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Hopston | 8th Wonder Brewery

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Brewed by:
8th Wonder Brewery
Texas, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Houston is a BIG city. And we think it deserves a BIG beer. Most people are familiar with India Pale Ales and West Coast IPAs, but now it's our turn to brand that cattle. And that cattle's name is Hopston. This hoppy brew is approachable and balanced; enjoyable year round and perfectly suited for the hot Texas summer. You're welcome and, yes, you may have another.

88 IBU

Added by champ103 on 03-19-2013

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Photo of Jeffrey-J10
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can dated 07.26.16 poured in Imperial Pint
- Lovely copper color with shades of gold
- Opaque but not cloudy
- Big head, full 3 fingers - breaks down with big bubbles, looks sticky
- Mild aroma (surprised, was anticipating a stronger nose)
- Herbal and a hint of pine
- Bitter on the back end; sticks with you
- toasty, buttery
- smooth, almost creamy
- tasty and pleasant
- back end bitterness not my favorite
- feels like a hybrid...some characteristics that I consider "typical" IPA, but also reminds of an amber or english ale

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Photo of PhilsPils
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Uh-oh... For a boy that went to OU, this beer pours way to near a burnt orange color for me. OK, that was years ago....let's give it a fair shake. Decent balance to the taste, bitter but not over the top. Not enough aroma hops to be outstanding. Even if a fair amount of late/dry hops were used, they would be obscured by all that caramel malt Why? WHY do we have to have all this caramel in our IPAs? And as a side note...if I ever use the term "solid malt backbone" in a beer review, I hope someone slaps me! I get a little buttered popcorn whang as it warms but all in all, not a badly crafted beer...just not quite what I'm looking for in an IPA. Looking forward to trying other beers from this local brewery.

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Photo of h0wdy
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Smell: A pleasing light fruity smell, which seemed to be a lime.
Appearance: Orange color, but the lighting was fairly poor at best.
Taste: Not a very bold one, but I got a hint of hops.

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Photo of Premo88
3.82/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into tight nonic
(3/2/16 born-date printed on bottom rim of can)

L: dark orange/amber ... burnt orange; clear; hard pour renders thick cream head of beige foam, about 1-inch tall and looks sticky up top; keeps a thick collar; some lacing; keeps a 50/50 skin ... pretty beer

S: grapefruit, orange peel, very sweet ... sweet enough to detect bread malt ... green onion ... pine tree, pine tar but still very sweet

T: hop juicy ... grapefruit, orange peel, mango sweet ... some definite malt sweetness, almost bready; bitter at times, in the aftertaste consistently but also it can bite midswallow; malt might be slightly toasted -- the dark color of the beer suggests the possibility, but I can't say for sure; pine, pine needles ... as it warms, the pine seems to replace the grapefruit

F: midweight and some, it's almost thick; carbonation lightens it a little, but this beer has a bit of heft for its ABV

O: solid hoppy IPA with good citrus notes and a detectable malt backbone

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a dark amber red color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both excellent. Has a nice, fresh, piney, citrus aroma. Just what I want an IPA to smell like! Smooth, malty taste. Citrus with a nice piney burst at the end. Mildly astringent. Light to medium bodied with a moderate to high carbonation. Not that best IPA from Houston, but definitely a tasty one in my opinion.

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Photo of HipCzech
3.59/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Serving: 23 oz can (stamped "03/02/15") poured into an IPA glass.

Appearance: Clear, copper gold with lush head of frothy white foam and streaky lace.

Smell: Mild aroma of pine needles, rosemary, grapefruit rind and grains.

Taste: Requisite malty body and grapefruit hops balance well, fall just a but thin.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and carbonation.

Overall: Drinkable and balanced, great for hot Houston weather, but otherwise a bit thin and light.

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Photo of BeerSamurai34
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

8th Wonder has become my favorite Houston brewery. Sadly this is one of their weaker offerings. Nothing special and the hop character just isn't there for me. Not very balanced, but still a solid beer for a hot day.

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Photo of HotDogBikeRide
4.32/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the 8th Wonder Brewery in Houston. Got a great deal, 3 beers and a cool ass glass for $15. Decided to start things strong with a Hopston, poured a pretty translucent golden-tinged copper with almost no head from the tap. Put it up to my mouth straight from the bar, get almost no nose, but the taste is super clean and semi-dry. Very sessionable ale, resin and malt along with a light body. I like it and wish it was available in Beaumont. Very good Texas IPA, up there with any I've had from other brewers. Cheers!

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Photo of Can_has_beer
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

This had a pretty terrible aroma. It was funky and not what I would want in an IPA. The taste was decent, but it still was not on par. I have had a few really great beers by 8th Wonder (Coffee Mocha Alt & Rocket Fuel), but this does not hold up to what one would expect from them.

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Photo of TrimblesteinCarl
4.38/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this brew on tap at Petrol Station (awesome bar) in Houston.

A: Great clarity with an equally nice head. Left behind perfect lacing. More of a traditional English style PA with its reddish amber color.

S: Great citrusy grapefruit aroma, definitely heavy dry hop. Also has a nice maltiness as well, which even for a hop head can be nice at times.

T: Very balanced IPA. Nice malty backbone that finishes bitter. Not so much your traditional West Coast IPA, but again more like an Red Coat IPA. Nice late addition citrusy hops balanced nicely with the dry hop.

MF: Great carbonation, finished smooth with good bitterness. Super drinkable but the bitterness will sneak up on you!

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Photo of Ford
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Nobi Public House in Webster, Texas.

First off, glad to see this new Houston brewery getting their product out.

IPA's aren't my favorite style but I know a good to great one when I have it. This one was very average.

It certainly isn't a Hop bomb... the term many people use for IPA's that overcome your taste buds with hoppiness.

Grapefruit and citrus was there, but not overpowering.

Overall to me it was just average. I'll try it again in a few months and see if anything has changed.

Not bad, but not great yet.

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Photo of champ103
2.59/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Cottonwood, in Houston.

A: Pours a dark and hazy reddish orange color. A two finger off white head forms. After a minute that recedes and leaves some lace behind.
S: At first grapefruit bitterness hits you in the nose. Then diacetyl is very strong in the middle, and continues to build. The late addition hops come in next, and just gives this lingering generic bitterness. No character at all, and the diacetyl sucks.
T: Again, diacetyl which builds and becomes more apparent as this warms. A lingering grapefruitish like bitterness. Kind of chalky and aspirin like as well.
M/D: Very thin with low to moderate carbonation. A watery body, with a chalky and powdery feel. Blah, I got half way through the pint and did not want to finish this.

Sorry, not good IMO. Diacetyl and late nondescript bittering hops does not make a very good beer. I can't say I will be revisiting this anytime soon.

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Hopston from 8th Wonder Brewery
3.46 out of 5 based on 80 ratings.
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