Bert Grant's Hopzilla IPA | Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales

Bert Grant's Hopzilla IPABert Grant's Hopzilla IPA
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Bert Grant's Hopzilla IPABert Grant's Hopzilla IPA

Brewed by:
Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Gusler on 02-01-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 77
Photo of BrewMaster
4.8/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Poured from a bomber into a 25 oz. crystal sniffer. The bottle had a long story on the back explaining the legend of Hopzilla. Funny and interesting reading while I drank my beer. the beer pours a bright, nearly glowing orangish color with a big frothy white head on top. This is a really pretty beer in the glass.

Smell: Beautifully complex aroma with scents of orange, pineapple, douglas fir. There is also a nice malty aroma that is hardly detectable at the end of the scent. If they made this aroma into perfume I'd make my wife wear it.

Taste: Nice hop bitterness right up front but it's not overdone. I am not a hop head so I need something more in a beer besides overwhelming hoppiness. There are floral (lillies?) notes and pine notes as well. The beer is rather resin-like as the hop oils coat my mouth. It's very tasty and well balanced. There's some sweetnes at the end of the flavor that is sort of like confectioner's candy suger.

Mouthfeel: Velvety because it is properly carbonated. I appreciate that. Smooth, clean and yummy.

Drinkability: This is one of the best IPAs I've had in a long time. Perhaps I have been IPA-deprived, but I really like this beer. Hot damn it is tasty.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.38/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Particulate-littered, bright, brassy orange with a wonderful IPA head of sun-faded (sun-melted) creamsicle orange. Densely creamy and more than a little sticky, the head remains chiseled as it drops and leaves meandering pseudopods of baby Swiss cheese-like lace.

A simple, direct, but splendidly hoppy nose. It screams 'Cascade' and I'm all ears. I never tire of this hop and it's bright, sparkling, orange/grapefruit/lemon citrusiness. Not much else to say---it's classic Cascade and it's a humdinger.

Let your eyes wander up to the first sentence of the previous paragraph and substitute the word 'flavor' for 'nose'. Wonderously citrus zesty with no shortage in the taste or the bitterness departments. Firm smack of pungeant white grapefruit pith and spruce boughs that reaches a crescendo mid-mouthful and then slowly trails off into the bittersweet horizon.

Just enough malt on-hand to keep a loose rein on the bucking hops. I seem to have stumbled into a Wild West motif despite the fact that Godzilla is a Far East beast. Hopzilla however, is a far (North) West creation. For a laugh, check out the lyrical RoyalT's homage to Blue Oyster Cult in his review of this beer.

Medium-to-slightly full mouthfeel with plenty of sticky, sappy mouth-coating goin' on. I find myself discounting all considerations of body (wonderful) and carbonation (near-perfect) when assessing the degree of drinkability. This stuff is so damn tasty that the 'how badly do you want another?' question is the only one under consideration at the moment. Good news: I want another very badly. Bad news: this is my only bottle.

I haven't been overly impressed with Bert Grant's <anything> in the past (with the exception of his Perfect Porter). Hopzilla though is a killa' of an IPA. Quality ingredients with a strong malt backbone and bargeloads of hops---a recipe that works every time. This bomber has satisfied my 'hop jones' for the moment, but the hell of it is, it'll be back on my back like a rabid monkey before the sun has set.

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Photo of far333
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy honey colored with an off-white head that is reluctant to rise up, but settles out right away. Aroma is fresh and clean, citrusy hops, a little floral. Flavor is initially malty, followed by sweet citrus hops, like I'm sucking on a tangerine. There is some bitter piney hops as well, followed by a bitter orange peel finish. The top of the tongue tingles while sweet malts rise up in the aftertaste and then even out to pine bitter. Mouthfeel is initially watery, but tingly carbonation rolls across the tongue. Thanks to my pal Petie for giving me the bottle.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

maybe the hoppiest 5%er ever

clear orangey amber with crisp attitude and a slight gathering of some bubbles and carbonation on the surface. leaves some thin lacing in its wake. smell is very floral and malty.. hops bringing spice over tart citrus. reminds me of lagunitas ipa almost immediately. taste is fresh and botanical.. very light body... doesn't limit the bitterness though, as that comes through in spades. the licorice and bitter parts carry a smooth, sweet honey maximizing flavor and drinkability. this is my kind of IPA although admittedly it doesn't score well with big time hop heads. IMHO the caramel and honeysuckle flavors complement hopping more than additional hops.

a nice brew for sure.

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Photo of beerceller99
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale orange color color with a decent two finger head. Incredible hop / bud cousin pine resin smell. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Nice malty grain taste with a relatively mild (considering the smell ) hop taste. Finishes with a tasty hop burp.
A nice fresh hop taste here without being overly bitter.
Very good.

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Photo of beersarang
4.13/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a copper with a nice frothy white head. Leaves some generous lacing down the sides of the glass.

Smells citrucy, floral, much like cascade. This brew is certainly going to be hoppy.

A nice malt presence, a little biscuty, but then the hops come in and dominate and finish the brew out. Citrusy hops don't actually contribute as much bitterness as you would expect, rather the hop quality of the beer is what makes the flavor so nice. Bitterness is moderate, hop flavor is HUGE.

Medium bodied with great pale ale carbonation. Drinkable, and great. I will buy this again.

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Photo of shippos
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

22oz bottle, poured a pale hazy honey wheat color with a small white head. hoppy flowery aroma, tons of hops and grapefruit, lots of citrus some malt in the back. very hoppy resiny taste, this is just loaded with hops but isn't really that bitter despite the labeled 90ibu's. excellent malty center and a great mouthfeel, not to sweet and cloying just enough to fight off some the hops. very very drinkable

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Photo of SheepNutz
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bomber poured into a nonick pint glass. It pours a brilliant slightly hazy orange color with two large fingers of foam. There's a good amount of lacing left down the sides of the glass. The smell is slightly hoppy and has a bit of citrus, but it's rather light. The taste is chock full of citrusy hops. Lots of hop flavor coming through at first under a good malt base, and the finish has a splash of bitterness. The mouthfeel is the thickest I've ever had in a regular IPA. It's super chewy, I'm lovin' it. Weighing in at 5%, this brew is very drinkable as well. A big thanks to Chris for bringing me this bottle, I really enjoyed it.

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Photo of Troyone
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy apple juice color with an orange hue, minimal head, and some carb action.

A light toasted caramel smell with grass/resin and grapefruit/lime hops.

Taste has a sweet light acidic/bitter caramel malt with lots of hops (not the type that jump); grass, resin, grrapefruit, and lime with hints of vanilla and cola.

Light body, dry slightly syrupy texture, soft carbonation, and a slight metallic finish.

An IPA session beer, doesn't quite live up the name but good for a session.

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Photo of Reidrover
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ok I think Bert Grants has been going down hill for some time ,though they do have a good beer or two ( Fresh Hop Ale is a personal fav).
So maybe they have turned it around with this one, as their original IPA is quite weak.
Well its off to a good a start in the glass, typical dark orange with nice carbonantion strings and a smallish pure white head..greeat lace.
Surprisingly for Grants the aroma is "tres hoppy", very spicy and sherberty,very nice.
Again the taste is mostly resinous hopiness, though there is a brief show of malt sweetness at the first sip, nice bitter finish.
Very pleasant on the palate, nice.
Very drinkable stuff and at 5.0 might make a good strong session ale( well upper reaches of "session" ale).

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Photo of ZAP
4.09/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oddly enough a strong vanilla/hazelnut nose...Outstanding...some floral notes but big on the hazelnuts...Not sure what hops eminated this smell but I like it ....light orange color...little head....relatively flat mouthfeel...90+ IBU's but you'd never guess it...seems more of an APA....a little nice piney bitter finish to it...nicely balanced with some caramel maltiness...the hazelnut/vanilla is nowhere to be found on the taste.

Perhaps my expectations were too high....I expected something special....instead I got "good'....would score extremely high as an APA but as an IPA it seems to lack top end qualties....still worth trying...and the deeper I drink into this 22 ouncer the more I like it...let it warm up...some nice caramel sweetness emerges as does a stronger hop profile

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Photo of francisweizen
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Orange-golden with a nice head of thick white foam. Aromas are of fresh floral, citrusy hops, and biscuity malts as well. Taste is hoppy, but not as hoppy as I would like from a brew called hopzilla. The middle is biscuity, and the finish is dry and slightly acidic as well. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and drinkability is pretty good as well. Nice? sure, but hopzilla? No!

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Photo of carln26
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bomber, hazy copper color with a decent off white head. Bouquet of floral and citrus from the hops. No malt in the nose. The taste has a great hop bite and a nice floral character. More citrus through the middle of the drink with just a slight hint of malt on the back. Light mouth feel and a great drinkability. Nice beer. This translates nicely into the bottle, unlike the Fresh Hop.

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Photo of arizcards
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a bomber at Papagp Brewing Company back in November for $3.99.

Pours a nice cloudy orange, leaving a broken lacing down my glass. Nose is of classic IPA-floral hops and citrus, with a hint of buttery malts. Taste is of malts with a huge citrus hop finish. Mouthfeel is a tad bit thin but classically bitter on my palate. Overall drinkability is near perfect because of the ABV. This is the first session IPA I have come across and ya gotta like it!

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Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after its release from the 22-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a beclouded orange-amber color with a prosperous head that is semi-creamy in texture and the color a light tan with the resultant lace a thick obscuring blanket upon the glass. Nose is citrus like in its crispness, the aroma of hops dominate with a nice earthiness from the yeast and a malt sweetness, start is slightly sweet with an excellent grain profile, the top middling in its affect on the palate. Finish is powerfully hopped, spicy and tart with the acidity moderate, quite dry aftertaste and a fine representative to the style.

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Photo of Naes
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden / orange in color with a large frothy white head.
The aroma is of citrusy and piney hops.
Its flavor lives up to its name, another hop monster. Though, I must add that there is a definite malt character in the mix as well. Pine and grapefruit add to the bitterness that is dominant in this brew.
Mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and is generously carbonated.

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Photo of gimmehead
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: hazy brown-orange, fluffy white head

Smell: floral and citric grapefruit hop aroma, some toasted malts underneath

Taste: big grapefruit hops, some piney notes, spicy, very little malt character

Mouthfeel: oily slick

Drinkability: decent IPA, though a little subdued and maybe unbalanced, not as drinkable as say, Two Hearted

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is good, but not great. It has a nice pale malt scent that is the base along with some nice floral hop notes. This says Hopzilla, but it is weaker in the aroma than most American IPA'a. The taste is quite bitter, but it is mellowed out by the malty core. It is really smooth and goes down quick. It has a nice hoppy finish that is pleasant and not at all overpowering. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a fine IPA, but it's not the best I've had. I was expecting something more powerful because of the name. This is better than their regular IPA. Oh well, it still drinks well.

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Photo of rkhaze
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a good creamy/foamy head that leaves nice lace.
Clean citrus rind and sweet earthy malt smells. Pretty basic.
Grapefruity resinous hops upfront in the flavor. Sweet malt, some fruit and a tinge of caramel briefly show up and then the bitterness really takes over. Finishes dry and a little soapy with a hint of pine needles. Certainly focused on the hops.
Medium bodied with a full, faintly oily mouthfeel and good carbonation.
Good clean flavors and low ABV make for excellent drinkability.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appaearance – This beer is a nice, hazy, hoppy-looking orange in color but had a small, modest Mothra-type head.

Smell – The smell here was a three-pronged Ghidra aroma of pine, citrus, and floral. It was very complex and pleasing.

Taste – The light, toasty malts that I couldn’t find in the nose came out nicely at the tongue. The hops made it here as well, keeping this one balanced.

Mouthfeel – This IPA is medium-bodied with some sugary sweet candy notes that will curdle your taste buds. There’s also a refreshing dryness at the finish that I enjoyed.

Drinkability – I seem to have liked this better than some of the other BAs. It didn’t live up to the overused “Hopzilla” monicker but was a solid offering from a usually disappointing brewery.

Comments – Thanks to Growl(er)zilla (skyhand) for getting me this bottle of tasty brew.

Go, go, Growlzilla.

She gets on the road, and will soon come around,
to your growler-deprived, macro-swillin’ little town.
She’ll take a drive near, or road trip to afar,
as she waves to the folks, at the end of the bar.

Go, go Growlzilla.

She picks up a bus, and throws it back down,
as she makes her way back, to the NW Puget Sound.
Don’t look at her cross, don’t get in her way,
or this two-fisted growler drinker’s, gonna make your ass pay.

Go, go Growlzilla.

History shows, again and again,
how Bud, Mich, & Miller, expoit the weakness of men.

Go, go Growlzilla.

History shows, again and again,
Growlzilla rules alone, and none can contend.

Go, go Growlzilla.

History shows, again and again,
we can look at our growlers, to see where Kim has last been.

Go, go Growlzilla.

History shows, again and again,
skyhand's the real deal, all others pretend.


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Photo of CBFanWish
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Today I went to MacGregor's for lunch and ended up with Hopzilla. As a red blooded beer drinking hophead, the name really caught my attention. 90 IBU's is nothing to shake a stick at either.
Pouring a hazy, unfiltered straw colour with a thick white head, it actually looked more like an unfiltered hefe to me. But that's not really a problem. It looked like a beer with something to prove.
As I lifted the glass, I got a strong aroma of freshly cut grass with a touch of a citric acidy nose.
Oh yeah, there are hops in that bad boy.
The taste is interesting to say the least. Grassy with strong undertones of grapefruit and lime. It was well balanced with enough malt to sooth the hoppiness.
An easy beer to drink. Smooth and refreshing with the perfect amount of carbonation. I had a second one when my bacon and brie burger came out.
A lunch fit for a king.

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Photo of freed
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Special thanks to Doug (pop-in-law) for getting some of this for us. Talk about a surprise delivery.

From a 22oz sample bottle, it poured a deep hazy straw with just the slighted red hues when held at certain angles to the light. There was no head, but a slight fuzz on top. The carbonation was somewhat weak, but I'd expect that considering the circumstances.

The aroma was strong and grassy, like a centennial or other strong bittering hop. Thoughts of bales of cut alfalfa come to mind. The taste has a similar hop presence to the aroma - big grassy hop which sticks to the palate. Its a domineering flavor, and there is enough malt body backing it up to not make too much.

It drinks well, and has that intense hoppiness that makes me just salivate for more. Fortunately I have more. I'll probably update this once its a bit older. I really hope to try it on cask when in Yakima.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer has been sitting in the back of the fridge for a while, so I thought it was about time to drink it. It pours a nice golden amber color with a finger of head that falls to give a healthy coat over the beer. The nose is caramel and pine, as is the flavor. There is a nice sweet bitter left in the aftertaste as well. The hop lends a peppery character to this as well. I dig it. The feel is a touch thin for an IPA in my book. Drinkability is pretty good on this one as well. I will have no problem putting away the bomber myself. Well rounded beer. Worth a look if you ask me.

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Photo of Billolick
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap @ the Ginger man in NYC. This grant creation poured and orangy cloudy shade of amber. White puffy head, with streams of bubbles rising to the top. Left tons of lacing and sheets of lacing. Hoppy nose, with a nice crunch of hops up front on the palate. Grainy, piney, drying hops cayy the day here. Out of balance, but I like it, and other hop lovers will to. Nice hoppy, fresh AIPA.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - light orange amber. Large head, cream-colored with thick lacing as it recedes.

Aroma - sweet citrus aromas and some grain coming through as well. Light but pleasant.

Taste - sweet citrusy hops, turning more piney at the swallow. Turns more like grapefruit at the finish. Overall, a good bitter and sweet balance, I like it.

Mouthfeel - I think the malt lends body, though not much evidence in the taste. Creamy, smooth, most palatable.

Drinkability - low abv, but drinks bigger. Good stuff, but maybe HopMothra would be a better name, this is too tame and sweet for the bigger venue.

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Bert Grant's Hopzilla IPA from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Beer rating: 49.4% out of 100 with 77 ratings
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