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DOA IPA Hop On Or Die | Los Muertos Brewing

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Brewed by:
Los Muertos Brewing
Mexico | website

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by chinchill on 09-03-2013

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45
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232
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
43.22%
 
 
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Photo of Beaver13
1.34/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle. Pours slightly hazy golden orange with a big creamy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet butterscotch malts and maybe a little grassy hop.

The flavor is sweet butterscotch with bitter metallic hops and maybe a little fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation and a bit watery.

Overall, a butterscotch metallic mess. The worst IPA I've ever had. I did finish it, so it wasn't so vile that I dumped it...I guess it has that going for it.

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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 ChipMurray
1.63/5  rDev -48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

To say this beer is simply bad is an insult to the word bad. This is awful, run, don't walk from this sad excuse for an IPA.

A - It looks like an IPA in a dishwatery sort of way.
S - Smells of gasoline and grass cuttings.
T - Still trying to forget the unpleasant mess. What did they do to this, and why would you put a label on it and sell it for, hatred of Gringos? 'The Dead' indeed!
M - Thin, unpleasant.

O - You don't want this one, drink a Miller Lite if you have to...

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Photo of woodychandler
2.44/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I may be beating this point to death, but I am totally enamored of the label art on the bottles from this brewery! I would love to see these graphics on CANs, but for the meantime, I have to be satiated with bottles.

From the bottle: "Day of the Dead Beer[/]Cerveza De Los Muertos".

It escapes me as to why, if one is already dead, one would wear a helmet and goggles. Still, I dig the dude's sled with its scoop handlebars and flaming tank. I wonder if he and the Blonde who Rides a Pale Horse ever get together to go riding.

Enough flummery! My aggro pour produced three fingers of dense, rocky, French Vanilla-colored head with decent retention that in turn produced some great sticky lacing on its way down. Color was a hazy golden-yellow (SRM = 7). Nose had the saturated, sticky smell of an overhopped AIPA. I get that many of us like hops, but not all beers are designed for a heavy hand when it comes to hopping. This smelled like a bag of dank - green, leafy, sticky, slightly minty. Mouthfeel was medium but the bitterness on the tongue was imbalanced. I was reminded of when I used to impress people by letting a dry hop pellet dissolve on my tongue until I realized that just like smoking stogies, I was killing my palate and stopped doing stupid human tricks. Finish was dry and bitter, too bitter even for a self-avowed hophead such as myself. I am not going to hop on because I would probably rather die. Ugh. The recipe for this one needs to be revisited.

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Photo of delta490
2.61/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured a medium dark orange/gold with a creamy off-white head. The head has great retention and leaves some nice lacing. There is almost no aroma but what is there is very citrusy, almost orange zest. The taste is just bad. There is an odd malt flavor and a very bitter off-putting flavor, presumably from the hops. It lingers on the palate for a long time after the taste. There is little reminiscent of an IPA in the mouthfeel, either, thin and lacking in the hops resinous. This is just not a good beer.

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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 SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
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 TheManiacalOne
2.84/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a large foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized (almost burnt) malts, fruity citrus and some earthy hops, but is somewhat odd for the style.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of citrus and caramel. Then a weak hops bitterness for the style comes in. The malt character is hearty but does not bring much balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, decent kick, not the best representation of style, in a style with so many better alternatives to put out and IPA this poor to me seems like a lackluster effort.

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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 TMoney2591
2.97/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Served in a tumbler.

Never thought I'd be excited to finally find a single of this, but the completionist in me sometimes takes too much control for my liking. Regardless, this stuff pours a clear tawny amber topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises sweet caramel, light menthol, pine resin, and a twinge of green tea. The taste brings in more of the same, the sweetness in the caramel accentuating the resin and menthol characters. Unfortunately, this seemingly synergistic combination just ends up wreaking havoc with my tastebuds, nothing much good coming from the experience. The body is a light-leaning medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly syrupy feel. Overall, this IPA just didn't do it for me, especially with that damn menthol character.

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Photo of Tobes181
2.98/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy golden amber almost orange, with a 1/2 inch thick white foamy head.

Smell - Slight hoppy aroma with hints of citrus and pine.

Taste - Very smooth, with slight bitterness. Well balanced hop selection. Malt heavy on the finish with hints of pine and citrus, same as aroma.

Mouthfeel - Easy light mouthfeel, wet on the palate at first with a semi dry finish.

Overall - This is an ok IPA. I would drink again.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy golden color with plenty of carbonation floating up to the top. The head is about one finger thick, white and very fluffy surrounded by thick ring of lacing.
The aroma is light, citrusy and fruity but lacking the hop smell that I’ve come to expect from IPAs.
The taste is a bit different, good but very zesty at first then the bitterness kicks in, mild grapefruit zest fills the taste throughout your drinking experience. The aftertaste good, slightly bitter with a good hops presence and a mild alcohol taste.
Overall not a bad IPA.

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

2014-10-08

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 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 StoutHunter
3.16/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I picked up a bottle of Los Muertos Brewing's DOA IPA a few days ago for $2.79 at The Bavarian Inn. I needed one more beer for my mix six pack and I thought I would take a chance on this one since their Pale Ale was solid, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks pretty good, it's in the same style as their other beesr and it's pretty eye catching. It poured a nice orange color that took on some ruby hues when held to the light with two and half fingers worth of creamy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left it a good amount of patchy lacing behind. This is a very nice looking beer, I have no complaints at all.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the malts being the first to show up and they impart a impart a grainy, pale malt, slightly stale malt, and some bready aromas. Up next comes the hops which starts off with a nice fruity aroma that leads to an earthy aroma with some soapy hop aromas showing up. This beer had a decent aroma, but I think it would be better without the soapy hops and slightly stale malts.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with the malts being the first to show up and they impart all those aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are lighter and it seems like the grainy and stale malt flavors seem to stick out the most. Up next comes the hops which impart that same hoppy mixture that I got in the aroma, but this time it's the soapy and earthy hops that seem to stick out the most with a decent citrus rind flavor in the background. On the finish there's a higher amount of medium bitterness that lingers just a little with a hoppy, grainy and stale malt like aftertaste. This was an Ok tasting beer, I found it to be pretty average as far as IPA's go.

M- A little smooth, a little crisp, fairly dry on the finish, on the slightly thicker side of medium bodied with a medium amount of medium carbonation. The Mouthfeel was decent, it would be better if it was a little smoother.

Overall I thought this beer was Ok at best and I thought it was a very average example of the style, the malt base wasn't too interesting and little stale, and while the hop profile wasn't horrible those soapy hops didn't do anything to help this beer. This beer had ok drinkability, it was a little smooth, a little crisp, fairly dry, a little filling, and the taste didn't do a great job at holding my attention, one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another one. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a very nice looking IPA. What I liked the least about this beer was the taste, it just seemed like both the malts and the hops fell flat and that really didn't deliver that brightness that I look for in the style. I wouldn't buy this beer again and I'm a little pissed i paid almost $3 for this bottle, but I expected that since that store always over charges. I wouldn't recommend it as a good IPA. All in all I wasn't a big fan of this beer, I thought their Pale Ale was nice, but this one just didn't deliver and it's now my least favorite beer from them. Better luck next time guys, this one could use some work.

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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 jbraico
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Slight amber color with a little head when pout. Very clear as well. Slight smell of hop. Taste of hop was obvious, but not over powering? Not as bitter as some other IPAs going down. Overall a decent beer, but not one that I would hunt for. Although the Day of the Dead company name is as cool.as it gets.

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Photo of da_beers
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed this as a single At the local brew shop. Visually appealing for sure.

A- label art is badass. Dia de Muerte theme all over it. Poured a clear orangish/strawish color with a good two and a half fingers of chunky white head. Good amount of carbonation coming up.

S- malt forward on the nose. Has a strange sticky / sweet smell to it. Some citrus, mostly grapefruit I get. Not huge on the hop presence, but it is there at the end.

T- starts out with bready malts quickly followed by sme earthiness and hops. Has a unique profile as it rolls across the palate (uniques not always synonymous with good). Citrus is hidden in there in the middle, but really the malts at the beginning and bitter hops at end take this one over.

M- medium body, perfect carbonation level. Very drinkable.

O- not blown away, not disappointed. It's an average IPA I'd say. I think it has potential, it's not just a hop bomb like a lot of them are.

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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 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
3.25/5.00

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Photo of peensteen
3.26/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Hazy golden orange colour, one finger white head, fairly dense and rocky, good lace. Smell is of sweet honey malts, buttered bread and bitter hops, hops are a mix of muddy citrus notes with some pine, more of a generic citrus than any specific fruit though. Taste is bitter and citrusy, grapefruit comes out though a bit muddy, sweet malts mid palate, caramel into the aftertaste, bit of an odd sulfur/yeasty/caramel in the finish as well. Dry mouthfeel, low carbonation, moderate resiny feel, medium body. While not stellar this isn't too bad, to me it comes off as a scandanavian type of IPA, if you told me this was made by Mikkeller I probably wouldn't question it.

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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 DoubleJ
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Even the Mexicans are making their own hop puns. We shall see if the beer measures up north of the border. From a 330ml twist-off, on to the beer:

Toasted orange colored, topped with a half-inch of head, leaving a few splashes of lacing around. The aroma is not far off the mark for the high standard set by American IPA's, as the aroma is fruity sweet with tropical notes, mango, and overall pleasant. Taste...a light amount of malt is tasted, with just a little tropical note. An echo of cantaloupe, much more resin, vague hop petals. It tastes like an IPA with a muzzle; you can tell it's an IPA, but some of its flavor has been contained. It feels light per style, and enjoys a somewhat crisp feel.

Hop On or Die is a solid hop pun, but a mediocre IPA. Still, it's a better representation of good Mexican beer than Corona.

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DOA IPA Hop On Or Die from Los Muertos Brewing
75 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.
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