Hop Slinger India Pale Ale | Henniker Brewing Co.

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Hop Slinger India Pale AleHop Slinger India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Henniker Brewing Co.
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
An India Pale Ale - gets its golden copper color from the light caramel malts, which provide a solid backbone to the support all the great hops. This beer presents with an overwhelming citrus aroma that leads into an unmistakable flavor of grapefruit. Hop Slinger leaves you with a nice dry bitterness that pairs well with spicy curries, salty fried foods and ginger based desserts.

Added by puboflyons on 01-19-2013

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Ratings: 155 |  Reviews: 31
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

Great full-throttle American IPA here from the East Coast, a slight rawness adds a distinctive complexity. While the hoppiness is pretty aggressive, the underlying malt backbone shows a lot of balance for the style. Well worth seeking a bottle or two of this one.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 6.5%

LOOK: Clear copper color, lovely frothing

SMELL: Big citric hop, spice, peachy alcohol, green tea, lime leaves, orange ride, faint yeast

TASTE: Ample hop bitterness, warming, slightly pepppery, stone fruit, marmalade, smooth, toasted malt, bread crust, pineapple skin; bitter, drying finish

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. Can. Best before 6/3/18 opened on 2/5/18

Pours out amber and gold in color, lively appearance with an excellent, solid white foam cover, good coverage after receding and funky, detailed lacing.

The aroma is off the charts, the depth of fruity smelling hops is ridiculous. A very pungent, crazy sweet red and tropical fruity hop overwhelms the olfactory system.
Peach, oranges, sweet melon, mango, and floral all pop out of this hop combo.
Sweet edged malt and a bit of alcohol heat as well. The aroma is as deep as any of the more sought-after big ipa's, especially the New England style, but even more of a unique aroma with it's dense sweetness.

The first sip offers a very complex and delicious aray of hop tones. Earthy, dry and leafy to start, tropical juice with pineapple, mango and peaches, a light to medium bodied malty backbone rides in with even more excellent flavor's as the middle offers citrus and wild red berries. A slightly dry heat keeps it interesting with big style. The complexity is high, the drinkabilty is high, it's unique and very interesting all the way around.

I concider this to be one of the most excellent go-to ipa's that I can call local. Certainly one of the very best from my home state of New Hampshire. Highly underrated, or perhaps just overlooked due to the fact you dont have tobwait in a long line for two hours just to hopefully get some. Hype goes a long way. This is high quality stuff here from Henniker.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass this beer was a hazy dark orange color. It had a small white head that left a bit of lace.

Aroma of citrus and caramel malt.

Mostly a grapefruit taste. Some caramel in the background, but it didn't play much of a role.

Very hoppy. Maybe too hoppy/unbalanced. Not certain I will try this again.

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Photo of Timtastic
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of dcbeers
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ChrisL24481
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Mbertrand2
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Pork & Pickles BBQ.
Two pints, though both poured into pint glasses, I get what was going on, here's my observations:
The appearance was a glossy burnt yellow color with a slight transparency about it. Carbonation rose at a moderate pace. Bar pour's kind of slim white foamy head slid off pretty quick to not leave any lace.
The aroma had a nice blend of mango to apricot hop sweetness melding with a light grassy hop contour. Clean caramel malts.
The flavor was somewhat sweet with a mobile smooth sweet semi-hoppy aftertaste and restrained bitterness.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt fine. ABV felt fine. Bitterness harshness seemed barely there.
Overall, really good AIPA that I didn't know Henniker had it them, damn right they do!

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Photo of Drumomatic
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Snellgg5
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Stonehill64
1.75/5  rDev -52.7%

Photo of puboflyons
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 22 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 19, 2013.

I am proud to be the first person to review a beer from this new New Hampshire nano-brewery.

The pour is golden-copper with a full, off-white, foamy head that lingers for quite some time. The clarity is excellent.

The aroma is mostly piney hops with a grapefruit zing tickling my nose. The bready malts are more reserved but can be found lingering in the background.

The body is about medium and typical for the style.

The taste is vibrant and bitter with a quick hint of bready malts followed by an explosion of hops that leave a moderate to bold bitterness lingering on the tail end. If you are an IPA fan with bold hops you will probably like this one. Congrats on the new brewery!

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Photo of liquorpig
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of hockeypuck
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Mike
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of d_brommer_nh
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of ScaryEd
2.6/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, golden-orange color with a decent white head that leaves almost no lacing. The head is gone fairly quickly.

The aroma is far too subtle, with very mild notes of citrus and pine. Hardly any malt to be detected.

The taste is floral and extremely bitter. Not very balanced. Just a bitter, chalky flavor.

The feel is medium bodied with ridiculously high carbonation. Not sure if it was just the bottle I had but it burned my throat with every sip. A bit sticky and resin-y on the back end. Not very pleasant.

Overall, not impressed with this one. It's far too bitter and doesn't offer a whole lot else. Not something I'd pick up again.

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Photo of NHBeerSnob
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Very solid IPA, balanced with good carbonation and quite drinkable. I'm a bit perplexed by some of the low ratings (1 or 2 rating, really??!?), so I'll give it close to a 4 to offset. It's a solid B+ for me, though.

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Photo of Inglewood
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Mmcdonald79
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mountdew1
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a nice dark amber, with a reasonable number of streams of bubbles rising from the bottom. Head was a foamy dirty white that sat nicely, but had no cling. Aroma was citrusy, primarily grapefruit that peaked around the hoppiness. Taste was primarily hoppy, but had a strange finish to it. Something not quite right, but I can't place the taste, almost a sour citrus soap. Felt great. Coated very well, not at all watery, with a nice amount of tingly from the carbonation. Overall a solid beer, but the strange flavor was detracting.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Gold body with a slight haze. I decided not to pour the slug at the bottom in this time. Decent white head, leaves moderate tight lacing/rings on the pint glass.
S - Earthy, spicy hops. Light sweet caramel malt.
T - Nice balance of the hops and malt. Hosp are gentle spicy/bitterness. Seems more like an English style IPA.
M - Medium body, medium carb. Dries the palate.
O - A good IPA. Previous review was from an uknown bottle date bomber. This is from an unknown date can. However I think the cans just started showing up so I assume this is fresher. It's worth a shot.

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Photo of garyloveman
3.74/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Hop Slinger India Pale Ale from Henniker Brewing Co.
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