Yummy Hoppy Double IPA
Gonzo's Biggdogg Brewing

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Style:
IPA - Imperial
ABV:
8.5%
Score:
88
Avg:
3.74 | pDev: 13.64%
Reviews:
7
Ratings:
26
From:
Gonzo's Biggdogg Brewing
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
Wants
  1
Gots
  6
SCORE
88
Very Good
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LBThiele3382 from Michigan

3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another solid DIPA from the great brewing state of MI. Has all the stuff going for it in a double. They have recently merged with Saugatuck Co. so we'll probably see more of Gonzo's brews around. This is my first taste of their brewskis and I liked it. Bitter, malty, mid-range ABV (aka pretty tasty) and for the $13 price of a 4-pack of pounders, I will purchase again. Thumbs up!

May 13, 2019
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours cloudy orange. Thick, medium, off white head that lasts a while with lacing.

Smells malt, pine, earthy and citrus.

Tastes Caramel and doughy malt. Light piney and earthy with a light saltiness. Finish is dry with a short lived bitter pine linger. Full body and smooth medium carbonation.

Apr 17, 2017
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EMV from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a tallboy can into a Dogfish Head tulip. Cool can art.

L: Cloudy dark golden brown pour. 1 finger of off-white head. Lacelike lacing.

S: Caramel malts and bitter hops. Citrus and pine mixed with sweetness.

T/F: Very rich... lots of caramel sweetness give this beer a big body and medium to thick mouthfeel. The sugars set you up for a very bitter hop profile. Some tropical fruits... lots of pine and resin. Sticky on the tongue. Finish is bittersweet.

O: A delicious DIPA... very rich and malty but still packs a big bitter hop punch. Almost drinks like an 'Old Guardian' style Barleywine from Stone (it's not quite that malty but it comes close). Would definitely enjoy having a few more of these. Thanks much to KzoojK for the trade!

Mar 31, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16 ounce can into tulip glass, canned on 11/18/2016. Pours slightly hazy medium orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/fruity hops and moderate dark/bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of big grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon zest, orange peel, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine/citrus peel/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, peach, apricot, mango, lemon/orange peel, citrus rind, pine, caramel, toasted biscuit, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Slight lingering hop astringency near the end of the glass, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate dryness from lingering bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready/sticky, and light resin/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Mildly warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is a very nice DIPA. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/pine hops and moderate dark/bready malt sweetness; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Very juicy/fruity on hops with balancing malts; but never overly sweet, thanks to the lingering/drying bitter hop resins. A very enjoyable offering.

Mar 11, 2017
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Dr_Bahmbay13 from Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Juicy upon first sip. Then as stated on the can impact of what feels like a dry hopped a bit? Flavor dry HOPPY, deep dank, like a Kush that would be a darker strain. .The dryness and the 74.5 ibus work great leaving a really hopped up dry character lingering after taste, in a good way for me but maybe not you? Alcohol lacing and legs from the hop oils a plenty
All in all great beer. Among the vast and endless sea of double IPA's this surprisingly stands out In Taste and overall quality.

Dec 30, 2016
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can of Gonzo's Biggdogg's Yummy Hoppy Double IPA last week for $3.19 at The Lager Mill. I've had this beer before at a beer fest, but now that it's in cans I thought I would revisit it, so lets see how it goes. 2016 Vintage. Poured from a tall 16oz can into a IPA glass.

A- The can looks nice, it's got a nice design to it and it's a little eye catching. It poured a amber orange color which took on more of a golden orange hue when held to the light with almost two fingers worth of creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart a very citrus like hop aromas with some other fruity, green and floral hops showing up in the background. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast which leads into the malts which impart a pale malt, biscuit, slightly grainy and bread crust like aromas. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, It's well balanced and I like the hop profile.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the hops being the first to show up and they impart all the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time there's a little bit of a coconut hop flavors. Up next comes a little bit of doughy yeast followed by a slight alcohol flavor and that leads into the malts which imparts the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are a little lighter this time. On the finish there's a slightly higher amount of medium bitterness with a fruity hop and slight coconut like aftertaste, with the bitterness lingering a little. This is a nice tasting beer, but I wish the fruity hops stood out just a little more.

M- Fairly smooth, a little crisp, slightly dry on the finish, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and solid example of the style, it had pretty much all the aspects that I look for in the style, but I still think the balance could have been a little better. This beer has nice drinkability, one can is the perfect amount for me, anymore than that and it might start to wear on me. What I like the most about this beer is the aromas, appearance and mouthfeel, they were all pretty nice. What I like the least about this beer is that the fruity hops could have shown up a little more and the balance could have been a little better. All in all I liked this beer, but I didn't love it, it was going in the right direction, but it got to be just a little rough around the edges. It's one of the better beers I've had from this brewery and it's a solid example of the style. Nice job guys, this is a solid DIPA.

Dec 12, 2016
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elNopalero from Texas

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This pours an amber color with a sticky sweet candied orange aroma. The hops are orange citrusy and sweet with a sweet finish. The beer itself tastes similar to their ipa, like a hoppy amber ale. This didn’t do much for me, despite being recommended by some hopheads in my group.

Feb 20, 2015
Yummy Hoppy Double IPA from Gonzo's Biggdogg Brewing
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 26 ratings