Hopzone IPA
Bozeman Brewing Company

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #2,361
ABV:
7%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,760
Avg:
3.93 | pDev: 8.91%
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
110
From:
Bozeman Brewing Company
 
Montana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  4
Gots
  32
SCORE
88
Very Good
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.69/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up a while ago when I was out west, as I never had anything from Bozeman Brewing before. Hard to read the date that was stamped on the side of the can, near the bottom, but this poured fine and didn't have any large sediment in it. This was a bit heavy on the palate but wasn't a bad example of what a good American IPA should be!

This beer's appearance was alright as it was golden, somewhat brassy in hue, and filled with a very fine sediment that swirled around every time I took a sip. Enough head topped it off but the lacing was mostly in the form of a thick, rocky, and deep head near the top of my pint glass. Not a strong aroma to this as there's lots of caramel, pine, and sharp citrus as that was also true for the taste. A bit of tobacco, bread, and grain entered the fray as I sipped it with this being quite balanced and acrid on the palate, but not too far from being typical at the same time.

There could have been a bit more carbonation to this and the mouthfeel was moderately slick as the booze was easily felt. That complemented the flavors here and this came across as stronger than it was in actuality. Not a bad IPA as this was certainly indeed in the "Hopzone", with enough malt to round things out!

Feb 03, 2020
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Draft at the Slippery Otter in West Yellowstone, MT. Pours a clear amber with a very thin off-white head. Initial impression is citrus(mostly orange and grapefruit) and pine resin. Mouthfeel is medium-sticky; carbonation is perfect. Finish is clean and bitter. I love hops, but this one was a little over the top for me.

Jun 25, 2019
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colts9016 from Idaho

3.33/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A monster three finger head with good retention. The head is off white in color and is stiff frothy peaks that leaves some lacing on the glass. The color of the beer is a pale gold color and is translucent. The beer has some carbonation buble visible. Overall a very good looking beer.

Nose: A ripe fruity nose with grapefruity citrus, pine, and floral esters. A light toasted malt, with biscuit, caramel, and yeasty notes.

Taste: Pine, grapefruit, floral bouquet, fruity notes, with light toasted malt, biscuit, yeast, kinda a solvent metallic note.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, medium mouthfeel, and astringent finish.

Overall, the appearance and the aromas coming off the beer is phenomenal, I was super stoked to try this beer, but the beer is malt backbone is too heavy and the hops just taste off for me. I sure was hoping for a great IPA after I got a good look and whiff, then I was let down.

Sep 21, 2017
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snaotheus from Washington

3.89/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2017-08-15
12oz can served in a snifter. Canned on 06/21/17. Given to me by @mr-jj. Pours clear golden-bronze with a smallish head and little carbonation. Smell is hoppy -- maybe slightly cat pissy, mostly pine resin, fairly mild.

Taste is very bitter, slightly floral, and leaning toward pine resin.

Mouthfeel is medium but a little too still. Overall, tasty beer.

Aug 16, 2017
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Impetuous from Montana

3.74/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very generous head disappears to a light film with moderate lacing

The profile is hops then hops then hops however it ends rather fruity there are underlying bready malt flavors that are quite domesticated but become more dominant as the beer warms

It drinks smooth with a slight edge. I dig the edge but can't help thinking a more robust carbonation would make the brew more complex

Overall good not great

Oct 17, 2016
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zeff80 from Missouri

3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can. Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, khaki-colored head of foam. It smelled of toasted caramel, pine and citrus. Sweet caramel with a piney bitterness.

Aug 01, 2016
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Bitterbill from Wyoming

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Tyler for the can!

Light gold colour with +1 finger of foam that is long lasting.

I get some grapefruit and grass with a solid malt backbone of grain and some sweet notes.

Tastes of pine, light on the grapefruit and grass, goodly balanced by grain and sweet malt.

Solid IPA all around.

Jul 31, 2016
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SammyJaxxxx from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Golden hue with white fluffy head. Aroma is a little flat-Mostly resiny.
The taste is Grapefruit piney and resiney
Clean and crisp mouthfeel
Very good IPA. More of a classic IPA style and not for those looking for that New England juice box type.

Jul 13, 2016
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Rogerlb from California

3.75/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good looking pale/clear beer, with a medium head. Smell is floral and citrusy hops (as opposed to hoppy citrus--it's earth-forward).

Taste is a solid hoppy IPA, mix of pine needles and grapefruit is perfectly balanced, a wave towards bitter, nothing overpowering or surprising. Malts bring in a creamy fresh finish. Grain and slighty sticky/sweet at the end. Solid.

Jul 06, 2016
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josiahschlender from Oregon

3.52/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice looks from this hometown beer: clear and golden with a nice head that leaves more than average lace on my snifter.

Very hoppy aromas of the citrus rind and evergreen needle sort. These hops assert themselves throughout the flavor experience as well. Malty sweetness makes an attempt to break through, but to my taste there isn't much effort to achieve balance in this IPA. The can lists this ale at 80 IBU--I would have guessed it to be even higher due to the significant bitterness at the end of the long finish.

Overall, I want to love this beer because in general I love IPAs, but the hops are just a bit too much on the side of aggressive and bitter. My impression is that this is a well crafted brew that's out to make a hops statement. A little much for me on this particular day, but I'll try this one again.

Dec 11, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can labeled 13:57:43 25115 at 42 degrees into shaker
Aroma piney, weakens throughout glass
Head large (seven cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to six mm ring and layer
Lacing excellent – wide complete curtains of tiny to medium bubbles
Body medium yell, slight chill haze
Flavor begins bitter and piney, ends slightly bitter; no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light to medium, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.5, Aroma 4, Flavor 4, Palate 4.25, Overall 4

Oct 24, 2015
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KSOZE from Ohio

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Like drinking some sticky icky hop resin. Sticky icky goodness with loads of pine, some floral notes and a grapefruit bitterness bite. Slightly above average IPA.

Oct 01, 2015
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BeerAdvocate from Massachusetts

3.81/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #84 (Jan 2014):

Yup, clearly an IPA in this can. Great blend of Columbus and Cascade hops to flavor and bitter; the Simcoe and Cascade dry-hopping helps as well. By no means is this IPA over-hopped, but that hoppiness does stick to the palate throughout. Was hoping for a cleaner hoppiness, yet this works.

STYLE: American IPA
ABV: 7.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Pale amber color, ample suds

SMELL: Juicy, citrus zest, orange pith, piney, guava, stone fruit, fresh grain, estery

TASTE: Mild carbonation, sturdy medium body, spicy hop resin, vegetal, fresh-cut grass, peppery, citrus pith, bread crust, melon rind, ripe pears, semi-aggressive hop bitterness, chalky, mildly astringent; dry, hoppy finish

Jun 16, 2015
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braker649er from Washington

3.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I found the smell to be the best part, with a bunch of fruit perceptible--mostly citrus for me. The look was sharply clear, though I prefer a fuller head. Taste and feel weren't quite up to what the lovely nose advertised, though stacked up against any average IPA, this would still stand out on taste. Very enjoyable.

Jun 06, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

3.37/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at the Copper Grill and Bar @ the Bozeman, MT Airport

Appearance - Served up in a pint glass with a sliver of white head. The brew itself is clear and golden in color. The thin layer of suds maintain on the surface throughout.

Smell - Light citrus with an even lighter touch of pine. Hints of a bready malt backbone.

Taste - Like the nose, a light citrus flavor hitting on orange and a faint grapefruit bitterness. Light, bready malt backbone. The finish is light and lacks flavor.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium in body with moderate carbonation. Dry finish.

Overall - Quite the average IPA. Nothing that'll grab the attention of the ol' tastbuds, but I don't mind sipping on it here as I kill time waiting for my flight.

May 03, 2015
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wneville2 from Montana

3.77/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a pretty hoppy IPA that's seemingly enjoyed by more transplants to the Bozeman area from other states than Montanans in general. I typically don't go over an IBU of 65 with beer, but the sugary malts in this beer make it a little more bearable. It's a well-brewed IPA that's on tap at just about every bar and restaurant in the Bozeman area.

Jan 12, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a massively delicious ipa, one of the best beers ive had from the state of montana. flashy in its green can, indeed a decent serving vessel for this rich looking frothy honey colored brew. the nose is bright fruity hops, resinous and west coast in general orientation, but far from it in the varietals used. definitely a tropical mosaic type of flavor to this, especially in the finish, maybe some amarillo too, it has that pungent earthen fruity aspect to it, which i love with the paler malts. plenty of texture and body, carbonation isnt prickly but its robust, serving more to add to the creaminess than to punctuate the experience, a sudsy ipa to say the least. abv is right where i like my hoppy beer to be this time of year, and a sixer of this is a pretty massive dose, definitely break that up with a friend or lover. top notch ipa from montana here, distinct and memorable. very well done, cool hop varietals and only bitter enough. im thirsty for more!

Nov 12, 2014
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Nice to have this six pack while traveling around MT and WY for the last two plus weeks. This is the last can of the pack and time for a review.

A- 12oz can poured into a chalice for the review with a fairly clear light amber body. A white head rises on the beer to almost two fingers with a frothy texture with some giant bubbles. A thick ring leaves sheets of lace followed by spots and drizzle.

S- Hop forward but no one note really jumps out to me, more of a melding of citrus, pine, floral, herbal and fruity hop aromas. The 7% ABV results in some malt coming out in the backdrop but not enough to take away from the hop aim.

T- Here the hop bouquet is somewhat citrus and pine forward with grapefruit and orange zest coming to mind and then the other flavors of stone fruit, floral, herbal and earthy come into play. A decent amount of malty sweetness with light cracked grain and slight caramel hints.

MF- Light-medium bodied with a silky and foamy texture. Agitation brings on some creaminess. Carbonation level is on the high side and a moderate clean bitterness finishes the beer off.

A lot of different hop flavors come into play but the beer never feels muddled. I can appreciate the bitter citrus zest and then get some hints of tangerine and stone fruit and the high carbonation and 7%ABV drive those flavors home. I really enjoyed having this over the last few weeks while camping, one of the better random finds of my trip so far.

Jul 31, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

4.08/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a medium golden color with a huge head of white billowy foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading to leave some foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is lower on the malt smells and heavier on the hop. The lighter malt smells are of a light bready smell mixed with just a little bit of an orange aroma. The hop is rather big and bold with a big pine aroma being the heaviest, but having plenty of grapefruit and earthy hops mixed within. Overall the brew smells like it is on the drier side with a good hit of resinous hop.

Taste – The taste begins with a drier cracker like taste mixed with a lighter pine and grapefruit hop. The grapefruit gains a little bit of strength toward the middle, but maintains a lighter profile overall. The pine grows stronger and stronger as the flavor moves onto the end and is joined by some more herbal hop flavors along the way. Some earthy hops and a little bit of tangerine pop up at the end of the taste and mix with the drier cracker and other hop flavors, to leave a rather crisp and moderately resinous hop flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The moderateness of the carbonation and body is a nice balance for the crisp taste and easy drinkability, all while upholding all the hop flavors to a good extent.

Overall – A rather crisp and moderately resinous IPA that is rather easy to drink. A pleasant IPA overall.

May 04, 2014
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akmt76 from Montana

4.44/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hopzone is a great beer, not too carbonated, but still gives off a great aroma. You can smell the smooth citrus and pine hop blend. Great drinkability, great mouthfeel, and a finish that leaves a smile on your face and wanting more. The fact that this beer is available in the can is awesome for the river. A favorite for cold winter nights as well as hot summer days.
Great balance in this beer, definitely a go to as far as IPAs go. Working in an airport, many people from around the country have told me this is one of their all time favorites...

Mar 18, 2014
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Dusty6467 from Texas

3.83/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: gold amber color with 1 finger head and good lacing

S: light hop smell with grapefruit and pine hints

T: Great taste, strong hop bitterness, grapefruit, pine, very good taste

M: decent amount of carbonation, full, easy to drink gor a 7.2%

O: good balanced beer with good hop amount and great finish

Jan 09, 2013
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Siriusfisherman from Vermont

3.96/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid all-round IPA, excellent lacing and a gorgeous, slightly hazy gold color. The aroma was restrained, but the hops burst through in the flavor, big citrus and pine notes. I am guessing columbus and centennial, but I am not sure. It had a pretty typical, but very bright west-coast IPA flavor. The mouthfeel was crisp but also a little creamy, very smooth. The body was a little light. Overall, this is a very good IPA, I will definitely purchase it again.

Nov 30, 2012
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Oakenator from Pennsylvania

4.58/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Golden color in the glass with a nice head and excellent lacing on the glass. Nose is citrus hops. Tongue is a great well hopped IPA picking up citrus and pine... but lots of hops and in the double IPA territory. Good carbonation on the mouthfeel and lingers well after taste.

Aug 29, 2012
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websherpa from Montana

3.68/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Standard golden bordering on orange IPA with off white 1 finger head. Modest lacing.

Smell: No real malts to speak of. The hops are bitter centric with citric support.

Taste: This is a bitter IPA with citric notes. I'd say this is closer to orange or maybe even slight hints of pine than anything else. It's good but not epic.

Mouthfeel: Typical and well done.

Drinkability: This is a well done IPA, but nothing to write home about.

Mar 07, 2011
Hopzone IPA from Bozeman Brewing Company
Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 110 ratings