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): 6.50%

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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Photo of beertunes
3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to smanson56 for this one from the LIF box. 12oz can poured into 10oz goblet. Printed on bottom of can "This what it sounds like when hops cry", best by date of Sept 22-16. Poured a cloudy orange-yellow color with 1/4 inch of just off-white head with good retention and low lacing.

The aroma had a very low malt presence, with some bright hops on top. Across the palate, the grains showed up a bit better, and citrus, pine, and light floral hops popped up.

The body was a fairly typical medium. Drinkability was good, smooth with a dry finish. Overall, a solid brew, pretty typical for the style. Certainly worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of musicsherlock
3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

7% (differing from BA listing)
70 IBU

Notes on bottom of can: Wicked Fresh until Jul-02-16
Reviewed 2/24/26

Pours a clear golden with a small bright white head that dissipates quickly. Some soapy lacing.

Feint smell, slightly fruity and piney. Not enough aromatics.

Wicked bitter (and I'm not even from New England). Very little malt backbone, unbalanced. Taste improves deeper into the glass but only a bit.

Mouthfeel is good, well carbonated and a bit sticky from the hops.

Underwhelming. Many, many better choices out there, even locally in NH.

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Photo of crotharagain
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This is a good, solid IPA. Pours a nice cloudy orange but very little foam due to the lower than expected carbonation. Smell is average, hints of grapefruit and pine. Taste is the highest attribute. If only it had more carbonation, feel rating would have been higher and edged up my rating. Still, a decent IPA.

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.6/5  rDev -27%
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 Davepoolesque
3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Middle of the road IPA. Big, bready, doughy malt backbone. Muted hop flavors of citrus, pine and tropical fruits. Smell was decent. Inoffensive, decent offering.

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Photo of kculrich
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A cold 22 oz. bottle into a nonic - dark orange or light coppery, nearly opaque, and a nice foamy tan head which subsides into thick lacing. Aroma Is fruity, not citrusy, maybe pineapple, and caramel. Taste: oh, my! much nicer than what I was expecting based on previous reviews! There's a solid sweet malty spine fleshed out with some really interesting hops. Very nicely balanced. Feel: nearly perfect! I wouldn't call this 'dry,' it's slightly on the sweeter side, NOT overly-carbonated like so many IPA's seem to be. This would be excellent served with anything off the grill. You know, I wasn't planning on finishing this bottle at one sitting but I do believe that perhaps the kids can get themselves to bed tonight.

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Photo of fulcrumbs
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

If you are staring at a shelf and you see Hop Slinger and D.H. next to each other... totally go for the D.H. This is good... but didn't have that wow factor. Totally worth a try to knock it off the list... but probably won't buy again... but that doesn't say I won't drink it...!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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 Jsfox
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this IPA about a year ago and it was just OK. The folks at Henniker have changed up the formula a bit and it is now, in my opinion, a very fine IPA worthy of another try by the folks not happy the last time they tried it.

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good starting head and then it settles to a thin layer of bubbles. Some spots and patches of blankets for lace. Cloudy, gold color.

Classic American IPA--round, pale ale base with a bit of spiciness from a floral hop.

The taste is like the smell, but with a much stronger sharp hop bitterness--very peppery. Straight up bitter in the swallow and aftertaste. The body is thin; the carbonation neutral.

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Photo of jlindros
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Neat new brewery I recently found a bunch of beers for. They were cheap enough to give most of them a try. There is a strange date like code on here, it says 07.717, so not sure what that code means.

Pours a decent quickly rising 1.5 finger fizzy head that fades back fairly quickly, spots of soapy lacing, crystal clear filtered looking honey golden orange color.

Nose brings mild everything, some light dank fruits, not really citrus, a grape like thing, little generic stone fruit perhaps, hard to really nail down the hops, and some crystal malts, little caramel sweet note, bit malty. Nothing special going on fairly bland.

Taste brings more of the same blandness, a little grassy floral hop note, faint generic fruit, maybe a touch of stone fruit, light overall bitterness, with mostly grassy hops. Malts are in the background, a little crystal malty like flavor, grainy malt note, mild sweetness, and a touch of a yeasty flavor in there despite the lack of yeast in the bottle. Finish is drier but sticky somehow, feels like a hint of booze coming through but it's only 6.5%, a little more grassy slight spicy like hop note.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, bit fuller than I expected, but also over carbonated a bit.

Overall meh, not a very well executed IPA, plenty of flaws, nothing horribly wrong, but nothing really going on with this one either.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.22/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On-tap 8/17/2014 at Battleship Brewhouse in Fall River, MA, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruity citrus, floral hops and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out with some fruity citrus and caramel sweetness. Then a strong but not over-powering hops presence comes in. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

O: Very tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a very solid IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of donkeyrunner
3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found this in the back of a general store in North Conway NH. Never heard of Henniker Brewing or Henniker NH before but according to their website that's pretty common and the way they like it.

Dark orangey gold color with a slushy, thick head. Very sticky.

Smells like grapefruit and caramel. Sharp pine when I opened the bottle softens in my glass.

Tastes like grapefruit and plenty of sweet caramel malt. Big bitter isn't enough to combat the overpowering caramel malts.

Eh. Makes me think of a bigger SA Lattitude 48.

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Photo of Brad007
3.44/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very nice golden hue with a decent head into my glass. Not as pale as expected but acceptable.

That big 'ol pine bite denotes this as an east coast IPA. Other than that, it has a decent malt backbone.

Very crisp. Big lingering pine in the mouth, leaving little room for malt to shine through.

The mouthfeel is basically the same. Just lots of lingering flavor. Nothing to really set it apart though.

A decent IPA that would taste excellent on tap.

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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 JAFoley
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Golden amber and a very even cloudiness, not an any way particulate. Decent head and some nice lacing.

S - Subtle with lemon

T - Malts add a bready smoothness under the lemon and pine hops which dominate. The after taste left behind a lot of heat and bitters. As the name would suggest, this is a hop forward beer. I've had other beers with higher IBUs that taste less hoppy than this.

M - Medium body and resinous. Maybe a little under carbonated.

O - I like this beer. Hoppy and crisp and with an ABV that leaves room for another drink. Glad to see good beer being brewed in my home state.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a five finger khaki head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Almost clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Light pine hop nose, flavor is a pine hops with some caramel. Light lingering bitter aftertaste. $6.99 for a 22oz bottle from Market Basket Concord. NH.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.51/5  rDev -1.4%
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 mountdew1
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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 603beerlovah
4.13/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Great copper color

S: I loved the nose on this beer not all IPA's have what Hop Slinger does

T: Good hop taste. Not too bitter not too weak right in the middle on that.

M: Well carbonated for a beer from a new brewery that tends to be rare.

O: I liked I would say it is a top 3 NH brewed IPA. Well done Henniker!

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Photo of privateguy603
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Beer pours as amber with no transparency. Small head. Fruity nose. Mouthfeel is pleasent with a somewhat chalky feel. Taste initially is hop bonb but resolves into a resiny, very bitter finish, with a butttered popcorn after taste. To bad, as a bit more balance would make for a really nice beer.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bomber into a tumbler pint, the beer is a slightly hazy, copper coloring with a steady flow of carbonation. Firm, off-white, clingy head that settles in for the long haul. Aromas of resiny and grassy hops, with a cedar highlight and ribbons of tropical fruit. Flavors of tropical fruit tart and sweet with a caramel backbone. Hops presence is more subtle than on the nose, but builds towards the end of the palate. Building is a grapefruit tart profile, with pine and cedar characters and a bitter mouthfeel. Tangy and bitter aftertaste, with a resiny feel. Slick, slightly drying and bitter finish. Good balance.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep golden color with a huge tan head that shows great retention and lace. The aroma is really nice, lots of citrus, pine, and resin with a distant but present bread and caramel malt backbone. The flavor is resinous and pine in spades with a hint of astringency. Light bready caramel comes in to try to provide some balance. Moderate hop bitterness with a subtle chalky note. Medium to thin body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick resinous mouthfeel. Decent IPA, smells really good, tastes ok, could use a bit more body and less astringency, but quaffable just the same.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
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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Hop Slinger India Pale Ale from Henniker Brewing Co.
3.56 out of 5 based on 138 ratings.
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