DOA IPA Hop On Or Die | Los Muertos Brewing

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DOA IPA Hop On Or DieDOA IPA Hop On Or Die

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Los Muertos Brewing

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of cjgator3
2.87/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. The aroma is bready malt and spicy earthy hops. Not a huge fan of the taste, the alcohol gets a little warm in the finish and the lingering hop bitterness is a little on the unpleasant side.

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Photo of Gajo74
3.71/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Had it at Dos Caminos, NYC. Happy to see "Mexican Craft Beer" choices at a Mexican restaurant.
From the bottle it poured a clear light amber with a nice frothy and foamy head and cap that retained well.
Aroma consisted of mostly caramel malts and light citrus. Some light floral aromas. Nothing too complex.
Sweet at first and caramel malt forward. Mid palate, the moderate pine hops add bitterness and flavor. Medium bodied and prickly. Easy to drink.
A simple IPA, nothing earth shattering. Tasty enough and pairs well with Mexican food.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
4.07/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Pours medium hazy gold with lasting white head that leaves rings of lace. Sweet caramel bready aroma. Taste is definitely malt forward, caramel sweetness, grain, some light piney hops come in late for just a touch of bitterness. Tastes more like a hoppy amber. Mouthfeel is slippery n soft, medium fullness. Overall was surprised how much I enjoyed it, though wish it had more hop bite.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.67/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 03/03/16:

Semi-cloudy honey amber with tannish fine-bubbled, frothy, chunky head of good retention. Caramel, raisin, tart, resin, and spice aromas. Extremely toasty, somewhat spicy to the taste, with dried leaf matter, leather, and both metallic and rindy bitterness as the mouth warms and finishes it. Exhibiting also powerful peppercorn notes. Very dry. IBUs seem higher than I’m guessing they actually are. Medium-bodied, fine-bubbled and slightly prickly on its way toward smoother almost nitrous suds.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Los Muertos Brewing - DOA IPA Hop On Or Die. 6.8% ABV. 11.2oz bottle poured into snifter. Best before 05/14/17.

Look: Settles a hazy orange copper, with a finger of white bubbly head from aggressive pour.

Smell: A lot of bitter hops, and sweet malts, backed by some over ripened fruits and yeast.

Feel: Light bodied, with some heavy carbonation.

Taste: Very bitter hops immediately up front, with some over ripened fruit. About midway through, the bitter hops are drowned out by some sweet malts, then back to hops. Has a wheaty/yeasty backbone, leaving a cracker like aftertaste.

Overall: I had this at a bar a few days ago, and noticed that it was made in Mexico, and got some more to review. This isn't actually a very good IPA, with a lot of bitterness and malts. Also, it seems that the two I brought back had some yeast sediment in the bottle, but was well within the BB date. My favorite thing about this, was actually the art on the label.

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Photo of do_ob
3.23/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle into a New Belgium snifter. Hazy yellow on the pour and settles as a cloudy, rustic tangerene color in the glass. About 2 fingers of sticky, white foam on top. Interesting smell, and not in a good way. Rotten, over-ripened mango, unsweetened grapefruit, and mild notes of ground pepper and funky lime. Very malty on the taste, almost cloyingly so given the pairing with sweet fruit. Woof. As it warms, more hops are able to shine through, but this beer is still incredibly malty. Unbalanced on the finish, I get a lot of malt and a lot of hops but there's some buffer that's missing. There's also a strange, bitter funkiness that comprises much of the aftertaste.

Really strange beer. I can't say I really enjoyed it, but it wasn't the worst thing I've ever had. Could be mine was really old, too. There was some yeast sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I was, however, well within the "Best Before 051417" date.

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Photo of Auraan
3.15/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured a deep amber body with two fingers of thick white head. Overall impression of appearance is of an excellent IPA, though appearance is by far the easiest aspect of the style to do well and does not telegraph the other aspects of the beer. Scents of jasmine, dank, vegetal and earthy hops with notes of onion and light notes of caramel and light sulfur. Overall impression of aroma is of a standard mid-range import IPA, similar to Canadian examples I've sampled. Not amazing, but not bad either. A solid, earthy, dank, IPA aroma. Flavor begins hoppy with note one jasmine, spicy hops and earthy, vegetal, onion-like hops. Middle continues these flavors, with notes of caramel malt apparent. Finish is bitter, with a floral, jasmine-like character, caramel malt and a moderate level of bitter hops. Overall impression of flavor is of an alright import IPA. It can't compare to the good U.S. varieties, but it's not bad. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with light carbonation and a sticky feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of a standard IPA, not bad. Overall this is an alright IPA. It lacks quite a bit in aroma and flavor compared to best examples, it's not bad, but there are better examples of the style. Still, compared to most export Mexican beers, this is fantastic.

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Photo of JUSTBEER84
3.59/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one bitter beer. Not the most bitter I've had but definitely bitter. I am a fan of bitter IPA's as long as there is a malt backbone to fill out the body and contrast of the flavor. This beer has a decent malt presence but not quite enough for me to call it great. Don't buy it unless you like it sharp and bitter.

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Photo of pkalix
3.64/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, very bitter funkiness to it.Thin, sticky lace around the level where it was poured. Not terribly bad, but not a preferred IPA for me.Mexico is coming of age!

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Photo of beergoot
2.88/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Deep amber body; thick, frothy white head; sticky, clinging foam and lacing along the glass. Rich malt grain aroma with minimal (if any) hop fragrance; caramel. Heavy, cloyingly sweet caramel malt flavors; metallic hop bitterness breaks through and lingers at the finish. Medium bodied; heavy on residual sugars.

The beer hits heavy with the malt sweetness, has a fair amount of bitterness, yet lacks any redeeming hop aroma. Also, the malt grain is very one-dimensional with the caramel character. Unbalanced and lacks depth and complexity, but looks awesome. Passable but wouldn't be my first choice for an English IPA or American India Pale Ale styling.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear amber producing 2+ fingers of frothy, moderately lasting, beige head that leaves sheets of webby lace. Aroma is thin caramel malt, floral & pineapple with a hint of tangerine & peach in the background. Taste is caramel malt & candied apple & a thin fruity mix of tropical fruit, peach, & some pine resin in the finish which becomes prominent in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, slick & slightly prickly.

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Photo of HerdNo1
1.5/5  rDev -52.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1.5

I rarely dump a beer as even the typical American Adjunct Lager has the redeeming quality of being flavorless. This doesn't even rise (fall?) to that level. There is basically no smell at all. None. Then, on the palate, there is an assault of bitterness. Imagine the lightest pale ale you have ever had. Toss a ton of hops in at the beginning of the boil so that all of the aromatics are boiled off and all you are left with is bitterness. You'll have this beer. No balance at all. Just bitter.

A good IPA showcases the floral nature of the hops and may be tongue slappingly bitter but it balances that bitterness with a strong malt backbone. A bad IPA is just bitter.

I dumped this horrid mess of a beer after two sips.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.48/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Nice artwork. Murky orange-brown body, cream-colored dense pillowy head with serious staying power, although not much lace.

S: Not much. Floral, citrus, and pine hops, almost beaten out by the roasted malts.

T: Good! Grapefruit and orange, then pine, bitterness is moderate and uniform. Malt intensity varies on each sip; on some I get lots of chocolate and toasted bread, others it's just some faint barley. The changes are welcomed, but on the more powerful malty sips it can interfere with the hops. Dry, ok finish.

F: Great body, no astringency. The foamy head eludes my lips.

O: Very good IPA, and for once a Hop-pun in the name that I don't mind. The hops flavors can be a bit bland, but it has plenty of bitterness and comes out as a well balanced beer.

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Photo of mallthus
4.3/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The packaging says "Something for the gringos" and really gives you pause. Not saying it's not professional, but it gives you pause. Twist off the top (yeah) and you get a big whiff of flowers. Not too shabby.

Then you pour. Quite cloudy, this one, and the head goes crazy. That flowery aroma is predominate. The taste has a lot of flowers, citrus, and grass.

Overall, this is solid. I liked it. Nothing about this beer, save the packaging, says Mexico, for what that's worth.

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Photo of LittleDog
4.02/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Remarkably good considering:
Marketed here as a Halloween gag.
I've had it sitting at room temperature for two months.
12 pack for 9.99 well worth it.

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2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

I wanted to like this one. I like the label. The idea of a Mexican ipa is great. But it's just not what I'd hoped. Metallic and bitter, but no hop pleasantries. Just kinda "meh"

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%

No no no....this cannot be an APA....this is a MPA. Yes Mexican PA. The taste is very malty not much bitterness of things people luv or west coasters. The beer poured clear copper with nice creamy head that is leaving a lace. Unfortunately this beer misses the mark on taste and scent. I won't be making a trip to the beer store for this one anytime soon.

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Photo of FLima
3.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Amber color with a thick head with short retention and leaving some scattered laces.
It doesn't smell much like an IPA. Sweet predominant biscuit and caramel malty notes and some papaya.
Interesting flavor, though. Bold herbal hoppy juicy notes, lots of menthol, lemon, spices and peaches. Dry and bitter aftertaste.
Medium to full body with low carbonation. Alcohol of 6.8% is well disguised.
Leafy IPA with a malty body. OG should have been a bit too high for an IPA. Good marketing, though.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3/5  rDev -5.4%

A - Drank in the bottle, so color was not visible, but there was a distinct head within the bottle, lacing as well.

S - Pretty sharp dank nose, with a hint of pine and citrus.

T - A harsh bitter bash, with almost none of the standard hop highlights, no fruit. The malt is there, but is weak and not up to the task of balancing this out. There is an unpleasant metallic bite in the close, as well. Largely a one note experience.

M - Sharp with carbonation, heavy drying, but not oily build.

O - Not a particularly good or tasty IPA. Lacks any balance or even finesse, offering few of the rewards a typical IPA delivers to pair with the sharp bitter line. Not horrible, just not good.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%

Appearance: Copper. Lingering frothy head.
Smell: Pine, floral, and grapefruit.
Taste: Sweet malt, pine, pepper, and bitter rind (of some type of citrus).

Well, this is a first for me. A Mexican IPA. I was pretty nervous. However, it was truly not bad. It's sweet at first, and then wow, a very sudsy bitter takes total control...and the bitterness lingers. I wouldn't get it again, but I am happy that this is coming out of Mexico. I'm hopeful for a change in the current sad state of beer affairs there.

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Photo of snaotheus
3.07/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3


11.2oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Best Before 082115AFL 07:18. I wonder how far out they "best by" their bottles.

Pours nearly clear golden with a slight bronze tinge, pretty good sized head which slowly relaxes into a creamy, unevenly sloped mound. Lots of carbonation. Smell is mild, a little boring. Not much to speak of here...slightly grassy, slightly hoppy, slightly straw.

Taste is too sweet -- syrupy, strange lemon grass/menthol twist, slow, medium-bitter pine finish.

Mouthfeel is thick and sticky yet effervescent. Overall, not great. Not terrible, either. But also wouldn't want to buy a pack. Glad I bought a single only.

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Photo of hophugger
2.62/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours a semi-cloudy orange-amber. Decent head and ok lacing. aroma is slightly hoppy with a good amount of citrus. Taste is very slick, and unfortunately tastes a little off and metallic, sad!!!!Taste goes away fast and hardly any aftertaste. Did it have to be somewhere fast??. Ok, beer is not what I wanted, oh well !!

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

No label information. DOA IPA: Hop On or Die is brewed in the style of an American IPA. Available year round in 12 oz. 6 packs and on draft.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 52 degrees Fahrenheit.

Pours a creamy frothed head of a toasted white complexion over a caramel amber body with a moderate haziness and ample carbonation. Retention is very good and lacing is streaked and patchy. The aroma consists of very fruity, soapy and herbal hop blends over a simple bready malt body with a touch of caramel syrup sweetness. The hops are fairly balanced in the aroma, moderately aromatic with a perceivable low bitterness. The flavor preserves many of the impressions of the aroma, with a moderate fruity, herbal, sudsy and slightly spicy hop flavor up front atop a lightly toasted caramel and pale malt blend with a modest hoppy bitterness on the end that drags out the otherwise clean, brief finish. The texture of this beer is slick, lightly chewy and faintly dry, with a carbonation that generates a soft crispness, the drinker should expect a light and reserved frothy mouthfeel. The body of this beer is shy of medium for the style, medium overall. Balance is very slightly bitter over sweet, although neither come off as profound. The alcohol presence is light and off characters are simple. Hop on Or Die comes off as a lighthearted and sessionable IPA with a nice fruity and sudsy hop profile generating a fairly mellow bitterness compared to the standard of the style. This may very well be one of the finest IPAs, if not one of the only IPAs that you can get out of Mexico anytime soon, but held up against the many fine examples of American IPAs that are widely available from state to state, many are going to find this beer too simple to fill the IPA void in their lives. On a positive note, it has high drinkability and accessibility written all over it, so I'm thinking this may be a great gateway IPA for those crossing over from Mexico's imported macro ales and lagers to sample what the craft beer market has to offer.

Los Muertos Brewing's
DOA IPA: Hop On Or Die

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Photo of schoolboy
3.9/5  rDev +23%

OMG, a MIPA! This is easily the best MIPA I've had (I'm pretty sure it is the only). I grabbed it at Saveon because it was new to me and it had a cool label. I had no idea of the country of origin. I want to thank the brewers and encourage their countrymen to expand their adventures into craft beers. I've been to parts of Mexico 4 times and drinking is always an important part of the vacation, and Mexican beers have never been a highlight.

This one looks, smells and tastes like it could havebeen made (slightly) north of the border. It's darkish yellow with a little fizz. It has a hoppy, water aroma. The taste is a big bitter bomb with some nice malts shining through. The aftertaste is a bitter lingering.

I think it works well, and considering that very little good beer is made in Mexico, central America or the Carribean, this is a major step in the right direction. Muchas Gracias!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +26.2%

Cerveceria Mexicana "DOA IPA"
330 ml / 11.2 oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST BEFORE 021015AFL 08:49"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

First thoughts: So this is a Mexican beer... hecho in Mexico!... do they sell this there or is this just a contract brew that's then exported to the U.S.? Secondly, how did this label get approved? I thought that "India Pale Ale" had to be spelled out nowadays? Maybe I'm just thinking of Pennsylvania, and not Federal label rulings. Also, pretty cool label and packaging overall - I cannot deny that I was drawn in by the artwork, but at least the beer is good so I don't have to feel bad about getting suckered.

Moving forward, this is a very American-style IPA that's bright,hoppy, and bitter. It looks good, it smells good, and it tastes good - no faults there. It's floral, citrusy, leafy, resinous, subtly piney, and somewhat grassy and spicy. The malt is firm, and biscuity/toasty. It's got a solid bitterness that's around 60 IBU's or more, and it's nicely balanced. There are certainly better examples of the style, but this is enjoyable as well.

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DOA IPA Hop On Or Die from Los Muertos Brewing
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