Lord Octopus
Hop Butcher For The World

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Hop Butcher For The World
Illinois, United States
IPA - Imperial
Ranked #427
Ranked #2,850
4.28 | pDev: 6.54%
Feb 23, 2022
Jan 13, 2020
Lord OctopusLord Octopus
Notes: Mosaic and Mosaic Cryo-hopped Double India Pale Ale.
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Ratings by badmotorgrunge:
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4.79/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by badmotorgrunge from Illinois

Jun 09, 2020
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4.44 by sweemzander from Illinois on Feb 23, 2022
3.75 by TMoney2591 from Illinois on Jan 18, 2022
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4.1/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by Chris7482 from Illinois

Another solid offering from Hop Butcher. Has the typical profile of most Hop Butcher ipas. Just a solid beer that I would definitely revisit when available.

Jun 12, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by gatornation from Minnesota

Pours a glowing light golden color with nice heads and lacing.. Smell is tropical with citrus,melon pine and berries. Taste is tropical with citrus pineapple and juicy berries. A soft and creamy mouth feel highlighting the mosaic hops just a touch of bitterness , very good

Jun 10, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

Canned 1.5.21, opened 2.13.21

Can received in a ninja strike from @fbarber , poured into a Schilling stemmed glass

Turbid orange liquid crowned by a creamy pencil thin layer that quickly fades to a wispy island anding. Looks like orange juice and maybe a fresh apple cider

Aroma is tropical, mango, hint of berry, whiff of pine

taste is light citrus, pineapple, bubblegum, tropical fruits

Low sudsing, very smooth, not creamy, hop taste with no bite

Delicious beer this one

Thanks @fbarber !

Feb 13, 2021
4.33 by weavere15 from Illinois on Feb 01, 2021
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4.8/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by RVABeerFan777 from Virginia

My first entry from Hop Butcher, did not disappoint. The mouthfeel is excellently and the berry notes and light savory quality really make this beer shine.

Jan 22, 2021
4.1 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois on Jan 18, 2021
4.36 by bschmidt_37 from Illinois on Jan 16, 2021
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4.77/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by KevinHill from Illinois

Very fresh tasting canned 1/5/21. My review 13Jan.

16oz can into well frosted bar glass. Delicate lacing, nice pearl colored frothy head. Sweet tropical aromas off the nose juciness abounds.

Creamy mouthfeel on palate. Mosaic and cryo hops used wonderfully balanced to finish of pineapple /orangy sweetness.

It's labeled a double IPA. This bad boy drinks like a superb NE/IPA.

HOP BUTCHER cranks out hugely delicious hoppy IPA'S. Another example of their handiwork. Excellent brew!!!

Jan 13, 2021
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4.48/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by smackdanie from Illinois

Pours dark orange and thick like pulpy juice. The nose is tropical and dank. Light head, that laces well. Taste is a burn of hops up front, then pineapple. Nice hops through the sip, but the initial burn is a little off putting. Mouth feel is decent, but not as thick as expected from the pour. I may sit in this a few weeks and see what happens with a little age bc this dropped yesterday.

Update: 2 weeks later this beer is perfect! Wish I had stocked up, the hop burn is gone, the nose bloomed and and the mouthfeel has rounded out. I'm upgrading my scores overall.

Jan 08, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by kevanb from Illinois

16oz can, dated 01.05.2021, poured into a stemless wine glass.

The beer pours a very hazy golden straw color, orange hues with a foamy white head that offers good retention and yields excellent swatches of soapy lacing. The aroma is nice, grassy, dank green hop, raw and oily with a nice pleasant floral character leads the way while there is a pleasant fruit and berry layer that really comes to life as this warms and plays nicely with a soft dough and sweet yeast finish. The flavors are good, grassy and dank hops jump out of the glass, raw green hop leaf, resinous and moderately bitter yields to a soft wildflower bouquet and a thicket of fresh picked berries, a hint of citrus and tropical puree sit on a bed of doughy grain, mineral water and sweet yeast. The mouthfeel is good, coating and creamy with a full medium body that finishes easily with a lightly dry bite.

Verdict: A nice IPA from Hop Butcher. A very interesting mix of hoppy flavors that focus more on the grassier elements with a more pronounced berry fruit flavor rather than a more common tropical and citrus dominated offering.

Jan 08, 2021
4.21 by TheRock7755 from Georgia on Oct 03, 2020
4.63 by RMelyon from Illinois on Jul 10, 2020
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4.03/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by mntlover from Tennessee

Pours a murky yellow almost like pineapple juice colored but with little more haze. Head is thumb sized with aggressive pour not quite off white but closer then white, white. leaves some good lace behind.

Aroma is lighter fruitiness lots of melon, pineapple, tangerine, lemon with some grassy notes for bitterness. Malty ifs bread like almost doughnut like as its sweet and blends with the light fruitiness nicely.

Taste is like the nose light and fruity, good fruity notes on a nice malt base. Pretty much a good NEIPA wouldn't consider this to be imperial anything. Solid beer in a style that is way over done now a days. Hard to give it bad marks just wish for a touch more bitterness.

Mouthfeel is spot on medium with carbonation that is peppy but more mellow in the finish, well done.

Overall eh not bad can't really knock it for anything, definitely had worse in this style.

Jun 28, 2020
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4.46/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by REVZEB from Illinois

Thanks Nick for the can! Super hazy yellow body with a tight pearl white head with beautiful thick lacing. Smells of orange, pineapple, mango, melon, lemon, and decently dank grassy hops. Taste is sweeter yet more vibrant, like a nectar of tropical and citrus fruit before the hops tame the palate and cut the sweetness, with some pithy grapefruit helping too. Feel is hazy with some dankness, refreshing with the fruit feel, and creamily smooth, well balanced medium body.

Jun 20, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by titty_mcbitty from Tennessee

A: This has a lovely appearance - pours bright yellow/orange with absolutely no light coming through and has a sticky white compact head. Just a classic-looking NE IPA.

S: Melon, citrus, orange.

T: Melon rind, orange candies, grapefruit. Hop bitterness and grapefruit linger on the tongue. It's very floral and soft. Very juicy.

M: This one's kinda heavy actually - not like a stout or anything, but it drinks like a pulpy orange juice without the pulp. It goes down very softly and smoothly.

O: Great beer, not blowing my socks off. I really like this one and would buy again. It's unique in flavor and does not disappoint. If the thickness was toned down just a bit it would earn more points. Otherwise I like it a lot.

Jun 16, 2020
4.26 by Chilmer from Iowa on Jun 15, 2020
4.43 by Eric_T_07 from Illinois on Jun 14, 2020
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4.36/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

It’s been a while since I was really blown away by a hazy IPA (which this clearly is, despite the categorization, unless we’re lumping NE IIPAs into the imperial IPA bucket — I’m grading it as a NE IPA). But this one did it, both on initial experience with it and in subsequent cans over the course of a little over a month. Really amazing beer that hits triples and home runs across the sensory spectrum.

Look is pure light pulp OJ, with heavy haze, lightness on the edges, and murk in the middle. A huge multi-finger head falls to a thin film quickly, though a half-finger of bright white bubbles can be reproduced with a few swirls. Some spotty lacing down the glass.

Big, bold aromas of candied orange, dank greens, honeysuckle, peach, mango, grape musk, lemon peel, mixed berries, pineapple, and honeydew. Perhaps a little crackery malt, but this one is all fruits and grass. Comes off as more citrus and stone fruit than tropical, but there’s certainly an overall exotic tropical fruit vibe. Truly fantastic, and it evolved amazingly between my first can in mid-June and last can in late-July. No fall off to speak of.

Flavor profile comes amazingly close to keeping up with the nose, but isn’t quite as complex and a tiny amount of starchy “greeness” knocks it down just a hair. Fortunately the moderate fruit sweetness balances out that sharp greenery well. I don’t know if lactose is used in this beer, but the sweetness on the tongue and lushness of the feel have that kind of characteristic. Either way, it’s wonderful. Citrus, stone fruit, and berry heavy, only here it’s more of a muddled fruit salad experience (not necessarily a criticism) than nuanced layer upon layer like the nose. There’s a nice, pithy grapefruit element that balances the sweetness well. Aftertaste is mildly sweet with a nice shot of bitterness lurking behind it. I could drink this all day long.

Feel is incredibly smooth and soft. Typical velvety mouthfeel with all the particulate, though the beer itself isn’t sticky or thick. Goes down so easy.

Jun 14, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by stortore from Illinois

16 ounce can into a tulip snifter. Canned 1/14/20, had 1/23/20.

Looks like foamy orange juice. The pour yields a two and a half inch creamy foam head with great retention and lots of foamy lacing. Aromas of orange as suggested in the tasting notes on the can, light lemon, some lactose- although none was used. Smells grassy- real grassy, and lightly dank. Flavors of orange, some melon, cream, some lemon, not as grassy as the aroma but a little more earthy. Has a modest hop bitterness that lingers on the finish. Smooth, refreshing, somewhat creamy, a solid lighter body, well carbonated.

Don’t pick up the other suggested tasting notes- cotton candy or a berry medley, but what I do pick up is awfully tasty. Like many of their offerings, this is pretty straightforward but just really well done. Well worth a purchase if it comes around again.

Apr 06, 2020
4.44 by Dark_Scarecrow from Virginia on Mar 16, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a one pint can on January 17, 2020. Double India Pale Ale brewed with Mosaic and Mosaic Cryo hops. Hazy and juicy.

Mar 04, 2020
5 by doctorgary from New York on Mar 04, 2020
4 by jschott75 from Illinois on Mar 04, 2020
4.25 by akk14 from Illinois on Feb 23, 2020
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4.53/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by 5toutman75 from Illinois

I’m surprised this is t getting better ratings and coming in as one of the better HB offerings. Maybe I’m just a mosaic super fan. I’m liking the fruit and bitterness equally and will need to buy it again once it’s out. Wish I could have 1 more to drink next to Double Grid coming out next week which is my favorite HB IPA. Don’t pass on this one.

1/5/21 canning consumed 1/11/21
This second batch is just so good?! How is this not one of their best rated beers? Don’t ever miss this one.

Feb 12, 2020
4 by crobinso from Colorado on Feb 08, 2020
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4.27/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by WoodBrew from Ohio

A former teammate of mine brought a can of this beer up to another teammate of mine house in Wisconsin for the Eagle River Pond Hockey tournament. It poured a hazy yellow with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent had dank tropical fruit notes. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with tropical fruit loveliness. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a solid beer.

Feb 07, 2020
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4.21/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by michaelsmith11 from Illinois

My first beer after a dry January. I liked this one. It was bight , tropical and juicy with some citrus, and slight sweetness. Up front there were some nice juicy tropical notes with some mango standing out. It also had a little bit of earthiness to it. It had a nice dry finish with some bitterness and a touch of sweetness.

Feb 07, 2020
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3.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by barnzy78 from Illinois

16oz can, PKG 1/14/20 Unda the Sea. Cloudy yellow-orange body with a tall & frothy ivory head that leaves thick, chunky lacing on the glass. Mosaic hop aroma: lemongrass, chive, grapefruit pith, earthy pine. Hop forward flavors render lemon-lime, grapefruit, pine, guava, chive, grass, and faint berry. Full & creamy body is zesty and resinous, moderate carbonation, and moderately bitter finish. A fine single hop NE style DIPA as expected from Hop Butcher.....

Jan 30, 2020
4.4 by vabeerguy from Virginia on Jan 26, 2020
4.03 by dexterk1 from Illinois on Jan 23, 2020
4.14 by TomFoolery_x from Illinois on Jan 22, 2020
4.11 by stanale from Illinois on Jan 20, 2020
4.17 by BeerLover99 from Illinois on Jan 19, 2020
4.28 by xdtfx from Illinois on Jan 19, 2020
4.55 by brewskis from Indiana on Jan 19, 2020
4.28 by Gambyt20 from Illinois on Jan 17, 2020
Lord Octopus from Hop Butcher For The World
Beer rating: 94 out of 100 with 42 ratings