Homo Erectus | Walking Man Brewing Co.

Homo ErectusHomo Erectus
BA SCORE
73.7%
Liked This Beer
4.02 w/ 118 ratings
Homo ErectusHomo Erectus
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Walking Man Brewing Co.
Washington, United States
walkingmanbeer.com

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by freed on 09-04-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#4,957
Reviews:
52
Ratings:
118
Liked:
87
Avg:
4.02/5
pDev:
11.44%
Alströms:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
15
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 118 |  Reviews: 52
Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

Photo of Kurmaraja
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%

Photo of DrBier
4/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Orangey amber brew with plenty of white foam in the New Belgium snifter. Peculiar aroma makes me thing of very old oranges. Sharp and spritzy mouthfeel.

Quite bitter and hot with hop oils. My lips are burning. Grapefruit peel. Sweet and fruity with flavors of peach and wet wood.

Interesting but really intense. More pain than pleasure. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Elizabeth Station in Bellingham.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

First had: on tap at their brewpub

Poured a slightly hazy coppery orange with a small cap of white head that left some doily lacing. Aroma loaded with piney hops. The taste reinforced the piney hops of the smell as the dominant factor, with undertones of citrus. Dry and bitter in the finish, with some alcohol burn. Medium-bodied, and quite drinkable, but can be a palate-killer in larger quantities. Which is okay, if this is all your drinking tonight.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.79/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rab53
3.42/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, pale orange appearance, huge frothy creamy-toned head...leaving loads of lace...

Piney, citric aroma, bittersweet, fresh and delighfully hoppy.

Zesty in the mouth, flush with fruit, creamy and delicious. Fine and mellow hop attack, blasts the tongue, but smoothly. Very smoothly, but then the flavor gets stronger, fuller, more prominent on the palate. Grapefruit grinds it up with berries, lemon, orange, mixed well with bitter hops.

Medium bodied, fullish mouthfeel, long finish, fruity and bitter and ever so delicious. yum, and...9%? Wooo, here it comes...burns brighter, gets bolder, smacks the senses about a bit. Yums, yums...

lipsmacking bitter hoppiness, easy-drinking, but higher booziness...makes one big, bad, beautiful brew!

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Photo of LiquidAmber
4.04/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark bronze amber with a three finger light tan head with good retention and pillowy lacing, looks great. Nice aroma of caramel and bready malt, citrus and lightly piney hops, orange citrus. Flavor is rich caramel and biscuit malt, resiny citrusy and somewhat dank hops with hints of grapefruit and pine, finishes with very nice caramel mixed with hop resins. Great mouth feel, medium with a pleasant creaminess. A quite intensely hopped IPA, but with a big malt body to support the hops. For all the hop flavors and power, suprisingly little herbal hop flavors. However the balance of rich malt and strong hops works out quite nicely. I like malty IPAs and this one hits the spot. Glad I got to try this now that they are bottling it.

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Photo of brandoman63
3/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of NickThePyro
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BillRoth
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Uber Tavern Seattle. Funny thing...this a wallop of a beer. Big, bright, huge aroma and flavor...but it was enjoyed as a session beer Yep...that's right. A real quaffer.
It started with the mouth feel. There was a huge flavor profile, but the very smooth drinkable carbonation melded with a full malt backbone...well, let's say it was a rich, satisfying drink. Granted, sitting in Uber with the fire pit and a cool, rainy night outside...it was a nice for contemplation and sipping. But in fact I was on Beer Safari with 3 bros, and everything was upbeat and let's do more, more, more...
the appearance is a rich yellow/amber with a smooth head, followed by righteous lacing. Aroma is full hoppy-ness, fresh and bright. Flavor rolls with citrus, slight mellow caramel, maybe a touch of banana. The mouth feel is sinful. Sinful! Soft, luxuriant...inviting....
Damn, I'm poppin down a full octane beer, but it seems like I'm sippin on a perfectly poured Brit Pale Ale.
Let's face it... there are many, many excellent IPAs...but not unlike PTY, this one stands out for the drinkability above and beyond the great flavor.
Hope you're lucky enough to have one poured on tap for you>

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Photo of John_M
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One could argue that this is the beer that has ruined me for lesser DIPA's. My palate has never been quite the same since I first sampled this hop nectar at the Rose & Raindrop years ago.

Had on tap at numerous places (HorseBrass, R&R and the brewpub in Stevenson), but most recently at Concordia Alehouse (where, along with the knuckledragger, it's almost a regular).

The beer pours an intriguing dark brown color with nuances of amber. The beer has a persistent head with sticky lacing everywhere. This does not look like your typical DIPA, but don't be fooled. This is a hop bomb ready to explode. On the nose one gets some dry citrus, earth and tobacco. There's a hint of sweet malt as well, but only a hint. The beer smells pretty good, but again not like any other DIPA I've had. On the palate this DIPA is unique. There is a huge mouthfeel/presence, and it doesn't have the usual piney, orange citrus flavors. There is considerably dry citrus bite from the hops, but this beer is amazingly smooth and quaffable. I don't know how Walking Man does it, but there is enough malt in this bad boy to counter and balance the hops, but without being overly sweet or tiring. The finish is pretty dry and is very long. The abv. is very well disguised in this beer, but it's more then just that. It's actually very refreshing on the palate and each gulp begs you to take the next gulp.

The most drinkable DIPA on the planet, IMO. Excellent and highly recommended.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
4.42/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Stopped at the brewpub today .... I was hoping to score some Jaywalker or Old Stumblefoot... but alas, they were no longer on tap.... I was able to talk the fine ladies working behind the bar to fill some 22's for me (I had sanitized bottles and caps with me and a capper.... I'm a nerd.... and I'm okay with that :-)

I am reviewing this one as a growler because it was off of tap.

I had a pint of the homo erectus at the pub and was pretty damn happy with it.. soooo... I want a beer.. one 22 down. Poured into my shaped SA glass.

Slightly hazy golden amber.. great head and lacing..

Nose is a fresh battering ram of PNW hoppiness.. pine and citrus.. but a surprising smack of floral hops are a nice distraction.. lite pale malts with only whiffs of caramel.. this just smells soooo fresh.

Flavor mirrors the nose with only a little bit more pale maltiness and with a bunch more juicy hops.. the citrus and pine are waaay up front with a more floral essence coming out on the finish... the malts are not an afterthought by any means.. instead more of a way to get the hops into the front of the palate.. the finish is fairly dry with a lingering hoppiness that sticks around and makes me want another sip... drinkability is really fairly high.. body is lite for such a heavy hitter, but really spot on for a nice dry PNW DIPA.. this one should certainly be considered for a place among the big boys.

Edit: I can't believe that I've never been to Walking Man before today.. for some stupid reason (mainly apathy), I've always just assumed they were somewhere up near Seattle.. instead, the are only a couple of minutes off of I-84 on the way home from PDX... They can count on seeing me anytime I make the trip.

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Photo of DucksFan16
3.47/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 02/14/2016.

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Photo of weeare138
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to hopdog for sharing this growler...
Appears a hazy dark copper with a small off white head that quickly fades into a mild cap and collar. Scattered spots of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of honey, pine, herbal hops, and caramel.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas with more of a floral & herbal flavor coming through with a touch of biscuits found in the background.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spicy, sweet...'tis ok.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a orangish gold color with good carbonation and a small white head

S: Flowers, pine and grapefruit.

T: Taste is well hopped, slight bite and very balanced, not overly done but a treat to drink! Grapefruit, floral and a tad pine. Caramel backbone

M: Mouthfeel has a medium body with a slick texture.

D: Very good!

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.74/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

SEP 7, 2014
Growler from ABV. Pouring a clear copper with a dense, off white head with excellent retention and very nice lacing, this looks great! The nose opens with a big blast of Cascade hops, citrus, chalky and moderately juicy. Candied grapefruit and citrus are present along with an intense pine oil aroma. Malt is moderate, caramel and bready in nature. The palate opens with an intense, pungent pinesol bitterness and flavor, massively resiny, immensely dank and hilariously over the top. Alcohol and sweetness are noticeable and add an intensity to the palate. Simple syrup, bread, caramel and a little burnt toast are noticeable. The mid palate has some of the citrus and fruit flavors with candied grapefruit, honeydew melon and orange peel. Mildly sweet and quite bitter on the finish, this beer is medium-full in body and softly carbonated. The booze, the bitterness and the sweetness make this a little difficult to drink a ton of. Decent stuff.

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4/5  rDev -0.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of dirtylou
4.37/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

on tap at Brouwers in Seattle

appearance: served in a pint during hopfest (an extraordinary surprise), bold orange body with a big foamy beige head and pretty nice retention...looks inviting

smell: zesty hops, pine and citrus, rather floral with a noticeable thick caramel malt base

taste: great DIPA...thick and chewy with strong bitter hops...apricot, grapefruit and other citrus and a big caramel malt base. This has a big oily finish with a varietal of fruit-jam flavors (citrus, peach, berry) - great DIPA

mouthfeel: huge body, thick and full, molassess and citrus

drinkability: good

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2.25/5  rDev -44%

Photo of RoyalT
4.67/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – The promise of a big, malty backbone looms large here. The body is a dark, creamy thick brownish-orange that supports an ample, foamy, lacing head.

Smell – The smooth citrus hops mix well with an underlying piney aroma. The sharp floral notes almost make this one seem dry-hopped. The big caramel-laden malty base is present in the nose as well.

Taste – This will be too much for most. The malt backbone in particular is drenched with unsulphored molasses. How I missed this at the nose I’ll never know. There’s also a stinging sense of alcohol. The ABV is not published but beware.

The hops fight back enough to stay in the game. The smooth citrus and complimentary pine are almost lost in the malty shuffle, though. They just do manage to stay on top.

Mouthfeel – Full in the body, hands down the fullest IPA I’ve had to date, with a creamy smooth middle and a bitter dryness at the end. There are so many flavors, all very big, that your cheeks and taste buds will go nuts (is the “kid in a candy shop” too worn out here). If you love big beers, though, your mouth will love you for drinking it.

Drinkability – This is too big for most beer-lovers, even those that fancy the PacNW IPA style. The ABV will take the social drinker to the mat. The huge malts will put off hop-heads. The bitter, dry finish will leave women and children crying. That said, I love this stuff.

Comments – Skyhand discovered, introduced me to, enticed me with, made me dependant on, and finally satisfied me with this “ultimate IPA” from an obscure brewery that I otherwise would have never found. BA Buds are the best!

Update – Since I loved the ’04 so much skyhand was nice enough to bring a growler over to my place for the 1st Annual NYC/Chi-town Pizza Cook Off. I found the beer very sessionable even with all of the big flavors. The excellent malt structure of this ale stood out a little more for me this time around. Overall this is one of my absolute favs.

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4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of DrMindbender
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

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Homo Erectus from Walking Man Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 73.7% out of 100 with 118 ratings
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