Hill 88 Double IPA | Headlands Brewing Co.

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Hill 88 Double IPAHill 88 Double IPA

Brewed by:
Headlands Brewing Co.
California, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by SanFranJake on 12-16-2013

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of BenHesk12
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hill 88 double IPA was poured out of a 16oz can at The Good Hop in Oakland. The can states 8.8% alcohol and that the hops are "omakase" style, meaning that each batch of the beer has a unique hop profile. The can also informs that this is meant to be a malt forward IPA that is also aggressively hopped.

Overall I enjoyed this beer because it is a strong, unique IPA that was reasonably priced at the bar I was at. At first sip you'll notice the sweet malt character and boozy nature that 8.8 ABV brings. After the initial shock, you'll taste an adventurous hop profile that is interesting, but does somewhat seem thrown together. I'll definitely keep my eyes open for more offerings from Headlands brewing.

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Photo of 1BeerToRuleThemAll
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dertyd
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Bieniek30
3.03/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CaptainFleeker
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of spark3148857
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jeffjeff1
3.61/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- clear copper color, good size head, nice lacing
S- some hops, some malt, slightly more malt I think
T- pretty good, more malt than hops I think, some good hop flavor too though, some floral hops
M- medium bodied
D- pretty good, would most likely drink it again

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1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of frasergrove
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Canada_Dan
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of pacific
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of bobbyhands
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of anthony-martinez
3.24/5  rDev -8%

Photo of Nugganooch
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On Tap at Soma Eats – San Francisco, CA
Full pint - Notes taken on 06/11/2015

A: Caramel amber with a soft orange hue giving a murkiness look to it. Otherwise a mostly clear condition. A dense khaki stack holds over top and measures in about two fingers wide. Seems like the lacing here just completely blankets the glass. Quite incredible retention and stick really.

S: The nose is very floral with spiced accents and a large dank herb presence. Seems to tow in a grip of caramel malt sweetness to it as well. I get a light tangerine presence and lots more florals in the finish.

T: Caramel malt sweetness up front. A little more than preferred here but still has a nice hop profile to it. Delivers on a healthy dose of herbal dankness and florals with some spice notes and a light citrus flare sprinkled in. The perceived bitterness hits on the lower side I would say and there is some warming alcohol spice in the finish. A little clunky to me at times but with some nice hop attributes going for it.

M: The body comes in a bit thicker and heavier in feel on account of the malt bounty here. Fairly creamy still with a smoothened bitterness. Some light drying in the finish with a warming alcohol presence. Not all that resinous really.

D: Not really knowing the back story on this one I would say the Hill 88 DIPA comes off a bit muddled and too heavy handed with the Crystal malts. Just another good but not great local offering. Nice to try out here but far from being anything worthy of a revisit.

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Photo of Donkster46
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of spycow
3.69/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ronricorossi
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AnHeroicHippo
3.04/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not balanced at all. Very sharply, bitterly hoppy with no balance. Boring.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.51/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, pine, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with candied citrus zest and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with hop flavors that lean more towards the citrus side of the spectrum.

Serving type: can.

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3.14/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16 US fl oz can in a pint glass

Look: Slightly hazy deep amber with a lot of pale amber head. Major head retention with a fair amount of sticky lacing left behind.

Smell: This has to be one of the oddest beers I've ever smelt - for something that's touted as a DIPA there's a very sweet, malty smell to it. The blurb on the can states that eatch batch has a different hop profile, but the conclusion you'd take away on smell alone is that they forgot the hops altogether ...

Taste: ... until you taste it. 8.8% ABV and 88IBU - it's easy to say where the name came from. The alcohol is surprisingly well hidden but the IBUs, all 88 of 'em, are front and centre. In addition, there are those really strange malty flavours - not as upfront as they were in the nose but they're there nonetheless. The net result is ... different.

Feel: Mind-screw in a can - the bitterness makes it feel a lot thinner than it actually is, but even so it's pretty tough going.

Overall: Mmmmm ... yeah. Really not sure what to make of this - it's a beer with a major identity crisis. IPA? Barleywine? Something else? Who knows. The 'omakase' process, wherein each batch has a different hop profile, means that what I've written here may not apply to someone elses brew, which makes rating kind of tricky. Even so, this has a bit of a 'thrown together' vibe to it and it doesn't really work for me. Curious hopheads might like it, though.

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Hill 88 Double IPA from Headlands Brewing Co.
3.52 out of 5 based on 40 ratings.
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