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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
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap once again at one of the Bistro fests, my review #2400. As usual, Boneyard offers up a very light, yellow and orange colored ipa. Aroma is a blast of pine. Pine venom. Mixed in with that is a decent amount of tropical fruit as well. Very nice.

Taste, jeez, hides the alcohol so well, such a light malt bill, such a powerful hop flavor without abrasive bitterness. This is how its done, boneyard makes so many great versions of ipas and whatnot. Mouthfeel just keeps droppin' mad amounts of hop bomb grapefruit, pine and mango all up in yo senses. The malt bill does start to get heavier as you drink this, the hops ebb and flow and fade away slightly.

Usual stuff, tons of amarillo, simcoe and citra I would surmise. This is the new evolution of big hopped beers. Lots of proprietary hops, sugar, and little malt. Delicious.

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Photo of maximum12
3.78/5  rDev -14.1%
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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Photo of fthegiants
4.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I can't tell you all the fancy terms, i guess im not that smart. But if you have any intelligence, do yourself a favor drink this beer!! To me this is right up there with any IPA i have had, Pliny, Heady, Sculpin, ETC... this is just as good if not better. Yum (please forgive me for punctuation or spelling i have been drinking)

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Photo of Rutager
4.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a hazy honey-amber with a sticky looking white head.

Smell. Sticky resinous hops, plenty of citrus rinds, a little sweet malt and cedar.

Taste. Huge bitter citrus rinds, some cedar and sweet caramel malts.

Mouthfeel. Medium+ body, medium carbonation.

Overall. A fantastic hop bomb, my kind of iPA!!!

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -28.2%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
4.27/5  rDev -3%
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 dirtylou
4.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

on-tap, urban family public house

from notes

appearance: served in a urban family goblet - bright golden-orange body, moderate beige film

smell: aromatic and bright - pine, sweet grapefruit, tropical fruit, sugars

taste: bold citrus flavors - sugared ruby red grapefruit, lemon zest, pine resin, tangerine, tropical fruit. I'm really digging the boneyard stuff thats been showing up in Seattle.

mouthfeel: slick oily body, medium, abv well hidden

overall: great IPA from Bend

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Photo of BMMillsy
4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at Taphouse in Seattle. Copper pour with little head in a pint glass. Big floral aroma with definite light sweet citrus. The hops really shine through here and I get no booze on the aroma despite the relatively high ABV. Flavor follows aroma exactly, with beautiful dry hops along with juicy citrus and a slight malt backbone. Slick but pretty easy drinking with medium carbonation. Solid brew! As with RPM, I want more of this. Boneyard is doing some great stuff.

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Photo of scottfrie
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Thanks for the growler, Jeff! Poured into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a deep amber with a fluffy, greasy and thick off-white head that left a network of sticky lace down the glass. Head slowly faded into a thin wispy film.
S: Massive and extremely fresh notes of juicy citrus all the way. This beer smells freaking amazing. Tropical hints of mango and pineapple mix well with grapefruit pith, tangerine nectar and a fresh bouquet of flowers.
T: A little more malt than the nose suggested but still extremely hoppy. Citrus and tropical fruits dominate with flavors of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, and flowers. The aftertaste is lightly sweet with nectar and fruity.
M: Medium-full body, very drinkable and smooth mouthfeel, not greasy, not viscous, no alcohol, not cloying, with smooth soft carbonation. Drinks amazingly.
O: One of the best dipas I’ve had the pleasure to drink. It’s incredibly flavorful, smells like nothing else, and has a delicate yet potent flavor. Seek this brew out, fourwheelz.

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Photo of anteater
4.37/5  rDev -0.7%
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 MDDMD
4.35/5  rDev -1.1%
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 blackie
4.71/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Brouwer's

a: draft served in a shaker pint at the beginning of a long trek home, the beer is an orange-amber in color, layered with a finger of beige carbonation that retains well, lace clinging behind

s: the nose brings an instant punch of pungent, resinous citrus oils and juicy tropical fruits with tones of pine needles, grapefruit, mango, passionfruit; fantastically rich hop aromas just pouring out from the firm pale and caramel malt backing, sweet alcohol

m: a malty, medium body, carbonation moderate and smootho

t: complex hops dominate the hefty caramel and pale malt structure - grapefruit, pineapple, tangerine, and mango all push through, juicy and resionous, some sweetness in the middle with growing moderate bitterness, tropical candy, vivid and striking - pure hop, delicious

o: an incredible dipa to stumble into on a cool spring night, loved this

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Photo of FosterJM
4.42/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

1771st Review on BA
Draft to 16oz Pint
On tap @ Uber in Seattle, WA

App- This was served to me in a straight up pint glass. A big tall 16ozer. Huge dark oranges with some golds and yellows mixed in. The head was a good 1-1/2 fingers and left an amazing cling down the side of the glass. Just a window curtain.

Smell- This was a good mix in the glass when it warmed of fresh fruits, oily hops and dark pine. A bit strong on the pine IMO. A good mix of dank and fresh and on a cold night in Seattle this was warming on the nose.

Taste- This was a good beer. I mean when you can have this much hop flavor with a light malt bill and find that balance you are doing something right. Forget Pliny. This is up there with Heady. I was very glad I found this and had a 2nd glass. The hops are fruitful and thick but not overpowering to the rest of the flavors.

Mouth- A big thick full mouth feel. Felt like a cream sickle type of residual flavor. Creamy, lush and piney.

Drink- Such a good beer. Needs to be higher on this list than it is.

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.55/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

BIG thanks to JM03 for this!

Pours a light caramel color, clean, with a big white head. Aroma was piny, and resinous with some citrus and tropical fruits. Taste is big pine, resin, some grapefruit and caramel malts. It's got a bit of a full body to it, creamy, almost rich. Even though it was a growler, carbonation was nearly perfect.

This is a fantastic, resinous, beast of an IIPA. AWESOME!

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Photo of Treyliff
4.7/5  rDev +6.8%
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 cherche
4.75/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Finally reviewing this beer after it being a favorite of mine for the past couple years...

L: copper colored with off white head, couple fingers of head, nice retention, nice lacing
S: sweet hoppiness, caramel, citrus, awesome stuff
T: more of the smell, God this never disappoints...so good
M: slightly above average carbonation
O: one of the best beers there is, no doubt about it. Haven't had many DIPAs better than this one...

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.62/5  rDev -17.7%
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 Moose90
4.45/5  rDev +1.1%
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 harrymel
3.62/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler poured earlier today from Chuck's Hop Shop

Light copper ale with soapy yellowish foam etching the surface. Grapefruit, mango, lemon peel, a bit of alchohol, some catty character and biscuity malts in the nose. Flavor follows suit with a good punch of bitterness, balanced with sweet, wet malts and plenty of juicy fruits in there. Although not overly bitter, the beer is also a little sweet with alcohol. Slight hint of acetone on the finish. Medium bodied with lower carb (I think this related to the growler fill method used here) and a resinous finish. This has all the main components of a world class DIPA, but just needs some fine tuning in the alcohol, ester and overall weaving of the flavors. I would order again in a heart beat and will likely finish the growler tonight with a friend.

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Photo of flexabull
4.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Growler provided by my younger brother, thanks Bro!

Pours a bright gold color with a fine white head, very good lacing too.

Aromas are nice, a mixture of bright citrus, grapefruit, orange, caramel malt sweetness, and undertones of pine resin.

Taste is full bodied, flavorful, but not overly strong. Caramel malty, and pineapple sweetness up front, slightly creamy, with plenty of hoppiness. Hints of citrus, tangerine, pine resin, and some subtle earthy notes. This beer does a really good job being hoppy, without being overly bitter and strong. This is complex, but still well balanced,

Mouthfeel is very good, full, smooth, with nice subtle and snappy carbonation.

Overall, this is outstanding. The drinkability is second to almost none. Very impressed with how full, smooth, and flavorful this beer is, without being heavy, bitter, and overly sweet. Well done Boneyard, this is excellent.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev -5%
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 CuriousMonk
4.46/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dark golden orange color and a one finger frothy beige head that slowly settles into a thick lasting ring. Streaks and chunks of soapy lacing coat the glass throughout. Floral, earthy hop aroma with lots of resinous, grassy pine. Really dank smells but there’s also a lot of tropical and citrus fruit sweetness. Hints of mango, grapefruit, pineapple and orange peel followed by some pale malt and sweet booze. Chewy full body with a blast of dank resinous hops that provide a lingering dry bitterness that lasts throughout. Extremely fresh and crazy hoppy but there is some sweetness mid-palate and toward the finish that balances things out. Hints of orange peel, curaçao, tangerine, grapefruit and mango. Sweet booze but abv is relatively well masked. Easy to drink considering how extreme it is. Subtle pale malts toward the finish as well but this beer is all about the dominating dank hops. Really wish 10 Barrel and Boneyard would ship their beers to me…

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Photo of snaotheus
4.31/5  rDev -2%
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 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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Hop Venom Double IPA from Boneyard Beer Company
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