Thoprock | Boom Island Brewing Company

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Boom Island Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

Style: Belgian IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by jera1350 on 01-12-2012

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 24
Reviews by p-wagz:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

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4.24/5  rDev +14%

Photo of bsp77
4.09/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Tulip.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with towering off-white head and strong lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, orange, and some spiciness. Dry and tart smelling. Maybe some light funk.

Taste: Grapefruit and orange over a toasty malt backbone. Some funk and tartness, likely from the yeast. Spicy on the finish, with lingering tart grapefruit.

Feel: Fairly light bodied for the abv, with ample carbonation. Very, very dry finish. Nice, but just a titch too thin.

Overall: I personally think this is a highly underrated brew. I know it has its followers, but the average seems oddly low for this well made Belgian IPA.

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Photo of NilocRellim
4.03/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle.

The beer poured the epitome of amber. The smell was almost like a honey-hop, unlike a a typical IPA (in your face hops), with a bit of citrus to it. Citrus and hoppy taste with a little sweetness to it. The bitterness that usually comes with IPAs was not really there; there was some bitterness, but very drinkable.

Would I buy it again? Yes. It would be refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +14.2%

Citrusy, resiny hop nose over light biscuit.
Pours hazy gold but clears as it warms. Produces a 1" finely bubbled off-white foam cap that leaves clumpy lace.
Has the texture of a Belgian and rich light fruit and bready malt character that supports a big blast of citrusy, grapefruit rind hops that temper the malt sugars. Malt and grapefruit rind linger long into the aftertaste.
Creamy smooth body with medium heft and above average carbonation.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from corked 750 ml bottle into a Duvel tulip glass. No dating visible.

Appearance: Pours a bright and somewhat cloudy amber orange with lots of bubbles and a huge seven fingers of off white foam head. Good retention and leaves lots of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A pretty vibrant hop forward aroma. Some good hints of citrus grapefruit, oranges, and a pretty noticeable pine resin presence. Some bready caramel malts and toffee. Light hints of spicy Belgian yeast. Smells more like an American IPA than a Belgian one.

Taste: A nice sharp taste of hops. Lots of citrus grapefruit and oranges up front. Also a good kick of spicy piney hops. Good base of biscuity caramel malts with some toffee. Also a subtle bit of spice and funk from the Belgian yeast. A pretty good hoppy taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with a moderate level of carbonation. Chewy, prickly, and somewhat slick. Alcohol is hidden well.

Overall: A pretty good American IPA. The Belgian element is understated, but the hops are very good.

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Photo of sgttibbs
3/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a corked 750 ml bottle into a standard clear pint glass.

Appearance: A slightly hazy orange color with very minimal foam, even after an aggressive pour. Only slight lacing from the minimal foam.

Smell: Sweet and malty with a good balance of hops and a little spice from the yeast. Subtle, but inviting.

Taste: A good malt sweetness up front that is met by a good hops presence in the middle, and a slight spice on the semi-dry finish. This one tastes a little better than the Boom Island Silvius Pale Ale, and has just a tad more carbonation...but not by much.

Mouth Feel: Like the Boom Island Silvius Pale Ale, this one is too flat and needs more carbonation. It's not totally flat like the Silvius, but it's pretty close to flat. This is a shame, because it could be a nice Belgian style IPA if it had that extra carbonation.

Overall: Better than Boom Island's Silvius Pale Ale, but the lack of proper carbonation kills what could be a pretty good beer. As it is, it's OK but nothing I would buy again unless they fix the carbonation issue. Maybe it might be better on tap?

(UPDATE 1/30/2012: After letting my second bottle of Thoprock cellar for a couple more weeks, it had much more carbonation than the previous bottles of Thoprock or Silvius. My only guess is that the bottles were released to market before they were fully conditioned and aged. It was a much better beer with carbonation than the first time around when it was flatter. No bottling date or freshness date on the bottle.)

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Photo of augustgarage
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a caged-and-corked 750mL bottle into my Harriet tulip.

Cloudy, very nearly opaque burnt orange liquid with a champagne (color) finger of dense cream up top. Excellent retention, thick pasty lacing.

Brandy, oxidation, and dark fruit in the nose. Thus far, I'm anticipating a barleywine were this a blind tasting. This does not bode well for the style. Hops are an afterthought.

Dry moderately bitter flavor profile, grapes and a hint of specialty malt...alcohol is not well hidden, though it does seem to contribute esters and body. Some oxidation.

Effervescent, creamy, medium-bodied...

Diverges from any IPA-like off-note or two...yet still interesting - though not for $9+ in the midwest.

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Photo of BigAl18
3.04/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of thagr81us
3.53/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Big thanks goes out to MBrausen for sending me this one for the sole purpose of being able to tick it! Served from bottle into a Samuel Smith imperial pint. Poured a dark yellow-orange with a one finger off-white head that subsided to a half finger slowly. Maintained phenomenal lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, grain, floral, floral hop, subtle pine, and earth. The flavor was of sweet malt, caramel, grain, floral, floral hop, bitter hop, earth, and fruit. It had a medium feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was an okay brew. However, there was really no real sense of balance going on in this one. It just felt one-sided on the floral side if I am completely honest. While still quite drinkable, it just lacked a lot of the depth you get from most of the better IPAs out there. Worth trying if you get the chance, but that’s about it.

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Photo of morimech
3.36/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

A bit of a confusing IPA that is mostly American with the faintest Belgian yeast influence. I expected more of a Belgian IPA from this self-proclaimed Belgian inspired brewery.

Pours a hazy bronze color with a massive head that is slow to settle to a thick cap. Massive amount of lacing is left down the glass.

Aroma is dominated by American hops. A lot of citrus, particularly grapefruit. There is a little bit of medicinal smell lingering in the background.

The flavor was just not that exciting. The hops fail to pop on the palate. The Belgian brewing process fails to either compliment the hops or add enough of its own charactor. The malt adds some sweetness and bready flavor, but is rather pedestrian as well. Bitterness is rather moderate. All the flavors fall off the palate quickly.

The mouthfeel is surprisingly excellant. Superbly bottle conditioned. Smooth texture and softly carbonated. Maybe more carbonation would of helped the flavor, but I find it hard to complain about this sort of feel.

Maybe with some minor tweaking this could be an excellant beer. The brewer needs to make up his mind if he wants this to be an American IPA or a Belgian IPA. Just go full out with a Belgian yeast strain.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gatornation
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from corked 750 ml bottle into pint glass

A- pours a hazy golden peach color with a small white head and a bit of lacing

S- was citrus hops malt yeast all were faint

T-Malts and citrus hops like an IPA a touch of spice and mid funkiness,sweet caramel

M- was thin with low carbonation on the sweet side

O- not enough belgian in this one its allright as an IPA this brew did not wow me it was just allright

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Photo of Justin_Neff
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the "Thoprock Wet" version. A Bottle bought from my favorite place (France 44) while in Minny on business. Poured in to a Surly pint glass I also purchased from France 44 to drink out of while in my hotel room.

A: Aggressively poured with a thick 3-finger head that has good retention and lacing around the glass. Pours a color that could best be described as caramely. Cloudy, as the Belgian-style would suggest. This screams bottle-conditioned.

S: Smells spicy more than anything. The sniffs elude to a "wild" yeast smell. There are definite hints of pine and citrus. Not a ton of hoppiness. The belgian yeast smell dominates overall.

T: The smell leads to the taste for sure. Yeasty, spicy, citrusy, and piney-earthy mostly. The wet hop taste comes throught at the end and its nice. Bready and sweet.

M: Heavy carbonation. Not creamy. Dry. Medium body.

O: If you like "farmhouse" style this is in your wheelhouse. If you dont, hopefully you can appreciate this for what it is. I happen to be somewhere in the middle. I definitely appreciate this, and think its done really well, I just prefer more hops and less yeast. I like that it is somewhat hoppy and not very malty. Probably wouldn't buy again, but would recommend.

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Photo of Boomstick
4.75/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of billhelm
4.5/5  rDev +21%

Photo of ksolekjr
4.43/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Steimie
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of thereal_adam
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of slavall
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Showboat66
5/5  rDev +34.4%

Photo of JackieTH
4.1/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Corked and caged 750 mL bottle. Popped off the was well seated..and poured a nice tea-brown, hazy orangish, with a big 3-finger rocky persistent head that left sheets of lace. I had no troubles with the bottle foaming up or the pour.

Smells lightly bitter, oranges and grapefruits with a definite biscuit malt presence.

Taste is nicely bitter right out of the gates with elements of citrus pith, slight resin, juicy, then with a solid biscuity and even a fruity malt backbone that scrubs away some hop.

Nice flavors of biscuits and fresh fruit with orange citrus zest as garnish. Constant bitterness lets you know it's an IPA, but a fruity presence reminds you that it's a belgian in some ways.

Medium body with tingly carbonation. Nice beer, I enjoyed it.

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Photo of Nat1975
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Thoprock from Boom Island Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.72 out of 5 with 78 ratings