Hop Havoc Anniversary Ale | Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

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Hop Havoc Anniversary AleHop Havoc Anniversary Ale

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Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by snogglethorpe on 08-28-2011

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Ratings: 7 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of MaLu
2.56/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from tap at Beer Ma BAR in Kita-senju, Tokyo On June 11. No head, very pale straw colour, almost watery looking. Lite smell of pine and a tint of cloves. Nice mouthfeel with a bit of suprising carbonation that would be good to beat the Tokyo heat in about a month. Not my favorite Japanese IPA but definitely worth trying multiple times.

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Photo of shigg85
3.25/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Andrewharemza
4.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From bottle this season states it's 6.5 ABV. Pours cloudy orange with thick foamy white head. Lovely citrus hoppy orange aroma. Great Tate of citrus orange hops, juicy fruits. Excellent malty backbone. Tangy hoppy long bitter finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation. Excellent.

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Photo of TokyoCO
4/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of KelvinC
4.04/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of f_raud
5/5  rDev +25.9%

Photo of snogglethorpe
4.67/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An astonishingly good beer, this nails the fresh-hop-drenched, resinous, sticky, piney, "hop juice" variety of American IPA.

It's a nice deep green-gold color, not particularly carbonated (so the head's not huge), and the first sniff tells you immediately what it is -- it smells like _hops_, fresh and resinous.

The taste follows through in wonderful form: it really tastes like fresh hops. There's a little sweetness, but it's quite overpowered by the hops. The hop bitterness is clear, but tasty, and not overbearing, and the other various hop flavors just jump at you and sing. The mouthfeel is thick, oily, and a little sticky, and together with the taste, this really gives the impression one is drinking pure hop extract or something.

Baird's always had a American vibe, and they've been flirting with the concept of an American IPA for a long time, releasing beer after beer that sort of tease in that direction, but never quite satisfy, adding too many other clashing flavors or otherwise falling short of the mark. "Hop Havoc" remedies that; it's a pure and clear answer to those who want their sticky hop fix, and indeed does a better job of it than many more famous American IPAs.

For those in Japan, it's also much more likely to be fresh (craft beers imported from America, even on tap, are all too often way past their prime), which of course is especially important for this particular taste.

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Hop Havoc Anniversary Ale from Baird Brewing Company / Fishmarket Taproom
Beer rating: 3.97 out of 5 with 7 ratings