Hophazardly | Begyle Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Begyle Brewing Company
Illinois, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Hophazardly is a citrus-bomb of an IPA featuring large doses of Citra and Simcoe hops.

Added by emerge077 on 03-19-2013

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Reviews: 11 | Ratings: 82
Photo of Beginner2
3.8/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Doing my research ahead of time (I have a meet 'n greet at Begyle later this month), I got this IPA and had it with Indian take-out. It went well enough with that pretty spicy food (IPAs usually do.) In particularly, the citrus hops seem to me to go well with tropical cuisines.
But I saved some ale for the post-spicy food test when the palate was clear, and the hops are a bit too clingy. I may have this again, but only with spicy food.

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Photo of dleigh
3.68/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Okay IPA, but had none of the aromas or tastes other than bitter than can really put a beer over the top for me. In a town like Chicago where the competition is really doing something special, this beer just didn't bring it.

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Photo of porter_collie
4.28/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 22 oz bottle into a pub style glass

A - The body pours a warm gold. The head is fizzy and supported by a cascading carbonation bubbles. Good lacing.

S - Orange, grapefruit, flowers, and slight melon fruitiness.

T - At first, a bit of honey sweetness in the tip of the tongue. Then, a burst of citrus orange and mild tropical fruit flavor as the hops make their presence known. The hops change over the tasting to more of a grapefruit note. The finish is a good balance of dry, sweet, citrus, and bitter.

M - A delightful fizz from the carbonation and a medium, slightly creamy body.

O - A surprisingly great IPA that straddles the border of a DIPA. It's not the most outrageous or memorable hoppy beer, but the balance is outstanding.

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Photo of hreb
3.93/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Batch 50. 22oz bottle served pin an imperial pint glass. Beer pours orange amber in color and slightly hazy. Massive pillowy white head on top emits a comparably epic alpha hop aroma. Very piney. Flavor doesn't disappoint, providing a crucial load of C-hops. Definitely out of balance on the palate but still finishes dry and neutral. I think this pushes itself over the line into Imperial IPA territory. That said, well done, Chicago.

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Photo of dstickelwt
4.98/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Great beer. All of this company's beers are outstanding, so of course this one is no different. Highly recommend for any IPA fan. This suits the category perfectly. Until I had this beer, I had thought that Bell's 2 hearted ale was the best IPA. It's still very good, but this is better.

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Photo of craftbeerbyob
4.43/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got a bomber from batch #40 and loved it. The appearance showed sediment (which I love) and good head. Hophazardly featured a citrus, grapefruit nose with medium bitterness. The taste was great, featuring grapefruit and carmel. Proud that a new Chicago brewery put a legit double IPA!

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Photo of kevanb
3.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

32oz growler poured into a Begyle snifter. Filled on their opening day (1/25/14) and enjoyed that afternoon.

The beer pours a nice amber color, hues of garnet, bronze and orange when hit by the light, nice and clear with a slight chill haze. A soft, fizzy off white head rises about a finger high, lingers well and leaves a good amount of sticky lace behind. The aroma is of big piney bitter hops, resinous, sappy and earthy, a nice amount of tangy citrus comes behind it with some grassy plant aromas too with only some trace amounts of malt on the nose. The flavors are in line with the nose, lots of pine, big and boisterous on the tongue, sappy resinous hop spice, crisp and bitter with some light citrus and grassy flavors, a bit on the danker side come forth as well before a nice malt counterbalance tidies up the finish. The mouthfeel is good, crisp carbonation around the edges, but the beer is juicy and coats the mouth well. The finish is nice, easy and smooth with a punctual dry finish.

Verdict: A solid IPA from Begyle. Lots of earthy pine character, but just enough floral/weediness and citrus to keep things interesting. The balance is nice and makes up for the lack of complexity. I got to sample quite of few of their offerings at their little opening bash and this was easily my favorite. I had no problem putting away a 32oz growler solo over the course of an afternoon/evening and I can't wait to fill this up again with something different.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.31/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

22oz. bottle poured into a snifter. Batch No.9

(A)- Pours a hazy amber color. Produced a nice cap of white froth; solid retention.

(S)- A hefty yet dry piney wood sap aroma. Very big wood notes with some subtle lemon citrus.

(T)- Some nice caramel malt in the background combined with a dry woody pine needle middle. Slightly dank with very subtle lemon citrus.

(M)- A good carbonation level meets an interesting balance of caramel/amber malts and a very dry piney wood component.

(O)- An interesting IPA with one of the woodiest hop characters I have seen.

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Photo of MasterSki
4.32/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up at West Lakeview Liquors. Served in a taster glass at Tom's place.

A - Big white foam settles to a thick collar, leaving behind splotchy lacework. Hazed golden body.

S - Heavy on the marijuana; very dank and earthy, with nice complementary citrus zest, and grapefruit rind. A lightly crackery and bread malt backbone, but this one is all about the hops.

T - The taste is similarly hop-forward, with loads of bright citrus peel, pine, mild dankness, and light crackery and faintly sweet malt backdrop. Moderate bitterness that verges towards palate-bruising, but eases up before it gets there.

M - Medium body, pleasant carbonation, with a dry finish. No discernable alcohol, and lingering mouth-coating hop oils and resins.

D - Quite good. We killed the 22oz bottle quite quickly and I would happily purchased this again. I could probably do a bomber of this one on my own, although I'd still like to see more draft accounts from the third wave of Chicago brewers.

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Photo of inlimbo77
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz, Bottled 4/4/13 (forgot to write down batch #)
5oz mini snifter

A: Pours out a cloudy orange yellow. Nice looking bright white head. Light lacing bits are left on the glass after a swirl.

S: Grapefruit. Citrus. Pine. Really nice smelling beer, and welcomed after drinking tons of big stouts etc.

T: Bittwrness on tip of tongue. Definitely getting that grapefruit and tangerine. Some earthy pine is in there too. The malt bill is light, but helps to balance the beer nicely while still leaving it on the hoppy side.

M: Medium bodied.

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Photo of emerge077
4.3/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

New bottled IPA from Begyle. Batch #9.

Poured into a tulip glass, it's a turgid and murky auburn color like light polished leather. A bunch of intricate spotty lace coats the sides of the glass, and forms a collar at the edges as it settles down. Initial finger or two of head resting on the surface when poured.

Soft green botanical hop aroma, supporting light pale malt sweetness. Moderately pungent, definitely fresh... i'd wager only hours or a day or two bottled.

Light tangerine citrus, bitter grapefruit zest and pith. Lingering citrus hop flavors mid-palate, soft pale malt sweetness that is mild and supports the hop flavors nicely. Zesty citrus with a biscuity hint, and a dry grassy hop bitterness in the finish. Light to medium bodied, not heavy or overly sweet like many IPA's, this one is very drinkable and balanced. Seems pretty classic and not unlike local favorite Daisy Cutter. I'd recommend this and will keep it in my regular rotation.

"Taaa-an-ger-ines..." - Flaming Lips, "She Don't Use Jelly"
(song just came on the radio, too perfect)

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Hophazardly from Begyle Brewing Company
3.98 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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