Big Hoppa
Martin House Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #2,368
ABV:
11.99%
Score:
90
Ranked #10,923
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 12.62%
Reviews:
9
Ratings:
44
From:
Martin House Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Avail:
Rotating/Seasonal
Wants
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Gots
  10
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: 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.
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Reviews by ogman:
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ogman from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jan 26, 2019
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.99/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Jun 02, 2018
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Gagnonsux from Texas

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 23, 2017
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Magery from Kentucky

3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aug 08, 2017
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jaydoc from Kansas

4.03/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sep 30, 2017
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ChrisFu from Texas

3.36/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Oct 03, 2016
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DucksFan16 from Alaska

4.24/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12/05/2016

Dec 06, 2016
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tone77 from Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Sep 17, 2018
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brewerburgundy from California

3.28/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Aug 10, 2017
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bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Jun 19, 2018
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archero from Texas

3.75/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

May 17, 2018
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greenspointexas from Texas

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

Aug 10, 2017
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WritersBlock from Texas

4.75/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Nov 23, 2016
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sd123 from Texas

4.15/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Aug 28, 2017
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En29356 from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jul 14, 2017
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Techichi from Texas

4.1/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Oct 01, 2016
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malfunxion from New York

3.7/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Oct 03, 2017
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acashk from Texas

4.46/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Aug 05, 2017
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warrendietrich2001 from Nevada

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

Dec 04, 2017
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Stevotex from Texas

4.18/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 24, 2017
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GreesyFizeek from New York

2.66/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This one pours a light clear amber color, with a small head, and lots of lacing.

This smells bad, honestly. I get unfermented stinky wort, heavy malt, and astringent hops.

What happened here? It's under a month old, so it should not have disintegrated this quickly. There's that distinct wet and unfermented wort taste here, and it's so malty. Obviously, a triple IPA is gonna be somewhat malty, but there's no real hop character to balance that out. This is a mess.

This is medium bodied, and not all that drinkable, at all.

This is not good, really at all. I'm surprised by the high ratings.

Dec 28, 2018
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Abbbp from Texas

4.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Oct 07, 2016
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Fusebuddy from Wisconsin

2.42/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Nov 21, 2017
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XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

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

Jul 23, 2018
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Jame515 from Texas

4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Jul 24, 2017
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Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 44 ratings