Hoppin' Cretin IPA
Tofino Brewing Company

Hoppin' Cretin IPAHoppin' Cretin IPA
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Style:
American IPA
Ranked #1,184
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
89
Ranked #9,305
Avg:
4.02 | pDev: 7.46%
Reviews:
20
Ratings:
71
From:
Tofino Brewing Company
 
British Columbia, Canada
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
89
Very Good
Hoppin' Cretin IPAHoppin' Cretin IPA
Notes: A tawny straw colored IPA with a hop forward nose that gives off an aromatic bouquet of citrus and mango. This beer has been hopped heartily at all stages of the brewing process and packs enough punch to satisfy any fan of the IPA style the West Coast has become known for in recent years. It is lighter in body with an extremely dry finish. There’s no stoppin’ the cretins from hoppin’.

60 IBU
Reviews: 20 | Ratings: 71 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of patre_tim
3.77/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper with a hint of haze, a swirl of carbonation and a finger of ocher head.

Smells of malts, pineapple and caramel.

Tastes of malts, caramel, a hint of tartness, and a dull bitterness.

Light body with little carbonation.

I got this in Abbotsford BC and am drinking it in Redding, CA.

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Photo of kemoarps
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful golden amber bauble, like the colour of preserved sap. Nice soapy head sits atop and stays pretty for a while. I'm into it.

Nose has sweet caramel supporting some grassy and floral and citrus nectar.

Flavour has some grainy malts but they give way pretty quickly to a thin curtain of those sweeter notes listed above: floral/nectar/almost honey-like sweetness and then the bitter pine finish that dominates the back half. It's definitely the dominant character there, but it's not a punishing bitter, more just a lasting effect.

Body on the small side of medium with fine pinpricks of carbonation that support the flavours nicely.

I dig it.

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Photo of bylerteck
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Classic West Coast. Been a long time since I've had these flavours in an IPA and it's incredibly refreshing to not have straight juice and low bitterness. Well executed.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: 650 ml bottle poured into a small nonic glass.

Appearance: Cloudy golden amber with a lush, frothy head of white foam. Lace coats the glass like a fresh snowfall.

Smell: Mellow caramel malts carry resinous and citrus hops. Dank and leathery notes.

Taste: Moderately malty body gives way to fruit, more tropical than citrus. Leafy, earthy and resinous hop flavors abound along with bold bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium, slightly oily body with moderate but relatively soft carbonation.

Overall: A nicely bitter and hoppy IPA. Not as fruit forward as some West Coast contemporaries, but with layers of hoppiness it's full, balanced and enjoyable.

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Photo of MAB
4.22/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm surprised (or maybe not) that no one has yet mentioned the obvious.
The label is the first clue, the name the second clue.
This is a tribute beer, to The Ramones! (Song "Cretin Hop"; label image-- well just google "Ramones logo".

Anyhoo-- this is a very good beer.

It is deep yellow in appearance with a tan-tinged head, that sticks around a good while.
It smells hoppy, and it tastes hoppy. Extremely hoppy. And extremely bitter.
It took a while to drink the full bottle, but I enjoyed every sip.

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Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

650ml bottle, part of a quartet of this brewery's offerings that just suddenly showed up on this side of the Continental Divide (Canuck version).

This beer pours a mostly clear, medium copper amber colour, with three fingers of puffy, very loosely foamy, and generally bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some splotchy, way northern hemisphere island group lace around the glass as it lazily subsides.

It smells of mildly dank and resinous pine needles, bready and lightly crackery caramel malt, muddled tropical fruity bubblegum, further red grapefruit and blood orange pith, a bit of that ol' trendy hard water flintiness, and more leafy, weedy, and perfumed floral hop bitterness. The taste is big on the tropical fruit right off the bat - mango, papaya, kiwi, and antipodean white grapes - with some subdued wet pine and domestic citrus essences, grainy and bready caramel/toffee malt, and more generic leafy, weedy, and floral hoppiness.

The bubbles are fairly active in their probing and zippy frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and surprisingly smooth, the hops taking a pass on peppering my already fully engaged palate. It finishes off-dry, that tropical fruit thing persisting sans a heavy dose of its inherent sweetness, while the other players keep 'er straight and true, avoiding the ditches like the plague.

I'm not altogether certain what a 'hoppin' cretin' is meant to signify - maybe another way of describing hop-hunting hipsters and hippies? At any rate, the fruitiness of the hops here is much appreciated, as it does well to dampen the initially prevalent dank pine character that I would just as well see die an early death, as least as far as craft brewers are concerned.

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Photo of leaddog
3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours an amber with two fingers of off white frothy head.

Smell - citrus hops, tropical fruits (mango), grapefruit peel, and bready caramel malts.

Taste - Citrus hops dominate the brew. The mango, grapefruit peel, and bready caramel malts act as a pleasant supporting cast.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes off dry with a pleasant lingering bitterness.

Overall - An enjoyable IPA that hits the mark on all fronts. The bitterness in the end from the citrus hops just has that "oomph" to it.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.82/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

650ml bomber poured into pint glass 31/7/15

A hazed bright orange liquid with plenty of slow bubbles feeding a finger of short lived foam that leaves a partial ring followed by some polka dots

S orange creamsikle, vitamin C chewable’s, bruised mango, grapefruit, some pine and a healthy blast of caramel

T lots of tropical fruit and caramel, not far from the nose really but a little more malt coming out with some lemon rind

M has some body to it and bubbles cream it up giving it an even bigger feel, just a hint of booze with a mild bitter snap, a little gritty on the palate and sticky on the lips

O perhaps my bottle sat on a shelf a little longer than I like, some malt seems to be coming out but still lots of hops going on

I liked this one but at the same time I might grab another bottle down the road to see if this actually has a big malty backbone or if my bottle was a little over the hill.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle: Poured an amber color ale with a large off-white foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of citrusy hops with light bitter notes is pleasant enough. Taste is dominated by citrusy hoppy notes with medium level of bitter notes and dry caramel malt notes with little residual sugar notes. Body is about average for style with good carbonation. Standard West Coast style IPA with quite the hops punch but maybe a tad too much bitterness for my taste.

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Photo of hotmailmsn
4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

7.5% ABV, 65 IBU?
A - light amber, dark orange; one finger head poured from bottle. hazy since its unfiltered.
S - smell incredibly good! tropical fruits, mango, pineapple, honey, piney & pears. grapefruit & tangerine. hint of grassy. caramel malty.
T - light body, surprisingly palate is not suggested as the nose, it's piney, not so sweet, yet refreshing and malty! bitterness follows after the malty taste! bit of tartness there.
O - I would say it's a layering beer rather than well balanced beer, it's fun, in which it smells sweet, taste malty first than bitter. I'll get one if I see it, not trying to find tho.

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Photo of papat444
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Thanks to FondueVoodoo for this one.

Poured from a 650ml bottle, no #freshbeer info.

Pours a honey coolred body, strong 3 finger head that isn't going anywhere. Just slathers the side with lacing. Smell is very piney with citrus flesh. Flavor is bicsuity, pine, bitter orange, mild grapefruit and sweet tinge but hops overtake it lays a nice bitterness. Starts clean and works its way up. Tasty indeed.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.06/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tofino Brewing's 'Hoppin'Cretin IPA' @ 7.5% , served on tap at the 4th Island BEER Fest , and numerous 650 ml bottles purchased for around $6 each

A-pour is gold from the tap/bottle to a clear amber in the glass with a small white head leaving a sticky lace along the pint/taster

S-sweet PNW rain forest

T-crisp & clean tasting PNW IPA , bit dry in the finish

MF-ok/good carbonation , feels big bodied , big lingering dryness on the palate

Ov-good beer , decent BC IPA

prost LampertLand

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Photo of BGDrock
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: cloudy tangerine with an off-white head that doesn't stick around

Aroma: bright pineapple; some orange, apricot, but mostly tropical fruit and a touch of pine

Taste & Mouthfeel: taste is dominated by resin bitterness that's more pith than pine - not my preference; the fruitiness of the aroma is almost completely lost in the flavour, but there's enough to provide a certain level of balance; good carbonation and medium body spot on for the style; midway through, the fruity aspect of the hops has asserted itself and struck great parity with the pine aspects of the hops (which has also mellowed) - turning out to be a solid balance of flavour

Overall: a little patience and you'll be enjoying this one - strong flavours overall and the touch of tropical fruit make it a little more interesting than the average IPA

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at Alibi Room, Vancouver.

Hazy blonde with white film that speckles.
Big orange and mango nose.
Butter cookie malts with pile of orange, light Pinesol and lemon zest hops.
Floral ending and minty linger.
Lt-med, oily, soft.

Proper citrus hops but still drinkable, without punishing bitterness. Brighter and easier than Fat Tug. Go-to choice for a sessionable BC IPA.

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Photo of FondueVoodoo
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy apricot with a tight micro foam head, some minimal retention.

S: Big and bold pine resin with sweet musky melon, citrus juice and earthiness. The hops are front and centre, simple and direct but evened out with candy sugar.

T: Hoppy bitters with pine resin and grapefruit pith. Fresh citrus notes with rock candy sugar that compliments the bitters. Finishes with a mild numbing on the palate reminiscent of cloves but lingers fresh pine needles.

M: Medium light, easily drinkable and refreshing with low carbonation.

O: Bold pine notes and an easy drinker, fresh and uncomplicated - like Tofino caught in a bottle.

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Photo of Rutager
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance. Pours a fairly clear orange-amber with two fingers of cream coloured head that leaves some great lacing behind.

Smell. Big grapefruit and tropical fruits, some nice toasted grainy malts and a little cedar.

Taste. Toasted grainy malts, bitter yellow grapefruit, pineapple and mango, floral hops and a little cedar. Bitter grapefruit rind finish.

Mouthfeel. Medium_ body, medium-low carbonation. Smooth and creamy feel.

Overall. Absolutely blows the Tuff Session that I had the other night out of the frickin' water. Really enjoyed this one.

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Photo of EspressoGuy
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

7.5% ABV
A: amb with orange hints. Translucent.
S: pine needles! cut grass, Grapefruit rind. Deep, direct, intense.
T: a big beer with a long lingering finish. Very bitter on the finish. Like biting into a fresh grapefruit. The flavour isn't very complex but what is there is massive... and likable.
M: full bodied
O: For me, this is right on the edge of the alcohol level for a straight IPA. This is one Brute of a beer. A "Gene Kiniski" amidst a mat-full of "Eric Froehlic" IPAs. Beware of the Roy McClarty-esque "sleeper-hold" it can put on you.

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Photo of ericj551
3.96/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hoppin Cretin IPA pours a bright copper with nice head. Great hoppy aroma, citrus, some pine and fresh cut grass and just a bit estery malt. The flavor is hoppy with a slick, almost soapy character. The malt backbone is there, with a nice rounded sweetness. Overall a good IPA, I look forward to filling growlers at the brewery next time I'm there.

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Photo of ronhocker
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served from a growler poured fresh at the brewery in Tofino, driven back to Ucluelet to the hotel and consumed nightly.

This was the best of their three beers they had on tap. The others have a ways to go to get up to typical US micro standards. This is a new brewery so I'm sure it will improve.

The Appearance was a copper orange hue, decent head retention.

Smell is good, some citra hops likely going on here.

Taste is good, southern california style IPA, lots of hop flavor, medium agressive bitterness.

Overall a decent beer and the best one they currently make.

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Photo of DaftCaskBC
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Alibi Room in Vancouver.

A: 1/4" off-white head over amber liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Smell of pine and floral hops.

T: Pine and floral hops up front balanced off with a clean and somewhat malty finish. Very nice.

M: Medium viscosity and a medium level of carbonation.

O: Very drinkable IPA that is nicely balanced.

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Hoppin' Cretin IPA from Tofino Brewing Company
Beer rating: 89 out of 100 with 71 ratings