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

Bert Grant's Hopzilla IPABert Grant's Hopzilla IPA
77 Ratings
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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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear copper color ale with a small head with minimal retention. Aroma of strong floral hops is quite enjoyable. Taste is a weird mix between dry hops with weird sweet malt. I didn’t particularly enjoy the mix between the sweetness and the dry hops. I would have enjoyed more bitterness and a greater level of carbonation (the beer was almost flat). I wonder if I got a bad bottle or maybe this is just not for me.

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Photo of krberg
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Cloudy golden with a large pure white rocky head that leaves a lot of lace as it disappears.

Smells like dry-hopping.

Tastes like someone tried to cover a bad batch with bittering hops. Sour, but not in the nice (lambic) way. The hopping is very one dimensional and just not balanced well against the malt (and sourness).

Feels like a beer.

I can't drink this.

There are too many good IPAs on the market, don't waste your money with on one.

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Photo of oracle
2.91/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber served in a tradional english pint glass

This beer poured a cloudy medium to light brown, with decent 1 inch dense head that left moderate to heavy lacing.

Smell was pretty typical IPA fare, lots of heavy citrus and floral hops. However, something seemed to be missing, although I couldn't quite figure out what.

Once I took a sip, I figured it out. The flavor was missing. Lots of hop bitterness, but no real "flavor". No malt, no mild sweetness, nothing but bitterness.

This beer was disappointing. I'm going to be spending my monies on other IPAs

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Photo of Zorro
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear coppery gold colored brew. In fact this is almost exactly the same color as the old varnished pine cabinet work in my kitchen. It was gold when new but age has darkened it to a golden copper color.

Smell is clean and clearly malty. Hops are also present but don't overpower everything else in the glass. Pleasant citrus hop scent that is mild enough to let you smell a bit of toast and biscuit in the malt. I give this a little extra credit for maintaining a balance.

Taste is malty and mildly sweet with a strong hop flavor of citrus. Hop after taste is VERY bitter in the first taste. Grapefruit and lemon come through most in the hop. Bitterness in the aftertaste a bit too much for the body and malt level involved. Taste gets a bit metallic, probably from the bitterness firing all the taste buds all at once. This could have been done better with a hop mix and more dry hopping and less high alpha acid hops.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Drinkability? Not really in my book. This is a balls to the wall hop monster all right. It is unbalanced and very quickly becomes a pain, like a little kid that discovers curse words and starts repeating that one word over and over again for shock value. This beer knows only one word too "BITTER" aftertaste. I would suggest the maker cut back on the High Alpha acid hops and dry hop more with several varieties to add flavor and aroma without harsh bitterness.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber.

A - A slightly cloudy light orange. Not much of a head to speak of ... sparse lacing in the glass.

S - Not nearly as hoppy as I has anticipated or hoped, with a name like Hopzilla. Predominantly malty in aroma. Slight floral notes.

T - Hmm. A little homebrewy, with really pretty weak hop character. Slightly fruity, but not in a citrusy, tart way like I'd want from an IPA. Despite the name, this one is nothing to be afraid of ... if you're a hophead, you'll be underwhelmed.

M - Really too thin. No punch, no bite, no astringency ... in a good way.

D - This is an easy drinker, because it's so tame. Maybe I was expecting to be throttled about the head and face with hop monster flavor, but the creature is hibernating apparently. Not worthy of the name. This is an average IPA in every respect. Nothing exceptional or over the top ... if you're a hop thrill-seeker, look elsewhere.

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Photo of Suds
3.11/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I’m kind of disappointed in this one…I’d been sitting on the bottle for a few weeks, in eager anticipation. It didn’t meet my expectations. Pours a very hazy, almost milky, yellow-orange color. The head is fairly thin and fizzy, producing almost no lace. The aroma is intense in a pine-tree-sap, lemon-pepper, oily hop way. Little yeast and meaty fruit underneath, but it just didn’t seem to come together for me. Taste is citrusy as well, without much malt to balance things. It’s not a bitter beer, and the finish seems more yeasty than anything. Interesting: yes. Would I have it again: not if I were buying.

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Photo of mschofield
3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange-amber topped with a one finger creamy light tan head, leaves bits of webbed lacing.
Perfume and citrus aroma, toast note.
Citrus (orange), flowery taste, toast, pine, but very bitter upfront but there isn't enough bitterness of the back of the tongue.
Medium-full bodied, ok drinkability but this just didn't do it for me, it was a lot weaker than the name and the supposed 90 IBUs promised.

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Photo of schemb
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another recent Grant's dissappointment (see my "FreshHop" Ale review) to me. Moderate hops flavor and aroma. I think they where shooting for "balance" - but if that is the case naming your beer after a giant lizard monster king is just false advertising (I have a similar problem with "FreshHop"). Paper City's ferocious Hop Monster could kick ass on this (and to be fair pretty much everythig else...I'm waiting for the Hop Monster Vs. Bigfoot episode coming soon) in its sleep, Hop Wallop's mule could take this one with a broke leg, forget about Brooklyn Monster - Brooklyn EIPA could out-hoppa this sucka...

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Photo of WanderingFool
3.18/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hopzilla pours a clear straw light amber with a creamy white head on top. A moderately hoppy aroma of pine and grapefruit hovers over the beer. However I found that it's not as strong of an aroma as other American IPA's that I've had.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is full of pine and citrus hop flavor. Surprisingly, there's some caramel malt notes in the background balancing out the hops. It finishes with an oily hop bitterness leaving some grassy notes behind.

This beer is definitely more hoppy than a regular IPA, however I found it more drinkable than other beers in its class. It's not overly bitter and doesn't "burn" as it goes down.

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Photo of DogFood11
3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The initial appearance was deep orange color and full bodied....Smell was pine hoppy with hints of caramel, nothing else I could make looked like a cup of juice after one head, minimal lacing, it looks almost apologetic. This to me is a beer that is trying to be a big IPA that is basically just a touch above a bitter pale and balanced with a sweet caramel backdrop. Citrus to acidic in the finish.

Notes: overall, this is reccomonded. Price is usually right.

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Photo of trancefishy
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served at 55 deg F. pours a pale yellow, tiny white head.

aroma is of some floral hops, no yeast or alcohol smells.

taste is of bitter hops. i'm used to a bit more balance, but, this is alright. it's not bad. i'm not picking up much else in the flavour.

mouthfeel is ok, medium body, it's satisfying.

this beer is OK. don't expect it to carry you screaming up to the top of 90 storey buildings though.

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Photo of fdrich29
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I think I picked this bottle up at Marty's Wine in Newton, Massachusetts.

OK so I've yet to be desensatized to marketing and names assigned to products. I like a nice, hoppy IPA. Something with the sack to call itself Hopzilla with a larger than life lizard like eye that has a hop bud in the center of the pupil, in my opion, must be a damn hoppy beer.

Not so much in this case.

You can't judge a book by it's cover, but you can certainly judge a beer by it's appearance, and this one was like an old paperback that didn't have it's front cover.

Looked more like an adjunct lager, I could practically see through the glass. The head disappeared quicker than Obi Wan Kenobi's body, although there were some encouraging rings of clingy lace.

Smell was weak, with some vanilla-ish tones and floral hops. Taste is sweet with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Fairly easy to drink if you can tolerate the lack of taste and body.

I'm all for trying new and different beers, but your hard earned dollars are better off on something else.

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Photo of taez555
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a white head with a bright orange/yellow body.

The nose was a mix of biscuit and some floral and citrus hop tones.

Light to medium bodied. It starts very mild with a big malt taste, then attacks you with the citrus and floral hop bitterness and flavor. A very clean taste from beginning to end. Not a big alcohol taste to it. A nice mix of hops and malt that blends well.

Overall I found this to be a very clean, clear, tasting IPA, but… so not worth it. It attempts to be a hop monster but falls well short of beers by other brewers like Stone. At the same time it’s too hoppy to qualify as a decent session beer. Basically it’s a wanna be stone without balls. I think I’ll pass next time.

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Photo of clvand0
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a golden color with a tall head that has nice retention and leaves some lacing on the glass. It smells hoppy - cascades most likely. Citrus and pine. The flavor isn't well balanced. It has a lot of hops, but the malts are too subdued. This is an ok beer, but it needs a lot more malt to balance it.

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Photo of gotbeer
3.3/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- This beer pours a nice amber gold with a decent head that will lace the glass nicely

S- This beer smells of one things- hops, and more hops. Some citrus and grassy aromas

T- The taste is like the smell. Lots of hops- citurs, piney, and grassy flavors. Very bitter. Somewhat unbalanced. This beer could use a little malt balance to even out the hop assault on your tastebuds.

M- The mouthfeel is decent. Maybe a little thin, but not bad.

D- I could drink several of these, but I think I would get a little bored with the lack of complexity.

Overall a beer a hophead would like, but might not be overwhelmed with. It needs balance. Worth a try, but probably won't become a staple of mine.

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Photo of lou91
3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I was excited when I first saw this since Grant’s was one of the first craft beers I ever tasted. I had never seen a 22oz from Grant’s and a Double IPA from hop country – what could be better. It sure looked good on the pour with a nice head and pleasant hop smells. Nice burnt orange opaque color like an unfiltered pale ale. The taste is not bad with some good hoppy sweetness and grapefruit hints. That tart grapefruit taste lingers way too long on the palate. Not a bad beer but not the great beer you would expect or hope given the source.

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Photo of Brent
3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Okay, if you are going to call a beer "Hopzilla," you better be ready to knock me on my butt with the hops. This beer was more like a guy in a rubber suit stomping around on toy cars than a towering monster. Not to say that the beer was bad, quite the contrary, it was very pleasant. The hopping was much more intent on aromatics than bittering, and the malt really was a bit thin - overall it just lacked horsepower. It reminded me of a hoppier version of their Fresh Hops Ale, but without the freshness.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

03/26/05- Purchased at Beverages and More in San Mateo, CA

Presentation- 22oz nice looking godzilla-esque designed bottle. No labeled date. Poured into my Duvel glass.

Appearance- Orange-yellow cloudy pour, nice 3/4 inch creamy head that evaporates over the next few minutes. Decent lacing.

Smell- Odd bitter scent for an IPA. Definite hops, but they had some funky mutant hops smell. Definite strong scent though.

Taste- Heavy on the hops in the pine department, but kinda lacing on the grapefruit. Very very hoppy and not much to be had in the malt. Aftertaste is the flavor of the acid you find in milk. It does mild out during the bottle though and gets a bit more drinkable.

Mouthfeel- Average carbonation.

Drinkability- As I said before, it gets more drinkable as it breathes. But, overall it's a pretty unbalanced IPA. Was expecting more from this one.

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Photo of smcolw
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very nice four-finger head with some excellent lacing properties. Clear light amber in color.

Beautiful fresh dry-hop aroma. The malt is not hidden, though, with a pale malt aroma blending in with the floral hop resins.

The taste is a little disappointing given the excellent start. There's a Kool-Aid quality to the malt flavors (sweet and fruity). The hop is extreme, like a strong double IPA without the raised alcohol level. It is omnipresent from sip to swallow to aftertaste, which goes on bitterly for at least a minute (sort of like too-hot wings). The body and carbonation are appropriate. Unfortunately, this one is too bitter to be on my regular drinking list of IPA's.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle Inspection: Marketing blurb mentions 90+ IBUs, I believe it.

Aroma: A mild hop aroma greets the nose. The hops are lightly grassy, not very strong.

Appearance: Light golden amber glass shows a think collar of off white that dies without lacing

Flavor: Grassy hops, mild malt, clean overall flavor. Taste is somewhat one dimensional but enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Oily, faintly dry with a medium texture

Overall Impression: Mild taste, clean, enjoyable but not intense. A sessionable IPA? This comes close. Glad I got the chance to taste it.
Hand carried back from CA.

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Photo of Mark
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer was more golden in color than other double IPA's I have had. Head retention and lacing were very good. I expected more of a piney aroma and frankly while some hop wafted up, it was surprisingly subdued. Decent taste profile, malty base was not overpowered by the hops. Of course I thought the hops were understated, so why call it Hopzilla? Some "regular" IPa's are hoppier and more flavorful. Not a bad beer by any means but I'm not dying to make it a regular in my rotation.

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Photo of RedDiamond
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A floral aroma, a thick, chunky head, and a golden body with lots of CO2 define the initial presentation of this self-described beer monster. At 90+ IBUs, there’s also an obvious buttload of hops in here. Initially this is not so overpowering as to smother the more floral nuances of the hop profile. But eventually, this lupulus compendium (I waited all week to write “lupulus compendium” Ahhhh…) this lupulus compendium (still good) does scorch the palate and denies the greater pleasures of the hop. Too much of a good thing…..

Bert Grant’s Yakima brewing operation is within fair proximity to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation where mutant fire breathing lizards are found in great abundance. I like mutant lizards, but I found Hopzilla’s flavor too bitter for my tastes. Hopzilla does have a full mouthfeel however, and the ale boasts great head retention. Also, the silk-screened bottle stands out as among the most distinctive in the Northwest.

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Photo of Bumpon10s
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours an orangey amber, with a head smaller than the ABV gives off.

S - Very fruity with the hops taking a back seat, no alcohol in the smell.

T - A light APA to say the least. A touch of light fruit with a graze of hops. No need to be cautious, drink up.

M - Water. Super thin APA, but at 5% ABV, it was a bit expected.

D - Well, it went down like water, but a bit unlike the style, could be better.

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a nice fluffy one and a half inch white head on top of a hazy pale golden straw colored liquid. Appears to be pretty well carbonated. Head retention is great. Lacing is quite sticky.

The smell isn't the most powerfully hoppy thing I've experienced in my life. At least not hoppy enough to justify the name of Hopzilla. If anything, the smell is more Maltra (Mothra). It does have a very distinguishing bitter hop aroma to it, though.

The taste is just barely above average for an IPA as well. It is well bittered, but lacks a clean citrusy dry-hopped taste. The malts are dominated by a coating bitterness. Has a very dry finish. Not one of the most drinkable IPA's I've had.

Thanks to axisjones for the bottle.

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Photo of merlin48
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bomber pours a chill hazed, orange amber body with an offwhite head that rises about one inch tall. Good retention and moderate amount of patchy lace on the glass. Aroma is all Cascades hops, with grapefruit and spruce pine. Mouthfeel is light medium bodied, with prickly carbonation and a resinous hops bite. Taste is rather one dimensional as pine hops bitterness bulldozes the underlying caramel malt. Citrus rind emerges as it warms, but the malts never are able to poke through. Aftertaste is long and bitter with pine resin. I haven't cared a lot for this brewery's offerings, but this one is decent if not spectacular. Still, it doesn't live up to the hype of the blurbs written on the bottle about its "legend", "triple hopping", etc.

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Bert Grant's Hopzilla IPA from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 77 ratings
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