Hop Hwy IPA | Belching Beaver Brewery

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Hop Hwy IPAHop Hwy IPA

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Belching Beaver Brewery
California, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 03-05-2013

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Ratings: 191 |  Reviews: 25
Photo of DefenCorps
2.21/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Canned 10 March 2016.

A clear light orange with a dense, white head with good retention and nice lacing, this looks solid. The nose is a muddled mess, a blend of grapefruit, pine and a noticeable chalky sweetness, not unlike a Calcium supplement. Moderately sweet with some caramel present. The palate is rather awful. thin, sweet, medicinal, mildly bitter, stale hops... blech! And i thought i'd had a rough night @ Great Notion. This beer is _terrible_. Way too watery, not bitter enough, the aspirin note is cringe-worthy and the hop character is disappointing. Drainpour.

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Photo of PASTOR_at_DAChurch_of_IPA
2.26/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A decent IPA, however this brew reeks of chocolate and caramel malts. Perhaps of decent gravity, this brew is largely stale, heavy, and unremarkable. This brew is a balanced ale, and maybe reliable, but nothing special.

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Photo of Sammy
3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of snohojimbo
3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jamesjmacdonald
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of bimada
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of Charles_Moran
3.24/5  rDev -15.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Moderately hazed light orange color. Two fingers of pillowy off-white head. Retention is very good and lots of lacing is left.

3.25 S: Surprisingly herbal with wildflowers and lemongrass. Smells almost like a saison. Dry citrus and peach underneath. Bready yeastiness and hints of caramel.

3.25 T: Tastes like it smells. Big herbal per above. Lots of peach, some lemon, hints of papaya. Again bready yeast and a like caramel maltiness.

3.25 M: Medium body. Chewy yeastiness. Mildly creamy and reasonably smooth.

3.0 D: I'm not a huge fan of herbal IPAs. It's okay, just not my preference.

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of mactrail
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with a nice foamy cap in the Peroni lager glass. One of the least orange-tinted IPAs I've seen from California. Brewer notes that hops are primarily Galaxy, Falconer’s Flight, and Southern Cross. Plenty bitter with some twiggy and resiny taste.

A variety of fruity enliven the massive hop onslaught. Some pineapple and mango, but overwhelmed by the grapefruit. Very pithy. The malt is so pale and ghostly, but there is some toasty flavor followed by the alcohol sensation.

Yet another sharp and acidic West Coast IPA. Perfectly drinkable but a very thin body and a real throat scratcher. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at the North Park Tasting Room.

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Photo of Totalpackage411
3.3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Disappointed in this one, feels extremely light for a 7.3% IPA. Not a whole lot of flavor either, I've liked all the other belching beaver beers I've tried, this one by far the worst.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle - FW Imperial nonic glass
Notes taken on 01/24/14

A: Mostly clear caramel color amber body. Super dense and thick khaki suds form over. Nearly three fingers worth and stubborn as all get out. Sticky lacing just blankets the sides of the glass upon each sip.

S: The nose is encumbered by a honey sweet malt aroma. There is some soft tropical florals underneath all the sweetness. Mostly malt filled however. A bit of a letdown in the aroma.

T: Leads with a honey graham cracker malt sweetness followed by a light hop bitterness. Earthy and floral with some tropical fruits mixed in. Touch of passion fruit there but you really have to be searching for it. Lightly noticeable alcohol. Honey malt sweetness abounds. Not sure what’s going on here. Comes across more like a hoppy Blonde ale.

M: Moderate heaviness from the filling malts. A light drying effort and some residual bitterness bring this a touch on the lighter side however.

D: Way to malt forward to be a West Coast Style IPA of my liking. Has a very pronounced honey like sweetness. Really drowns out the delicacies of the Galaxy and Nelson hops used.

More like a dishonor to all North County brewers here. Not a repeat for me.

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3.36/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pour: got a hazy golden color brew with a nice fluffy cream head. I really love that style of foam good stuff.

Smell: Not much of a aroma to it (i really don't smell nothing at all to be honest). Could just be me I'm not sure. Any who..

Taste: this brew is all about the taste took the first taste and i got a decent hoppy bite with a lot of grain to balance it out. As i kept drinking i picked up a different hop flavor, then i picked up a lot of citrus and a greenery spice this beer takes your taste buds a couple places.

Overall: At first i thought this beer was a hoppy version of bud light and was not impressed, it was to mellow and had that lager taste, but after all these brews i reviewed i know never to judge a brew by the first drink. The head retention is all the way down the glass which is another A+ in my book. Sooo cheers!!!

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Photo of Rick778
3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GlenL
3.39/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nmann08
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutSnob40
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of anon
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jams1220
3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of SoCalBeerIdiot
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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Hop Hwy IPA from Belching Beaver Brewery
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 191 ratings