit, tropical fruit and pine mixed in with a bit of caramel. Hop-forward, intense and nicely balanced. Flavour is similarly excellent; tropical fruits and pine flavours pop out, with a bit of a floral presence, balanced just enough by the caramel and bread. It's a fair bit different than Notorious. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, crisp, dry, slightly resinous, easy to drink. Overall, I loved this one and would highly recommend to anyone visiting the PNW.

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Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
4.41 out of 5 based on 893 ratings.
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