Hop Slinger India Pale Ale | Henniker Brewing Co.

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Hop Slinger India Pale AleHop Slinger India Pale Ale
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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: 146 |  Reviews: 27
Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of jlindros
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
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 +14.7%
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 nickfl
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of atrocity
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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 johnnnniee
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.99/5  rDev +8.4%
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 GarthDanielson
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Davepoolesque
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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 mrn1ceguy
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of puboflyons
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
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 Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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 beertunes
3.37/5  rDev -8.4%
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 costanzo_mike
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of Dizzy242
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brad007
3.44/5  rDev -6.5%
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 Sound_Explorer
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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 andrenaline
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeff1973
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rderedin
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Hootie159
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

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Hop Slinger India Pale Ale from Henniker Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 146 ratings
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