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Horns Up | HopDog BeerWorks

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HopDog BeerWorks

Style: Rye Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by lacqueredmouse on 11-16-2011

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Ratings: 13 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by mulder1010:
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3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tim at Hop Dog for sending me a box

A-- Hazy, orange yellow straw color. One finger head that falls to a nice collar. Good spotty lacing.

S--- Fruit sorbet with pine. Very hop forward. Something rare for here. Bold nose with a small bit of backbone. Not much rye but who is arguing. Real nice.

T-- Sweet tropical fruits at first, touches of spicy rye. Not much though. Piney and bitey.

M-- Medium bodied and medium carbonation. Quite oily and resiny. Pine and grapefruit finish.

O-- most hop forward thing in Eastern Australia. Not perfect but has it's moments.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Vanz
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.02/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours dark amber with a small head.
Nose shows restrained (for an IPA) hops, mainly spicy and grassy. A touch of spicy rye surfaces too.
Very aggressive flavours, with a powerful bitterness dominating throughout. Very sharp with lots of pine. Hardly any malt to balance things out. Somewhat one-dimensional.
Hits the IPA mark in terms of bitterness, but not particularly interesting. Comes off as sharp and abrasive.

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Photo of Kroehny_Loves_Hops
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

Photo of Rwalford74
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of pin
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, slightly burnished amber colour, with fluffy off-white head. Nice uneven sinkage but nice clingy lace left behind. Looks quite lovely, but a bit pale for an IPA.

Smells fairly nice. Fair few hops in there but nothing really aromatic. Slight buttery malt and mild sticky nuttiness from the rye. Yeah, all the characters are check, but it could really use more. Certainly shouldn't be afraid of late-hopping.

Taste is very sticky and nutty. The rye is certainly pronounced here. Sticky with toffeed peanuts, chestnut and oat bran, then hops dominate the finish, really resiny and dank with a large hop oil character. Hint of floral pine and lemon seeps through but an almost ashy, astringent bitterness overall. Could freshen this up a bit and I really wouldn't mind.

Full enough body, quite well-textured. Yeah, not bad.

I feel it's a bit oversaturated here. To compensate for so much early-hopping and rye, the base malt should be amped up a fair bit. I'd also split the hops and add more later on in the process to add more aroma.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.97/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rye IPA, tried on-tap at the Local Taphouse in Darlinghurst.

Pours a very light golden colour, almost straw-coloured in the body—peculiarly light for a beer with a hefty rye addition. Head is a combination of fine film, and large bubbles pocking it. Fine carbonation and whimsical lacing. Looks alright. I certainly thought it would be darker.

Nose is light, but bright. Some sharp citric characters give is a brisk cleanness, but it really lacks potency. No hint of the rye yet, but it's nice enough.

Taste is very nice. Pronounced bitterness, mellowed by a smooth nutty character. Crisp, slightly vegetative quality to the flavours, laced with a bit of spice from the rye. The lemon citrus comes through on the back, giving a clean touch to the finish. Feel is very clear and drinkable.

Very refreshing beer with some interesting characters. The bitterness wells up a bit after a while, you feel unnecessarily, but otherwise a pretty nice (but light) Rye IPA.

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Photo of ADZA
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks to BIF bluebetty for this and pours a hazy golden hue with a creamy two finger head that leaves clingy lacing everywhere,the smell is Fejola,kiwi fruit,pineapple and sweet candy i feel the hops definately outplay the rye but the mouthfeel is nice,full and round with predominant tastes of NZ hops typical goosberries,kiwifruit,fejola mixed with a touch of American piney hops and finished with a spicy bitter citrusness and overall i feel its dominated by the NZ hops way too much and the rye is barely noticeable but another good idea that needs some tweeking cheers.

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Photo of heygeebee
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Murrays @ Manly. From phone notes.

Looks the biz all round - lovely white head sits atop dark gold body.

Aromas mainly hop driven with grapefruit, dry. Explode out of glass, as it wont with on-tap beers more so than bottled.

Taste is hop-dominated but quite dry and bitter. There is malt there but not quite enough. Rye is evident and that is where my problem lies, starting to undersatand I do not really like the taste that the adding of rye brings to beers.

Overall, packs a punch above 5.8 when compared to the higher ABV Murrays ICON, which I had next.

Hence, after a small serve, quite enough thanks.

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3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a tulip

A: Pale hazy golden with a large fluffy white head. Minimal lacing

S: Not as pungent as I would have liked. Firstly I get herbal notes then it changes to pine needles, a little grass and caramel. Maybe a little citrus in there too.

T: Again I get herbal flavours first, then it changes to some grapefruit, then I get a long pine bitterness that becomes quite dry in the finish. This dryness I found to be the most enjoyable part of this beer.

M: Medium thin body with decent carbonation, nothing to blow your socks off.

O: To be honest I was expecting more from this beer. I've enjoyed most of hopdogs other offerings, but sadly this beer didnt wow me. Also I'm no entirely sure why this beer is listed as a rye beer, if you didn't tell me it had rye in the recipe, I would have assumed it was a regular American ipa.

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Photo of danieelol
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of dgilks
3.42/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden colour with moderate sized, creamy white head. Fair head retention.

Sharp, grapefruit aroma with some notes that come across like passionfruit. Some malt in the background. A touch harsh.

Light malt with some fruity passionfruit. Harsh, grainy bitterness that subsides to a chalky coating on the tongue. I don't really get the rye in here either.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Good but for the astringent bitterness going on here.

I really want to like this. The aim here is an IPA of the style that I like to brew but the hopping is harsh and dominates everything with the rye being left somewhere in the background and the bitterness just taking over.

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Horns Up from HopDog BeerWorks
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 13 ratings
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