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

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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

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Added by Gusler on 02-01-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 77 |  Reviews: 77
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 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 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 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 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 warriorsoul
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I probably should have enjoyed this one sooner...picked up in January, but I had too many others to try.
Pours a golden/orange...just shy of a full finger of white head forms but disappears all too quickly. Lacing is average looking brew so far.
The aroma is mostly zesty lemon, and citrus hops. I can detect some malt and a grassy presence. As it warms up, it has similarities to some barleywines...with cherries and spice coming through.
The taste is somewhat enjoyable, but has a very thin feel...not slick the way I would expect a "hopzilla" to hit me. I can taste the hops, but again...very tame. I am not detecting much bitterness, although the malt comes through in the aftertaste.
I could enjoy this offering, but doubt I'd pick it up again.

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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 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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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 Truh
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Battled Mothra and Rodan with this one on 10/28/2004. 1 pt. 6 fl. oz. bomber poured twice in a shaker glass.

Initial 1/8-inch head subsides to a halo and skein. Light golden hue, nearing amber, that includes a slight haze and some plentiful action. Meaty hop bouquet of tangerines, key lime, and cane sugar with some cloying, underlying malt. Interestingly, the hop monster thrashing left its trail of destruction at the tail end of the taste; the fruity esters start judiciously with the gentle malt character trying to shoulder its way through the party. Fascinating way this piles up to a hop crescendo. Medium bodied, quite drinkable, but with the name, perhaps gimmicky.

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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 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 granger10
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Hopzilla? That might be a bit of an overstatement. This beer pours an orangish honey color with a large dense white head. Smell is weak but quite floral and citrusy with some bready yeast notes. Flavor is really balanced, almost too balanced for what I was expecting. Starts out with a honey sweetness, grainy flavors hold the base of this beer. Hops are resiny and juicy but not really bitter. A good citrus kick in the end. The body's a bit watery which holds this beer back a bit. However, it's really drinkable and enjoyable, just not quite up to what I was expecting given the name. A good American IPA.

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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 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 Dukeofearl
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Is this really a hoppy beer? Well, I guess so (of course it is!). It's a hazy, lazy, hoppy, happy, beer that's just full of flavor. Is it good? Yes it is. Is it a great hoppy beer- I have enjoyed others more. The aroma is the best part of this beer. My criterion for hop monsters is to find crisp, clean, floral hops, rather than oily, piney, juniper-like hops. I just like them better. This one is more of the latter (although not as much as some), so it doesn't get my highest marks.

A nice change from the Belgian ales I usually drink.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a slick, painted 22oz bomber, it comes forth in a cloudy, tawny golden hue. Head is white, creamy to start, but quickly fades to a miniscule layer, and then it's really just a rim job with a smidge of lace. Aroma is vibrant and robust, a solid whack of citrus upside the head. Malt? A touch of toastiness, but that's really laid low by the hops. Checked in a bit less than medium for body, and it was overly foamy/bubbly on the tongue, though not to the point of being prickly. Taste? Verrrry hoppy, of course. There's citrus, then more citrus. I found little to no malt to balance things out, though. A real hop monster, but without some malt I thought I was drinking a lemonade. The Cascades linger long and hard on the palate, as well. Decent, but I'd not yearn for it. Many better hop monsters out there.


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Photo of ism
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy apricot with a small thin white head that quickly disappears. I bumped appearance up 0.5 simply because the bottle design is so nice (it's on my shelf now). Aroma is a very faint malt butter sweetness and floral and citrus hops -- Cascade most apparent. Doesn't seem like enough for this style but it's just so pleasing (hint hint for homebrewers). Gentle carbonation and a light-medium body provide a good mouthfeel. Flavor is well-balanced between malt and hops, favoring a citrus/pine combo, and good bitterness, but not particularly distinct in any respect. Goes down smooth at first, with a harsh pine emerging, evolving into a butter-pine linger. Actually, a very fine American IPA but the name just sets expectations too high. Good sessionability, one of my first picks for a session APA.

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

Pours a golden amber with a lot of effervescent bubbles and a scattered dull white head kicking off traces of lace.
Aroma of pale malt, biscuit and the overflow of typical cascade hop profiles.
Flavor is somewaht dull bittering hop notes of pine and gritty resins overpower the bread and pale malts that are there. Not unpleasant but very one dimensional.
Mouthfeel has just a hint of malt with a touch of sweet and biscuit that is lost in a tide of solid bitterness. No depth or complexity of flavor. Slight metallic aftertaste.
Drinkability is above average but again one dimensional aspect makes it relatively ordinary.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle from Oliver's Beverage in Albany, NY.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" cream-colored head above the cloudy, medium amber brew. Head is quickly gone, just leaving a few bubbles here and there, with average to good lacing. Aroma is slightly hoppy, but much too subdued for something of its name. Taste is better, with reasonable malt backbone that is still apparent underneath the hoppy, bitter flavors battling in my mouth. Mouthfeel and drinkability are okay, but could be better. Was kind of disappointed by this brew, seemed like they could done a bit more with it, fleshed it out better. Try it for yourself and see.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last review of 2004! This brew is an orange-amber color with a thick and foamy off-white head. Sticky patches of lacing. Aroma of grassy hops and citrus. Medium-bodied and one-dimensional, like a wanna-be Double IPA without the alcohol or balance. Bitter, piney hops up front, along with grapefruit and trace amounts of malt. The finish retains the hoppy bitterness, with a nice spice flavor too. Pretty good, but needs to pick a direction.

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Bert Grant's Hopzilla IPA from Yakima Brewing Co. / Bert Grant's Ales
3.69 out of 5 based on 77 ratings.
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