Hop Eruption | Mazama Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Mazama Brewing Co.
Oregon, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by chossboss on 02-05-2014

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Ratings: 35 |  Reviews: 12
Reviews by cxr1037:
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4.16/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Saw this on the shelf of the local liquor store tonight - they apparently just got this in. I was going to go for something reliable, as it's been a long week, but I figured why not give a new brewery a try.

From a 22 into a quintessential Duvel tulip:

Dark golden, SRM 10-15 range. Sandy, white-tan head that falls to about half an inch.

They mention 4 different C-hops (has to be 4 out of these 5 - Cascade, Centennial, Columbus, Chinook, Citra) on the label and it shows. Immediately citrusy - lemon and lime zest, a little grapefruit, oranges - but also fragrant and floral. Faintly piney. Slight biscuit-malt scent. Not an overly strong nose like some of the recent IPAs I've had.

As expected, citrus: orange, grapefruit, pinch of lime on the finish. Very neutral malt profile. The taste is very standard for an IPA using those 4 C-hops. No perceptible off flavors.

A little on the thin side, but also somewhat creamy. Medium body. It's very pleasant and matches the aroma and smell very well. I think it may benefit from a little more carbonation, however.

Great stuff from a brewery I've never heard of. I don't think this is a groundbreaking IPA, but it's very good for the style and a beer I wouldn't hesitate to buy again if I were in the mood for something in between an IPA and DIPA.


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More User Reviews:
Photo of Dschamp
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of chossboss
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of BurdockBoy
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pored from a 22oz into a pint glass.

A: Nice frothy head which was retained during drinking. Light copper colour.

S: nice pine scent with citrus (grapefruit).

T: Pine and grassy hops with some citrus and maybe a little mango. Some immediate bitterness, but not a huge bite.

F: light, smooth and crisp. Decent carbonation.

O: A pretty good IPA in the NW tradition. Couldn't find a date on the bottle, but I trust the shop I got it from.

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Photo of switzer
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%

Photo of dertyd
3.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jason_nwx
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%

Photo of dipso123
4/5  rDev +12%

Photo of Reidrover
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle from "Lifesource" Salem OR
Cloudy burnt orange coloured body with a large rocky cream coloured head.
Mostly honeyish malt aromas, a bit of resiny hops.
Very balanced for a IPA..malts are strong caramel and semi sweet hops light resin.
Nice mouth feel..creamy smooth OK.
An OK beer but too balanced..i feel this might be old.

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Photo of Drknight
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of constantine_272
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Touch of haze through gold beer with lots a small bubbles. Low sticky white head. Grassy smell with dandelion and bitter lettuce. Also some apricot on the nose. Taste is juicy chlorophyll with a bright pine resin finish. Thick and stick and dry on the finish.

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Photo of POJackle
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Good balance.

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Photo of bumchilly25
3.75/5  rDev +5%

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Bier Stein today. There are some nice aromatics from the mosaic hops in this beer, but otherwise, this is a fairly simple, straight forward IPA, that actually drinks more like a hoppy, dry pale ale. It's decent, but there are a lot of better, more interesting options brewed here in the NW. Hard to imagine ever wanting to order this again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Slightly hazy amber brew with a big foamy head in the St. Bernardus globe. Watery and refreshing body. Big dark hop taste.

Very leafy and aromatic. Herbal but clean flavored. Moderate bitterness. Sweet malt and fruity hops. Then a piney hop finish.

A hop stew, but a pleasant quaff with a mix of hop flavors swirling in the mouth. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Liticker's Liquors in Ocean Beach.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of LeeMoore
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Cloudy and hoppy been waiting to try this beer until I can find the freshest bottle. Found one under a month. A little muddled with grapefruit and tropical fruits taking the lead. Very balanced with a light bitterness lending its way toward A good drinkablity. Definitely will get this again.

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Photo of leftoverburrito
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Photo of wumpshire
1.74/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Must have been a bad batch, tastes and smells like sulfur. Yuck

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4.25/5  rDev +19%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ryannosaurus
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

22oz poured to tulip

Appearance is a very cloudy dark gold, good 1.5 fingers of pale gold foam. Head dies off quickly

Aroma is a hop heads dream with lots of pine, fresh mowed clover, grapefruit and little bit of biscuit. A nice floral blush

Flavor is more dominated by the grassy and significant bitterness, grapefruit and more grass in the backend. Muddy yeast note. Distinctively unsophisticated and raw.

Mouthfeel is fine for an IPA, good body and carbonation

Overall this beer is very memorable for the aromatics, but the flavor is frankly a bit forgettable beyond the bitterness. Inappropriately cloudy for the style, and that dark cloud carries over to the flavor. Nothing really "off-putting" I can put my finger on, just seems as one dimensional as the name implies.

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Photo of NickSMpls
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Date code of 2507 (early Sept'17) - today is Jan 18th '18. Bought in a bomber at Costco. Clear, dark amber pour, quite pretty. Aroma is pine and citrus with light breading. Taste is a little different from most IPAs and in a nice way, with malt coming in first, then the hops kick in big time, with solid biitterness with no harshness. The ABV is moderate and that helps moderate the mouthfeel. Good carbonation. Well done.

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Photo of VictorsValiant
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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