Hoppin' Cretin IPA | Tofino Brewing Company

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Hoppin' Cretin IPAHoppin' Cretin IPA

Brewed by:
Tofino Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by DaftCaskBC on 09-22-2011

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 64
Reviews by ronhocker:
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3.7/5  rDev -7.5%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of cam477
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BCborn
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of chickenm
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of BGDrock
3.79/5  rDev -5.3%
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 JonnyBeers
4/5  rDev 0%

Photo of biboergosum
4.04/5  rDev +1%
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 Tmappin
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of CWVegas
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of joemcgrath27
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RandyFlameThrower
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of souvenirs
4.08/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Boozecamel
3.81/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rutager
4.37/5  rDev +9.3%
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 Phyl21ca
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
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 urbs76
3.84/5  rDev -4%

Photo of largadeer
3.43/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.65/5  rDev -8.8%
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 ThirstyDutchman
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of papat444
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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 FondueVoodoo
3.96/5  rDev -1%
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 Ghrymm
4.01/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 650ml bottle,a nice golden amber,some lacing with a nice thin head.
A very good West Coast IPA with a good hop hit.

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Photo of LampertLand
4.06/5  rDev +1.5%
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 Thishops4u
4.25/5  rDev +6.3%

Photo of BcCraft710
3.94/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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