Big Hoppa | Martin House Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Martin House Brewing Company
Texas, United States
martinhousebrewing.com

Style: American Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.99%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Big Hoppa is a hop lover’s dream. And a malt lover’s dream. Maybe it’s just a dream. This big, boozy Triple IPA clocks in at 12% ABV and 93 IBUs. Massive additions of Columbus, Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Equinox, and Falconer’s Flight hops pair with two row and Munich malts to create this beautiful TIPA.

Added by jhartley on 07-04-2016

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#8,936
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
40
pDev:
12.19%
 
 
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Ratings: 40 |  Reviews: 8
Reviews by Stevotex:
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4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

More User Reviews:
Photo of En29356
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JamesStreet
4.34/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.28/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz can, Bruery tulip, canned 7/10/17.

Dark pure orange beer with a nice large head. Sticky lace.

Candied orange, orange blossom, honey, floral hops. It's rich and pretty smooth for such a big beer. Once it warms there is some burn.

Orange syrup, citric bitterness, citrus hops. It's not very complex. There is some alcohol to start with and the burn increases as it warms.

Slick and full bodied. The carbonation has a hard time keeping up.

Overall not impressive. It's a big IPA. So big in my opinion that it loses any nuance. You can't have more than one and don't want to.

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Photo of Justdoit1234
3.66/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Anayalator
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best IPAs on the market. Something you have to try to believe. Also ~12%

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the captain of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pretty dark orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is dank, resin, some peaches. Taste is exactly the same as the aroma, alcohol is prevalent throughout, very bitter. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a good beer, but a bit boozy for my taste.

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3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jsmith313
4.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of jaydoc
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Fusebuddy
2.42/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Photo of GreatStoutman
4.43/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Was expecting a lot of maltiness at this high of an abv, but the hops were awesome... tons of grapefruit! Pretty refreshing and maybe too easy to drink.

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Photo of WritersBlock
4.75/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of ruzzal
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ChrisFu
3.36/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of greenspointexas
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of woodychandler
3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really CANnot say enough about how happy I am to have latched onto Tavour. The bulk of my boxes are made up of new CANs for The CANQuest (tm) & this is another such instance.

From the CAN: "Made In Texas By Texans".

From their website: "Big Hoppa is a hop lover’s dream. And a malt lover’s dream. Maybe it’s just a dream. This big, boozy Triple IPA clocks in at 12%abv and 93 ibus. Massive additions of Columbus, Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic, Equinox, and Falconer’s Flight hops pair with two row and Munich malts to create this beautiful IPA."

I Crack!ed open the vent & beCAN a slow, gentle Glug since, in this day & age of hazebros, a CAN of IPA is like a box of chocolates. I never know what I am going to get. Here, I was getting clarity from the jump, so things were looking up. Once I finished deCANting the beer, I gave it a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise a brief finger of foamy, fizzy, tawny head that quickly returned to wisps, leaving a trace of lacing behind. Color was solidly Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity. Nose was initially eye-opening! Whoa, 11.99% ABV?!? Wow. I got a real blast of alcohol on that first sniff. Trying again, it was fruity, but not tropical. Lots of stone fruit and their ilk - think peaches, apricots, pears. Mmm. This may be interesting! Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite full, and a little thin for this style as a result. The taste was actually more citrusy than peachy-pear, starting with an orange peel/pith/rind bitterness and opening up as it warmed to reveal a very bitter grapefruit. It should be kept in mind that as this was happening, the alcohol burn was also in effect. This was really making my eyes water. At this point, I decided to do a little investigation on their website & I copied & pasted what I found. I am reviewing this as a DIPA & I am submitting a change request/suggestion from the current AIPA designation. Even as a DIPA, this was kind of one-dimensional in that the alcohol was detracting from all of the nice hops that they listed/mentioned. I didn't dislike it, but I didn't really like it all that much, either. Whoops! That would be rating/reviewing to taste & not to style, which nets me a 9-1-1 call from the narks to the BA Police. Mustn't do that. The problem was that the hop profile was simply getting overwhelmed in the heat. The beer was getting me where I was going, to be sure, but at the same time, it was imbalanced in favor of its gravity vice its bitterness, which is the hallmark of the style. Sure, my tongue (& by extension, my palate) was ready to wave the white flag, but that doesn't make for enjoyment. Phew! Finish was dry, citrus bitter & very cool when drawing a breath afterwards. It left a cool, minty dryness in its wake which was both unexpected & enjoyable. This one may be tough to quantify.

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4.15/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Matt141
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of rmpic82
4.03/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This TIPA is a hops bomb looking to make one impression...disrupt the palate. With a 12% slug of mejor hops, it's a gut punch around the front-mid palate. I would say a little more balance when "ramping up" the hops would do it some good. More pine than citrus and a dry+ finish.

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Photo of Jame515
4.17/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roybert
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of malfunxion
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dwreck
3.69/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Abbbp
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is made in Texas? Good lord, not since Yellow Rose has there been an IPA, a TIPA nonetheless, that has been this worthy, hell I had to write a review. It's not a NE IPA, so don't go expecting a juice bomb of sorts, but it's tasty and clean. Crisp, and worth it.

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Big Hoppa from Martin House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 40 ratings