Hop Slayer | Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.

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Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly known as "King Paddy"

Added by GDBEERMAN on 06-03-2010

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.74/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass
A - pours a hazy dark ambery brown, with a two finger head,
S - very citrusy and grapefruity
T - delicious hop bite, some malt sweetness, citrusy as well
M - very smooth and drinkable, kinda creamy
O - very very good double ipa

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Photo of curtiswvu
4.73/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This Double IPA from Onion Pub is probably their best offering to date.

I had two glasses this sitting: 1) via the cask in a tulip and 2) straight tap into a pint glass. I liked the normal tap better, as the increased carbonation delivers the hops better. Pours a nice hazy orange beer, along with a couple fingers of clear white foam.

Very nice double IPA, clean tasting with tons of citrus notes and fruit.

Amazing stuff, glad it is going to be available around here year round.

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Photo of BeerandWhiskeyHQ
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Deep orange, hazy and "thick" looking- unable to see through it well. White head with light lacing, looks great!
Malt, citrus, orange, hops character and grapefruit
Very hoppy! A strong bitterness that lingers as a long piney finish, mild malt character, big mouthfeel and citrus character
I like this beer a lot and the brewery is a great place with great food. I had it on tap and I would suggest you do the same. I don't much care for the can phenominon that is going on with craft beer, so get it from a keg if you can.


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Photo of fdkayti
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a honey-orange color with a clumpy, three finger white head sitting on top. Pretty opaque. Good head retention and nice lacing.

S- Bitter orange peel and woody scents. Spicy, makes my nosey burn. In a good way.

T- Holy hops. A pith-like bitterness from start to finish. Slight booziness but the alcohol is mostly hidden well. Lemon meringue? Crazy bitter, the biggest hop kick to the face that I've had in a while.

MF- Well-carbonated, medium mouthfeel, creamy but light and super refreshing.

O/D- "This is the shit". Hopheads only, not for the faint of palate. If you're around these parts, make sure to obtain this.

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4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Served as King Paddy.

A: A golden blonde, hazy ale with a off white nose. Very good lacing with a two inch nose and good head retention.

S: The aroma was very pleasing, that of flowers and spice. A very well hopped beer which is present from the smell alone.

T: The taste of this beer was piney and strong. A nice presence of malt on the finish adds to the well balance of these complex flavors. Good carbonation with this IIPA. The alcohol presence is increase as the beer warms. Served nice and chilled, while refreshing, time is needed to allow to warm to fully sense all flavors.

M: With a nice silky mouthfeel, this brew is a great slow sipper, one that I found nice to end the night with.

D: while this brew is always 7$, even on 2.25 pint night (Wednesdays), I had joined the mug club just to be able to get it for 4$ all the time. This IIPA was IMHO the spot light of the beers that are brewed at the Onion. Very good and should be bottled in the cans, like the little brother, paddy's pale ale. Seek this out all you Illinois beer hunters.

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Photo of znichols
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-darker than expected. Clean caramel color. Cream colored head. Some sticky lacing. Expecting big malty flavor from this.

S-a touch of sweet malt in the smell at first. Then big, dank, fresh hops. Not very often you get this fresh of a hop aroma. Very nice.

T-dank, sticky hops. Pine and grapefruit abound here. A hefty portion of toffee flavoed malt as well. Exceptional flavor, IMO.

M- slightly creamy with moderate carbonation. A little over bubbly but it doesn't distract from the great flavor.

O- overall, this reminds me of an imperial dales pale. Pine, grapefruit, and rich british malt. A great balance of flavor. Not the hoppiest, most bitter imp. Ipa but very nice.

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Photo of vande
4.29/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap recently at my local Tap-House...

A ~ pours a pretty looking, cloudy orange-red color with a decent layer of head that leaves quickly...

S ~ lots of fruits, a sense of tropical aroma[ed] hops here...Lots of citrus, grapefruit, some pineapple...

T ~ Well hidden alcohol level here, greatly masked by the explosion of hops that splatter across one's taste buds...a great tasting imperial ipa!

M ~ medium bodied, well carbed smooth drinking IPA

O ~ tap and/or can - a good buy and a palate pleaser!

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Photo of LANDRY
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Wild Onion Brewing is turning out some great beers and Hop Slayer one of the best. A great DIPA a smokey dry bitter hop bite balanced well with malty smoothness.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.21/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this in the mix and match section at the House of 1,000 beers. Paid $1.75

A - Pour is a very dark amber brown somewhat hazy with a 1/4 head that forms a thick lace ring very sticky.

S - Very herbal hops yet juicy with papaya and mango sweetness. Very aromatic.

T - Slightly herbal hops cling to the palate many seconds after sipping. Hops are fairly balanced with the malt so their is no alcohol taste. Just a hop forward DIPA.

M - Medium bodied, somewhat chewy, not bad.

Overall seeing as how they don't have an IPA this is a great DIPA. Hidden ABV, aromatic hops, and smooth slightly bitter body. Almost as good as Heady Topper... almost.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a nonic pint glass.

A nice good deep amber colored body hinting at some nice amber hues, kind of frozen, but gives a nice off white head, perhaps two fingers but settles to a pick puck of on finger nicely with scattered lacing.

Nose is kind of a muted dank hop sense. Nice, sort of big earth but toned down, reminds me of a nice soupy broth. Fine let's see what we got for the palate.

Very interesting sweetness on the tastebuds here seems at first. Mild soil with and earth vegetative garlic ... oh yeah ME WANT. Rolling with a sweet malt backbone giving to a sweetness coming with an extremely PUNGENT earthy hop bent. Faint very quick fleeting bitter on this like a tight herbal green sense. I'd bite down on some onion grass and I'd dig this.

Overall I am really having fun with this brew, but this is NOT for everyone by any means. I think this beer could be a bit polarizing for some but I really enjoy it, I am going to enjoy my small stack of cans I got.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from can into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a nice off-white colored head; held well; beer is well carbonated and has an opaque looking dark orange or pumpkin orange colored body; moderate amount of sticky lacing formed on the sides of the glass; beer has a nice milky body and the beer head forms a nice oily barrier, creating beaded tear drops of beer that run over the top of the foam

S - Citrus hop scents; very well caramelized biscuit malt scents; pine and grass; bread; fruity berry yeast aromas come up too

T - Drink starts with a nice sweet citrus and berry flavor and immediately turns bitter; coats the back of the throat with a bitter taste, overwhelms the retro-olfaction mechanism with pine/hop bitterness; caramel malt

M - Nice thick body; probably thickest or fullest feeling IPA I've had until now; effervescent and leaves a nice bitter residue on the middle of your tongue; bitter tingling aftertaste of pine cone and hops

D - Fantastic drink; definitely deserves more attention than it gets; I really liked this one; smooth and full drink packed with a Imperial IPA bitter hop punch; don't pass up a chance to drink this great feeling hop bomb

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Photo of GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into an imperial pint. Thanks to emerge077 for the hook up!

A: Pours a completely hazy and unfiltered dark copper color. Sitting briefly on top was about one solid finger of creamy eggshell colored foam. It quickly melted down to a thin yet creamy ring that didn't leave very much lace.

S: Smells like sweet citrus fruit with zest, pine, and grapefruit for balance. Some caramel and vanilla make the rounds too. Slight whiff of alcohol tickles the nostrils.

T: Very much like above with the citrus and pine duking it out. Alcohol keeps a relatively low profile. Interesting strawberry-like flavor lurking in the background. Grapefruit drizzled with caramel.

M: Big and thick with medium to low carbonation and sweet fruity qualities. Dry and bitter citrus rind compliments the astringent hops and alcohol heat. Very balanced and not palate fatiguing in the least.

O: I've been kinda meh about some of their offerings in the past but this was a welcome suprise. Buy this!

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Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Into a tulip...Aggressive glug-style pour leaves a huge three inch off-white head on a light ruby red beer. Head retention seems very good as I don't think i could even have a sip without getting foam all over my face, hah. Good clumpy lacing.

S- Pungent citrus smelling, pineapple.

T- Ohh, that's some bitterness right there. In yo' face danky hops. "Your face is gonna cave in." Alcohol is well hidden in there, everything is well hidden behind that bitterness.

M- Medium mouthfeel, creamy. Good carbonation.

D/O- This one appears to be very polarizing with the reviews so far and I can certainly see why. Love it or hate it, everyone can agree it's different than 95% of the other DIPAs out there. Do yourself a favor and buy a 4 pack for $10...try it and if for some reason you don't like it, give the other 3 to beer friends, chances are they will.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.12/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


King Paddy Hop Slayer comes out the can a nice bright orange with some amber glaze in between. A nice billowy inch of off white foam up above, recedes to a nice cap. Leaves some small splotches. Smell is pretty ripe with dank ass aroma hops with juicy fruit appeal, pineapple, papaya and some pine. Some sweetness. This smells great. Taste kinda falls off a bit. Everything stated above comes out but I get pineapple the most. Not really bitter at all, the pine is nowhere in the taste. this becomes sweeter over time, yet not cloying. This is so close to being a very enjoyable DIPA, but does not quite reach it. Feel is medium and is a bit syrupy, the carb is pretty light making this really easy to go down fast. This is a decent stab at the style and is right for the price, I would drink again when it comes fresh in the area.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Big thanks to Wendall for this one. Love the can art.

A: Pours a rather dark ruby/orange color with a foamy, off-white head on top. Great head retention with plenty of sticky/foamy lacing on the glass.

S: nice citrus aromas with grapefruit and a bit of orange rind. Some grainy malt and a little bit of caramel.

T: Very nice combination of citrus fruits and a little bit of pine. There is some grapefruit, pineapple, and plenty of orange zest. Very resiny with a little bit of malt to balance things slightly. No doubt this is an IIPA.

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Rather smooth and easy drinking. Abv well hidden.

O: A solid IIPA, very easy drinking with an assertive hop profile. Just enough malt to keep things in balance slightly.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Another solid IPA/DIPA in a can, this is becoming a trend for sure. My first entry from this brewery and I have to say I enjoyed it. Hazy dark orange color, fluffy off-white head that has good retention, lots of lace on the glass. Looks good.

Aroma is aggressively hoppy, lots of pine resins and citrus, with a decent amount of caramel malt sweetness noticed underneath. Flavor follows suit, it’s big and bitter with a solid malty backbone that doesn’t get in the way of the citrusy, resinous hops. Long and lingering bitter finish.

Medium full bodied with moderate carbonation and an overall smooth and creamy mouthfeel that I really liked. Booze is held pretty well in check and not very noticeable. Nice DIPA if not totally exceptional. I’d go back and have another and look forward to other offerings from Wild Onion when I can get my hands on them.

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - dark orange with some red and brown highlights thrown in. The inch or so of foam is starting to leave some streaks of lacing inside the glass. This looks slightly hazy and a little ominous...I like where this is headed.

Aroma - a big blast of tropical fruits, grapefruit and a pineapple hit me right between the eyes. As soon as I get near this glass it's like someone is shoving my face in a bag of hops.

Taste - chewy, resiny with plenty of hop bitterness hitting the tip of the tongue and balanced very nicely by lots of tropical fruit sweetness. It has some astringency from all those little green fellas. Not overly cloying and certainly not too hoppy. It leaves my tongue coated with alpha acids (well, probably not literally) and give me a nice warm feeling inside - like I want to go hug a big hop-shaped pillow.

Overall - Want a big IBU-laden and hops-infested IPA? Here ya go! Hop Slayer should provide what many-a-hophead craves - that being lots of hop bitterness with a malty backbone to keep everything in check. You don't want those little green bastards getting out of control and ruining things for your palate. It's nice to be able to say that I love the label on this can and definitely enjoyed what graced the inside of it as well.

Would I buy more of it? - sure thing. I wouldn't mind having some of these chilling in the fridge at all times, just in case. This is a beer that I don't mind drinking a little on the cold side despite the high alcohol. Something about a nice, cold, strong IPA works wonders on a warm evening.

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Photo of weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a hazy orange toned amber with a small, light tan head that has good retention. Lots of scattered tubular lacing is left around the glass.
Smell is of dry hopping, herbal, spicy, citrus.
Taste is of bitter orange rind with spices, along with notes of some yeasty dough and freshly baked bread flavors.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lip smacking, bitter up front but an ok, even finish.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh local DIPA in cans, life is good.
Had this in it's early incarnation as "King Paddy" on cask, and it finally made it's way into cans.

Dark fossilized amber orange, murky and opaque, glowing and saturated when backlit. Color is really nice.

Sweet candied orange and grapefruit rind, a little bit of the dank, hint of alcohol. Smells pretty nice, fruit forward with a little bit of pale malt in the background at times.

Resiny hop flavors, candied citrus again with grapefruit and orange leading the way. Balancing pale malt in the background with an enamel stripping resiny bitterness in the dry finish. Alcohol is there, but well in check... it's a Double IPA, some heat is a typical characteristic. Beefed up feel, somewhat mellow carbonation. Going to go two in a row with this one.

As i've said before, hope this puts the Wild Onion on the map, and signals a change in direction towards a more experimental output.

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Photo of ISmith87
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised at the 83 on this one. Its not the best, but easily measures up to beers like hop slam in my book.

A - 4 - 4 by default, drinking out of the can, which is designed well.
S - 4 - pretty intense hops. Pine and citrus, nothing too special but not bad by any means.
T - 4 - follows the nose. Pine and citrus ( esp grapefruit)
M - 4 - intensely bitter. Alc a little noticeable. aftertaste is bitter grapefruit. Light-medium mouth feel.
O - 4 - Decent double IPA. Better than its rating for sure. Must be a really fresh can... I like it.

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Photo of qthompso
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep, hazy orange/copper pour into a Summit EPA glass. Thin off white foam with lots of lacing.

Smell certainly lets you know that the beer is going to be big, strong and bitter. Lots of floral and resiny notes with a bit of caramel malt backbone.

Lots of floral notes up front, chewy resin that hangs around on the tongue for a while and looms on top of the decently malty backbone.

Good carbonation with a pretty dry, rather crisp finish.

Overall, a pretty decent DIPA. The hops are certainly prevalent but don't stand up to the malt quite like my favorites in the category.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the house @ the Onion Pub.

Pours a hazy orange/amber color with a fingers worth of white head. Plenty of lace covering the walls.

The nose is full of light biscuit malt and pine-like resin that is warning me of a very bitter brew. Bring it on.

The taste is indedd quite bitter and is bringing out those pine-like notes that I observed in the nose. There is a light malt bill that is influencing some balance.

The mouthfeel is very crisp and has a very dry finish. Light-medium body with ample carbonation.

Overall, tasty dipa that has a great dry feel and pretty hoppy offerings. It could ve cranked up a notch though.

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Photo of BrewerB
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

dvelcich hooked me up with this gem in a recent trade. This was an extra which gives me a chance to sample a beer I've never had from brewery I've not even heard of. Thank you again, Dan!

Pouring into a Jester King sniffer. It's an amber/copper, hazy. A thin off-white head formed atop with partial retention. Lacing clings all sides of the glass as the foam recedes.

Big floral in the nose up front with an understated hint at honey and cinnamon in the background. Fermentation character is fairly neutral and clean. Alcohol is noticeable but isn't at all harsh.

Somewhat sweet floral hops intertwined with dried herbs. Prominent hop presence. Mild toasted malt presence that also offers pleasant counterbalancing sweetness. Moderate-high level of bitterness. Medium, dry finish leaves a lingering lavender-like floral character.

Medium-light in body with a moderate level of carbonation. Smooth bitterness.

Overall this beer offers up intense floral hop flavor offset by modest but firm toasty malt. Slight sweetness helps keep the bitterness afloat.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid, murky burnt orange with just under two fingers of off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Aroma is full of citrus, orange, and resin hops, with biscuit malts. Well blended and dynamic aroma. Flavor profile is very similar. The malt profile is much heavier in the flavor profile then the aroma. Citrus, orange, and resin hops punch through as well. Mouth feel is thick, with some carbonation harshness and graininess. Overall, a well-put together DIPA with strong characteristics. The malt profile is heavy, and drowns out some of hops in the flavor profile.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Pours lightly hazy medium reddish amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation and some dark orange + ruby red highlights. The beer has a finger tall dense foamy dark beige head that slowly reduces to a couple of small patches of thin film along with a very thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple. and pine hops over the top of caramel malts. Light notes of grassy hops as well.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of caramel malts with some light amounts of sweetness. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of citrus/grapefruit, tropical/pineapple, and pine hops. These hops impart a moderate to strong amount of bitterness that lingers for quite a while and fades slowly.

M: Slightly fuller than medium bodied with slightly more than moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: I found this beer to be pretty easy to drink and enjoyable but a touch too big to be a sessionable brew. Nice hop flavors and aromas with a decent amount of complexity.

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