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Hop Butcher For The World

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Style:
IPA - American
Ranked #1,931
ABV:
6.25%
Score:
88
Ranked #15,635
Avg:
4.05 | pDev: 4.44%
Reviews:
10
Ratings:
21
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Hop Butcher For The World
 
Illinois, United States
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Notes: Mosaic, Simcoe, Centennial hopped IPA
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Todd from California

4.16/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16oz can packaged on 03/09/2021. Sample from the brewery.

Clear, bright golden, with lively carbonation and a foamy white lace. Nose is clean, soft, fruity, and floral with some stone fruit. Medium-bodied and creamy on the palate. Smack of lemon/lime zest upfront with suggestions of grapefruit rind, pine, overripe pineapple, cantaloupe, peach, berries, and apple skins. Some dankness. Bitter, a bit grassy and earthy too, with a tea-like astringency. Toasty, bready, sweet grain, and honey notes push back on the bitterness. Finish is dry, herbal, and a bit doughy.

I'm here for the Skeleton Cruise. The hop profile throws way back and reminds us that IPAs don't have to look or taste the same.

Apr 19, 2021
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JamFuel from Sweden

4.28/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a semi clear light orange with thick, fluffy head.

Smell is fruity with notes of grapefruit, pine, peach and tea.

Taste is fruity and quite floral with notes of citrus, pine, peach, tea and rose water. Moderate bitterness, and a clean, drying finish.

Mouthfeel is medium, soft and pillowy, with good carbonation.

Overall, a very nice IPA, balanced but with some bite.

Dec 17, 2019
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michaelsmith11 from Illinois

3.98/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer was a nice combination of Mosaic, Centennial & Simcoe hops. It was a little lighter than most of Hop Butchers offerings. Berries were definitely in play here along with some pine. Some nice bitterness in there too.

Oct 21, 2019
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barnzy78 from Illinois

4.21/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can, "PKG 10/8/19 THE BONES R THEIR DOLLARS". Brilliant, bright; and hazy tangerine colored ale with a foamy off-white head. Super juicy aroma of tropical fruit, citrus, pine, and berry. Bold hop flavors that are similar to aroma: piney mango, tangy tangerine & lemon zest, and berry. Medium body, very resinous, semi-dry finish with plenty of citric & pine bitterness on the finish. A very delicious hazy IPA.

Nov 02, 2019
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BeerLover99 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 11, 2019
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kevanb from Illinois

3.88/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

16oz can, dated 03.09.2021, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a bright golden color, straw and copper hues, fairly clear with a very faint haze and a nice two finger head, white and foamy with moderate retention and nice lacing. The aroma is pleasant, earthy and herbal, somewhat floral, grassy, mild pine, grapefruit peel, a bit of fruitiness and a nice cereal grain base. The flavors are good, bitter grapefruit peel, underlying citrus and fruitiness, herbal white tea, wildflower, pale dough, bitter pine and grassiness grows over the finish as it warms. The mouthfeel is good, coating, lively medium body that's smooth and finishes easily with a dry bite.

Verdict: A nice west coast style IPA from Hop Butcher. More herbal and floral than a typical beer of the style but it's nicely bitter and has a solid grapefruit profile that ties everything together.

Mar 17, 2021
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kemoarps from Washington

3.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is crisp golden yellow. Clear enough I can literally read the words on the can through the glass. Lovely little half finger of white foam with fine bubbles.

Nose is a nice pleasant little blend of lightly sweet, a touch of juicy lemon... pleasant is the descriptor I keep coming back to. As it warms, the berry notes really do come forward, almost like sugary cereal, which gets a little saccharine at times.

Flavour begins with some of those same fruity sweet notes before turning hard into the pithy bitter lime bitterness, which just kind of dominates.

The finish is all and only bitter lime. I miss the era of clear bitter IPAs, but in this case I think they lean a little too hard into the harshness of the bitter finish. It honestly kind of feels like a nostalgia piece written by someone who has heard so much about 'the good old days' but is truly of the new era trying to capture old magic, as opposed to someone who builds the nostalgia piece because that's where they come from.

Apr 04, 2021
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ECOBOOSTINST from Iowa

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 28, 2019
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whicho17 from Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Apr 02, 2021
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Guinnsslvr from Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 12, 2019
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vande from Illinois

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

Oct 19, 2019
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.81/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Canned 10/8/19; drank 10/12/19 @ the Yarchives.

Semi-opaque orange/yellow appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice bright white head; strong, frothy tree-rung lace.

Pineapple, cane sugar, mild pine & faint dry grass notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel. Pineapple, table sugar, pine & dry grass flavors.

The nose beats the flavor, but this was mildly enjoyable.

Oct 13, 2019
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Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden color. 1 1/2 finger white head. Head retention is good. Some lacing on the glass.
The nose is has a nice hop aroma to it. Citrus, mango, pineapple, and other aromas.
Taste - The hop citrus is mellow up front, but kicks in more on the backside.
Hops linger in my throat a bit.
A decent IPA from Hop Butcher.

Nov 01, 2019
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on October 13, 2019. West coast style India Pale Ale brewed with Mosaic, Centennial and Simcoe. Very good.

Mar 10, 2020
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larryi86 from Delaware

4.13/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thank you Franfab for this
16 oz can poured into a teku

A- A hazy golden straw with a two finger white head.

S- Citrus, grapefruit, lime zest, pineapple, a little piney.

T- Citrus, piney, grapefruit, some melons, pineapple, slightly floral.

M- Smooth, light to medium body.

O- Tasty with a nice balance, easy to drink.

Dec 16, 2019
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brn9000 from Illinois

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mar 24, 2021
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soarinsteven from Illinois

4.09/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Apr 07, 2021
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jmh21 from Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 18, 2019
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samEBC from Belgium

4.06/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 02, 2020
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Mattias from Sweden

4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dec 18, 2019
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Gambyt20 from Illinois

4.12/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 26, 2019
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Beer rating: 88 out of 100 with 21 ratings