Dr. Hoptagon | Parish Brewing Company

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Dr. HoptagonDr. Hoptagon

Brewed by:
Parish Brewing Company
Louisiana, United States

Style: American Black Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Parish Dr. Hoptagon is a badass Black IPA. Pleasantly offensive, this serum is bursting with bitter hops and black roasted malts. If you prefer weak, yellow beer or rainbow pooping unicorns, leave this web page and slowly back away.

100+ IBU

Added by Mikecap on 09-28-2013

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Photo of maximum12
2.45/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Thanks to nolahophead for this beer. 12 oz. bottle consumed while watching game 7 of the World Series. I’m really glad I don’t care about either team.

The pour – WTF? I assumed this was a big IPA, instead, I’m treated to a pour of Dr. Pepper. OK, read the label, anything with ‘rainbow pooping unicorns’ on it has to be good, right? Smells like caramel & pine nuts, if that’s a real thing.

Dr. Hoptagon immediately makes me start thinking about the other beers in my fridge, & how fast I can get there. This embodies the weakest parts of the black IPA style. To start with, it’s watery. Next, the pine nut hop runs headlong into the roast, & unfortunately it’s me showing signs of concussion. Weird hoppy burn in the back of the throat. Coffee grounds. Would have been more interested in a 1.5 oz. pour of this.

Give me those unicorn pies any day. I just don’t like this

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Photo of Coldkiller
4.84/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This is simply the best black IPA there is. The hops and roasted malt are in perfect balance. Parish always kills it with their hoppy beers, and this is no exception. If you see it, please try it!

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Photo of Mateo2699
4.36/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got this in a trade with a bunch of Ghosts as an extra, poured into snifter.

Pour is jet black with a very slight red hue towards the head. Very impressive lacing around the glass, with a khaki colored fluffy head.

Smell is citrus and pine. Getting very subtle chocolate and leather. Cashews and almonds. Very interesting nose.

Taste is a little roasty malt, a little hop resin. Not much roasty malt to taste like coffee though. Maybe some slight chocolate, but that's the only "dark" flavors I get. Okay let this warm up a little you get that very slight coffee. Other than that, it tastes like an IPA. Hop resin, some tropical notes like passion fruit and maybe some mango and papaya.

Mouthfeel is very very similar to Ghost. A little medium bodied and juicy mouthfeel. Not so much juicy taste. Slightly carbonated.

Overall excellent IPA. The look(as far as lacing and stickiness)and mouthfeel is like Ghosts evil twin. Taste and smell throws a curve ball. Only had a handful of black IPA's and am not disappointed. Great job Parish.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.5/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Deep root beer brown, two finger head slowly fades, rings of lace. Roasted malt aroma with citrus and tropical fruit notes. Taste is a fine balance of chocolate malt, citrusy orange, some dark fruit, finishes with some piney earthy bitterness that lasts into a dry finish. Soft creamy mouthfeel. This is an outstanding black ale, another great job by Parish.

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Photo of ghostinthemachine
5/5  rDev +22%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Amazing beer. black with a little bit of head. it is almost clear for a black beer if that makes sense. the malt/hop balance is perfect. it is a very drinkable beer. i believe it is dry hopped with galaxy. i got a hint of chocolate and some roasted flavors then a earthy hop note.

i liked it a whole lot more than ghost in the machine. it's crazy how people go nuts over ghost but this one hangs around. this was my first time trying it so i know nothing about the previous batches

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Photo of JerryOdom
4.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I find it laughable that Ghost in the Machine is so popular but I can easily buy this beer around Baton Rouge.

Appearance - It's opaque more/less with ruby highlights. Basically clear for a dark beer.

Smell - Wonderful citrus, some pine, some passion fruit, somewhat dank.

Taste - Wonderful biting pineapple like flavor mixed in with caramel, slight cocoa and just perfect balance of hop to malt.

Feel - Very cozy on the tongue. Perfect finish on the tongue. Just dry enough yet sweet enough to prevent any sensation of astringency. Masterful job.

To me this beer is superb. My favorite from Parish. Truly the West Coast brewery of the South East.

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Photo of tduecen
4.58/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Best batch of Dr. Hoptagon. You can actually get the hops in your initial sip and then you get the roastiness of the malts. One of the best batches of Hoptagon I've had and hopefully they keep the recipe.

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Photo of BayouBengal1537
4.18/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle born on 8-27-15. Poured into a pint glass. Color is a deep dark brown with small tan head that slightly stays around during the entire beer. Smells of roasty malts, citrus and tropical hop notes. Taste follows with a beautifully complex balance of dark roasted malts and citrus/tropical notes of orange peel, pineapple, and a lingering bitterness at the back of the tongue. The feel is smooth, creamy, medium carbonation keeps this beer alive. At 100+ IBUs and 7.5% abv this is a damn good Black IPA that is extremely drinkable.

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Photo of Meganomiidae
4.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Jet black with a slight brown tinge. Thin, light brown head. Also noticing a hefty amount of sediment not previously documented here - my guess is dry-hop remnants?

S: Piney and grapefruit hop aromas are dominant on the nose, mingling with a slight hint of roasted malt. Yummy.

T: Parish does a good job here of highlighting both the maltiness and hoppiness of this beer. Instead of competing heaftily, they play nice and complement each other. Flavor is roasty maltiness and dark chocolate, fading into grapefruity and piney hops. Really a pleasant experience!

F: Creamy, smooth, like a stout. Caresses your tongue and throat as it passes.

O: First "Black IPA" I've ever had, and if they're all like this, I need to try some more! Certainly wonderful to be living in Louisiana and be able to have this whenever it's available. Worth a try!

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Photo of tigg924
4.15/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours opaque dark brown color with 1/2 inch head. Taste is piney hops with roasted malt, light coffee, and a touch of citrus. A smooth and complex sipper. One I will revisit again.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
4.23/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass. Bottled today: 03/27/2015

Appearance: Pours a hazy, midnight brown with 1 finger of puffy off-white head

Smell: Citrus and pine hops; little malt presence in the aroma

Taste: Hop forward with subdued roasted coffee notes throughout the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium and not overly sticky or resiny from the hop flavor

Overall: As far as the vast spectrum of American Black IPAs goes, this is more hop focused than most. The roasted flavors are right in the background to offset the hop bitterness but never strong enough to balance out. While freshness might be a factor, I personally enjoy this. Others who prefer there Black IPAs more malt forward might prefer more balance.

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Photo of GregJ
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%

Floral with roasted malts and light chocolate. Dark brown to black with a quickly dissepating off white head. Floral grapefruit up front, malty sweetness with roasted malts. Sweet malt and grapefruit hop aftertaste.

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Photo of Rhymkeeper
3.25/5  rDev -20.7%

Parish Brewing - Dr. Hoptagon bottled 03/05/14. Bought at brewery 6 Sept. '14
Poured from 750 ml bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Extremely dark coffee brown, almost black. Had a very good tan head up to 3/4 inch dissipating within 3-4 minutes leaving good lacing. My 2nd pint later had a good head that didn't last as long. Grade 3.25

Smell: Forgive my limited vocabulary but I found it to be at first slightly sweet with a noticeable toasty nut aroma. This was followed by a spicy almost resin after-scent. There may have been a bit of floral yeast in there too. Pleasant with a bit of bite. 2/3rd way through pint I picked up a bit of tannic astringency. Grade 3.0

Taste: Followed smell though toasty flavor added a bit of toasty caramel and very dark chocolate. It reminded me of 85% + dark chocolate. There was no bitter coffee flavor which I found to my approval as I am not a coffee drinker. The flavor smoothed out (even considering a tannins mentioned above) as the pint was consumed. Grade 3.25

Mouthfeel: Had a slight chewiness with a medium body and the carbonation felt low to moderate but proper for the taste. Grade 3.0

Overall: While not the "Badass" that Parish promised and not "Bursting" with bitter hops, I enjoyed the level of bitterness and the roasted malt.

To my reviewing criteria of anything rated 3 or above qualifies as "sure I'll have one" and would by it again given my mood, I give this an overall Grade of 3.25

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Photo of JMScowcroft
4.14/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Parish Brewing Company - Dr. Hoptagon, poured into a Lawson's tulip.

Look - Pours a low viscosity translucent brown and settles jet black with no translucence. Nice off-white foamy head that retains some and leaves a ton of lacing. Great looking BIPA.

Smell - Aroma is quite juicy hoppy! The roasted malts are faint and the hops are juicy mango citrus and passion fruit.

Taste - Taste is roasted black malts that somewhat subdues the tropical hops you can taste back behind. Finishes bitter roast. The hop profile is awesome but unfortunately the burnt malt kills it here so much it's fleeting, not uncommon for black IPAs.

Mouthfeel - Heavy-medium body with moderate carbonation. Rests real toasty charcoal. Warm malty booziness. Decent drinkability.

Overall - This is a solid offering. I wish the nose, which was amazing, was more prominent in the taste and mouthfeel, but it was drowned out by roasted malts.

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Photo of a0lbudman
4.32/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A-Foam came pouring out when opened. Black with a huge tan head that leaves no lace
S-Hops is strong and has a pine aroma also
T-Roasted malt with a strong hop aftertaste that fades back to a roasted malt finish
M-medium body and high carbonation
O-This was a different beer. The foam and carbonation made me have to wait to drink this one, but once I did it turned out to be a great beer

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Photo of dav3290
4.38/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Dark with a nice tan head, looks really nice in the glass

S - Toasted malt and hops are the first thing that hits you. Smells like a Black IPA should.

T - Very nice, chocolate, rich malt, and a slight bitterness from the hops. Best tasting beer Parish brews.

M - Medium and creamy

O - Fantastic Black IPA that can hold its own against Wookey and SSR, imo. Hopefully more people in Louisiana or outside the state get a chance to try this.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.74/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Going into any "Black IPA", I'm always excited to see if it sells its hop character and uses the dark grains to accent dryness and bitterness. Or if the ale beefs up its dark malt taste to more resemble a hoppy Porter. Where there's nothing wrong with either, the former really wins over my taste buds! Question: will this beer go there?

Dr. Hoptagedon opens with a very dark and creamy pour. As the ale settles into the glass, its body gleems with seemingly clear opaqueness as the ale casts an onyx-like dark brown sheen. The beer's foam billows to the top with a tall column of sand-stained head. Slow to separate, its froth is slow to settle as well, sticking to the glass with clumping lace. Its a strong appearance overall.

Its balanced scent is half hops and half malt. As the nose if first stricken by pine, citrus pith and fresh cut grass; that's all quickly followed with bold coffee, dark chocolate and heavy toast. It promises to be just as much porter as IPA along with some vegetal astringency, so we'll see...

And that balance of malt and hops continue in taste. But on the palate, its the burnt caramel, heavy toast, Breakfast Blend coffee, bittersweet chocolate, walnuts and husky wood taste that take hold first. Its growing middle palate introduces its hop character- first leading with the pith of grapefruit, orange and grape seed. Then comes the bitterness as the ale turns piney, sappy, and deeply resinous. A lasting earthy and vegetable tone of freshly chopped grass and burnt embers conclude the taste as the sweetness fades evenly throughout.

Medium-full in body, its porter structure is slow to release as the ale really prefers its creamy and roasty underpinnings. Its reluctant transition toward dryness is slow and reveals flavors of roast, burnt wood, light ash and burning pine cones before its sticky bitterness sets in. Finishing malty-dry, the ale trails with alcohol warmth and continued roast.

Although the ale has a lot going for it, I expected that at some point that the beer would talk me off of the fence and allow me to decide whether it wants to be an IPA or a Porter. But it never does. Where balance is its finer attribute, its also its hindrance. But I gotta say, I don't do nearly enough drugs to fully appreciate what they're trying to do with their label art.

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Photo of cvm4
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a black body with a dark khaki head that really stays around. Great lacing and retention.

S - The piney hops and malty backbone definitely battle for attention. A chocolate smell does rear its head.

T - The taste really follows the nose to me. Just a pleasant mix of piney hops, roasted malts and a bit of chocolate.

M - Medium bodied and medium to full carbonation. Creamy texture with a wet finish.

O - Solid offering here. This style is the best of both worlds, IMO.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.99/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Pours a fully opaque black color with a full inch of dark tan head that retains very well before reducing to a thick ring around the edge of the glass and a full sheet of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a thick ring behind.

S- Assertive hop aroma has big notes of citrus and pine plus a nice backing of chocolate from the dark roast. A bit of booziness sneaks in but doesn't hurt the overall profile. Also some caramel and coffee.

T- Flavor is a bit more medicinal as the hops clash with the malt and show no sign of the citrus or chocolate that's in the smell. That said, it is still smooth and has equal parts roast and bitterness. It's just not as invigorating in the taste as it is in the aroma. Alcohol is fairly well hidden and there's traces of vanilla sweetness.

M- Creamy and robust with medium carbonation and a full body.

O- A decent stab at a Black IPA but, like other Parish offerings, it falls a bit short in the flavor department.

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Photo of HeadyTheElder
4.44/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Latest iteration. Bottled on 08/27/15. 12 ounce bottle poured into a Parish snifter.

This batch is the best yet of this beer and a significant improvement. Lots of great citrus and other fruity hop flavors with some earthy bitterness over a nice little roasty backbone. It is identifiable as a black IPA, but the hops really shine. The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth. Very refreshing. This is now pretty similar in structure to Parish's great DIPA, Ghost in the Machine. The aroma is pretty nice as it warms.

Overall, a very nice and hoppy Black IPA with a smooth finish.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.96/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice solid black color, with a dark brown finger of frothy head. Laced good, good retention, dissipated to a small frothy ring. The armor had some heft chocolate notes, with roast and a pleasant citrus and piny, resinous hop note. Similar tastes to the arma with plenty chocolate and roast, with citrus and pine hops and a medium bitterness. Body was full, had some creamy textures and a pleasant finish.

All in all, really enjoyable. More like a hoppy stout almost. Not overly hoppy or overly stout-like. Will be getting bottles when they drop too.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.94/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Barley Oak as part of their LA Beer Week Event. Served in a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Poured a jet black with a thin brownish head that fades relatively quickly, nice lacing and retention along the sides of my pint glass.

Smell: Hoppy up front with some piney and floral notes, a touch of citrus. Not very roasty as black IPAs often tend to be. Solid aroma overall.

Taste: Up front with hop bitterness, followed with a nice touch of chocolate which I didn't catch as much in the nose. Definitely some piney hop taste but a nice balance with roasted malt and chocolate.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation without being too filling. Nice balance between sweetness and happiness, and drinks more like an IPA.

Overall: Very solid beer that I'm looking forward to seeing in bottles soon. Drinks more like an IPA than a stout, which is what I like in this style.

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Dr. Hoptagon from Parish Brewing Company
4.1 out of 5 based on 115 ratings.
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