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Hudson Valley Brewery

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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #517
Ranked #4,156
4.34 | pDev: 6.22%
Hudson Valley Brewery
New York, United States
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Notes: Holy Icon (8%) is a Sour DIPA w/ raw wheat, malted oat, milk sugar, passionfruit & vanilla beans, hopped w/ Mosaic & El Dorado.
Reviews: 7 | Ratings: 32
Photo of npolachek
4.23/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cloudy yellow straw color solid lacing. Tastes of grapefruit, citrus. Smooth and sour aftertaste. Good hops combo in the beer. Great for summer. Tasty.

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Photo of Boccu
4.42/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Great color. I’m the furthest thing from a sour fan. That said. Hudson valley has really changed my mind. These guys are killing it. Great IPA sour. Look forward to more from them.

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Photo of CHickman
4.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Split a crowler that was canned 12/16/17, it pours cloudy gold brown color with a small off white head that faded in average time and left minimal spotty lacing.

Smells of grapefruit, apricot, honey, green apple, orange juice, vanilla, peach, Razzles candy, wet cardboard, barnyard funk and sour grapes or cranberry juice. Very complex and hard to distinguish all the elements of the aroma, but I find it very pleasing and fruity. Really different.

Let me start off by saying this is classified as a DIPA but could be in the sour category just as easily. That being said, this is the most unique and cutting edge flavor I've had in a very long time. A lip smackingly good combo of sour notes and tangy fruit, I tasted all of what I got in the nose with the additions of tangerine, pineapple, cherry, pear, graham cracker, light caramel or toffee, bubblegum, melon, passion fruit and dry floral hops. The vanilla and barnyard funk show up at the end to close the show with a ton of lingering fruity dynamics.

I didn't want to finish the last sip as it got more interesting with each tasting. Mouthfeel was incredibly smooth for a sour IPA with 8% ABV. This is the type of brew that moves craft beer in a new direction, an outstanding accomplishment by Hudson Valley and a very high recommendation - seek this out.

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Photo of jhavs
4.22/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Can poured into snifter. Pours full haze creamy yellow, slightly golden tint. Thin foamy head.

Aroma is passion fruit, sweet citrus, vanilla, fruit loops.

Flavor is tart and creamy, vanilla under a passion fruit flesh base.

Soft less than moderate carbonation and smooth and creamy medium body.

Interesting brew, sweet and tart but also creamy and smooth.

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Photo of orcrist_cleaver
4.56/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A: This very may be the epitome of the smoothie/shake IPA. The color is impressive...deep and mottled gold. The head and lacing--none to speak of.

S: Vanilla bean guava confetti cake, vanilla poached pears, deeply ripened Bing cherries on top of vanilla sorbet; the paradigm being vanilla.

M: The lactose and oats make for an exceptionally smooth, med-full, and rounded body. Even has some warming characteristics after a few minutes.

T: Over the Summer I had a Fruit Loops milkshake from BurgerKing, and this concoction isn't that far off in its tropical cacophony except it has a tang of passionfruit, orange and watermelon Pez, and classic tart yogurt; and, somehow that transforms this into something melodious. Pine, mango, and lemon ice round out the flavor.

O: In three words, vanilla passionfruit yogurt.

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Photo of Billolick
4.18/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Tall can from the brewery a week ago

Heavily clouded, minor head

Fruit laden nose

Interesting brew with sweet, sour, hoppy notes abounding....melding together somehow into a tantalizing melange...interesting, complex, different ....well worth a try...these guys are making delicious beer and pushing the envelope with every batch

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Photo of avas
4.58/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Jesus this thing looks like orange juice. Not in the way that beer looks like juice, but in the way that juice looks like juice. Murky and thick, a glowing yellow/orange in the glass with just a thin layer of head that dissipates to nada. Juice.

S: Wildly passionfruit forward. Real, raw passionfruit, juicy flesh and earthy seeds and all. Doesn't express as tart as smelling an actual passionfruit would, but the essence is there. Supported by lotsa sweet citrus (orange concentrate, following the appearance) and floral, woodsy tones (wildflowers, maybe some lavender?? idk..). Sweetness emerges further--along with some vanilla--as it warms. Aroma really explodes out of the glass.

T: Intense and concentrated. Passionfruit bomb, of course--follows with similar tart, earthy, almost funky passionfruit (though that bit of funk could be from the Mosaic hops). But there's also a ton of sweet sweet orange, vague tart purple and red fruits, and something reminding me of a kiwi custard? Definitely custard-like as it warms, as the vanilla starts to shine a bit more. Really hard to pick out individual notes because of how much is going on, but it kinda all comes together in this melange of tart-fruit-flavored powders and candies with a sprinkle of somethin' earthy/funky. Finishes with medium+ bitterness--woodsy and herbal, distinct of El Dorado hops--which works very well to cut intense sweetness.

M: Medium weight with soft, medium carbonation. Quite tart, but simultaneously pretty sweet and chalky like Smarties candy, but as mentioned above, balanced by a healthy dose of bitterness (really perceived by that woodsy El Dorado contribution). Not significantly thicker or heavier than the lower ABV sour IPAs, but certainly more impactful on the palate/nose. While it doesn't finish too sweet, there is a lingering chalky feeling on the tongue that I sometimes get in these heavily lactose'd beers--hence my lower rating in this field.

O: Another mind-bendingly awesome beer from HVB and proof that they can scale the sour IPA style up in ABV while preserving that wonderful sweet/tart/bitter balance they strike in singles. The passionfruit expression in this beer is about as good as one could hope for, and it seems to work quite well with the blend of sweet, candied, and tart fruit flavors coming from the hops. This beer packs a ton of strong punches, but I'm just not QUITE sure they fuse together as harmoniously as those in their other offerings. It's fun and impactful, but the chalkiness of the lactose in the feel really builds as I near the end of this can, which some may find a bit unpleasant. That being said, in a crowded field of DIPAs, this really stands out and, if I were to guess, will improve with some time as the passionfruit note mellows out. Worth seeking out for SURE!

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Holy Icon from Hudson Valley Brewery
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 32 ratings