Hopinator | Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

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Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by koolk on 08-10-2008

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Ratings: 43 |  Reviews: 29
Photo of Everydayoff
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

330ml bottle poured into a teku glass.

The pour yields hazy deep copper amber color liquid with very thick silky off-white head that stands with good retention before gradually subsiding to an eternal bubble sheet atop and leaving plenty of sticky lacing here and there.

Quite fruity and piney hop in the aroma, it consists of citrus, tropical, lime, papaya, mango, as well as intense pine, resin, floral, and spice. Malt is there also with its biscuit and rich caramel toffee.

The taste is still led by hop with its citrus, tropical, lime, mango, as well as intense pine, resin, and spice just like the aroma while malt being in support with its sweet, biscuit, and caramel toffee. The end and aftertaste is covering by quite solid hop bitterness.

Surprisingly light body considering its character with good crisp and lively carbonation that is suitable to carry all the things well under the smooth mouthfeel, finish is pleasantly dry. Maybe the body is a bit too thin for DIPA for my liking.

There is rich piney and citrusy hop profile here against the rich malt bill of biscuit and caramel. The result is pretty good IPA without doubt.

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Photo of nataliette
4.95/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of patre_tim
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Deep brown and filtered with lots of slow rising bubbles. A head of 3 fingers that sports a light beige colour.

Pistachios and pine nuts , hints of coffee and toffee as well.

Citrusy and piney, lime zest and toffee. Fresh but not overpowering for an imperial. Really digging it!

Medium body, resinous quality and moderate carbonation. Slightly tannic finish.

Got at Beer Lab, Chiang Mai. Drank on July 11th, 2016. I really dig this brew. It stayed fresh coming from Australia to Thailand, and its subtle and complex for the style. I think the others are underrating this brew. The score was 82 with 27 reviews today, and I hope this will change.

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Photo of ntanp91
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Oidmoe
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From bottle, amber with orange tinges. pine and citrus hop aromas taste of pine leading the way with some toffee malt backing. Highly drinkable for a dipa.

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Photo of DaPan
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of admiral
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of eric5bellies
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of HopSavant
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of Gasc0igne
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of XsoldoutX
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Vanz
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of artemh
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of SmashPants
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle: good quality 330mL brown bottle with stylish quality label. Nice.

Appearance: poured deep copper-brown in colour, with plenty of fine carbonation visible. An off-white head bursts up before settling to a semi-creamy one-finger head. Looks good!

Aroma: a touch sweeter than I expected from a double-hopped IPA. There are certainly some heavy pine hop aromas, but they are almost dominated by sweet caramel and toffee. Not unpleasant, just a tad awkward.

Taste: again the hops are present, but are in this case equalled by the malts. Where the malts were slightly overpowering on the nose, however, the hop and malts flavours integrate nicely on the palate. Sticky malt flavours with spicy pine hops; the only thing missing for me is the AIPA hop bite, which is a bit lacking in the Hopinator.

Aftertaste: the hop bitterness is again slightly dominated by the malts, but is still complex and sits nicely in the mouth. Lingers nicely also.

Mouth feel: medium in body, I think that a bit more carbonation would really bring those hop flavours through a little bit stronger, which would really rounded out the flavour profile.

Overall: a lovely American Double IPA with a well-rounded palate of hop and malt. The only 2 things that stop me giving it 9.5 or 10 out of 10 are the slightly lacking carbonation, and the truly prohibitive price tag of AU$110 per case of 12 x 500mL (2013).

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Photo of biboergosum
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle, a Liquor Depot import special, currently only available at their new Wine and Beyond superstore.

This beer pours a hazy medium apricot amber hue, with two fingers of dense, somewhat creamy off-white head, which settles at due pace, leaving some broad, sparse splattered lace patterns around the glass.

It smells of bitter pine needles, a bit of resinous, sappy, sugary caramel malt, a subtle mustiness, and a softly soused orchard fruitiness. The taste is bready caramel malt, a more tamed earthy, leafy pine bitterness, tangy orange and grapefruit fruitiness, and a bit of dank dustiness. Very little in the way of alcohol warming.

The carbonation is level, and just generally supportive, the body a solid medium weight, and fairly smooth, as the usual hop interlopers are present, but mostly inert. It finishes off-dry, and quite muddled, the bitterness of the lingering hops barely standing apart from the flat bready malt.

A so-so DIPA, lots going on, and lots of it right, but there's an overall restraint to things, one that I find underwhelming in something with such a heady moniker. Worth a try, but maybe not at the existent dear exclusive/import/stingy allocation price.

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Photo of bostonryan
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of heygeebee
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

No date on bottle. From Beer Cartel.

Pours an amber mid-brown clear body. 100% clear. Aggresive pour yields half finger head, dies quickly. Spotty lace.

Intense aromas of resiny pine, hops, grapefruit.

Taste is grapefruit dominated. Significant dry hop bitterness. Malt comes through as it warms with toffee.

Mouthfeel is too lightly carbonated. Poor, almost watery.

This is an average beer in a crowded market. The smell suggests quite fresh, but the rest of the package is a let-down. As it warms it does alter, but still too watery overall.

EDIT 2014

Have just sampled the re-badged 500ml bottle version and a significant improvement. Worth a rescore

OLD 3/4/3/2/3

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Photo of mungus
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of dansmcd
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of creamy head crowns a red orange body, excellent sloppy lacing decorates the glass.

S - Wow, that's not what I expected. Very different. Some woody hops, but overshadowed by red lady apples, soft cheese and ricotta. Both soft and sharp aromas. Weird.

T - Again, this is unusual. There's plenty of fruity hops, but not citrus. Strawberry and red apple. I'm not a fan of the cheese flavour though.

M - Low carbonation, light to medium body, solid bitterness.

O - Nice to see a change up from the typical IPA profile and good on Holgate for throwing in something different, but it's certainly not an improvement on citrusy, tropical, piney IPAs if you ask me.

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Photo of bylerteck
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle from Purvis in Melbourne.

A - Bright. Light brown with a film of head and mild carbonation. No lace and no retention.

S - Some pretty rich malt with lot's of caramel. Strong citrus hop with boozy fruits. Really nice.

T - Straight hops and caramel, boozy pineapple maybe as well.

M - Good carbonation, meduim body and a decent bitterness.

O/D - Not alot of depth of flavour. Not a bad DIPA, but lacking a bit. Boozier than I would expect for 7%.

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Photo of jjkatter
2.84/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

330 ml bottle poured into a goblet...

A- brown/amber with 0 head and just a trace of carbonation

S- floral with plenty of hops and wheat with toasted barley.

T- they don't call it Hopinator for nothing... it is plenty hoppy with flavors of unsweetened tea and toasted/smokey barley.

MF- unfavorably flat. Could do with more effervescence. The bitterness is well balanced with smokey barley.

O- I don't know if the beer I got had a leak was flat for that reason, or if that is what this beer is typically like. It is plenty hoppy, but still drinkable.

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Photo of laituegonflable
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a rich earthy red, the colour of scorched earth. Head is nice when poured, tan colour and creamy with decent sticky lace. Looks quite English; good body to it.

Smells very caramelly with English toffee and an odd note of sherbet. Rosewater that's a bit too sweet as well, and overall smells a bit muddy, with hops coming across quite dank in spite of their floral, tangy aroma. Can't say I'm huge on this.

Taste is also malty, with burnt toffee, rich earth and salted caramel upfront. Gets dank and resinous hop character midway for a slight mouldy note, touch of lemon pith and astringent pepper on the back. Needs way more lift, this is a heavy and murky palate, with only one flavour note. Needs more cut 'n' contrast.

Bit full in the mouth, but ultimately slick. Alpha acids pull the mouth back a bit, still a bit heavy, but not bad stylistically.

Not a huge fan of this; quite heavy and full-on, and would like something there to cut through more.

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Photo of danieelol
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Nice appearance, golden red with nice head and lacing.

S: Definitely in the "Australian IPA"style. Malt bomb. Bottled in May which puts it within 4 months old. Gotta be honest, I actually like this one's malt profile. Sweet and chocolatey with a bit of tropical pineapple hop breaking through, almost barleywine-esque.

T: More crystal? and caramelly malts with a balanced sweetness. Again enjoyable, with a nice alcohol/hop in the finish. Pine does come through more in the taste.

M: Not bad at all. Medium/thin body with some syrup.

O: Think this works well in fact. Always prefer my IPAs to actually be hoppy, but this one's malt was nice enough to win me over.

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Hopinator from Holgate Brewhouse / Keatings Hotel
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 43 ratings