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"

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Photo of LarryK
2.03/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Pony Bar, I was eager to try this newly-minted Chicago-based entrant into the increasingly crowded NYC craft scene, but came away rather disappointed.

Appearance: Light, almost unexpectedly transparent for a DIPA.

Smell: Almost nonexistent. Some light citric notes, but nothing so bold that it announces itself.

Taste: Flavors are muted, very little to get excited about here. Some grapefruit, some pint. Almost tastes oniony, though not sure if that’s my mind imparting a nonexistentent flavor due to word association with the brewery name.

Mouthfeel: Thin, light-bodied, forgettable.

Overall: A suboptimal double IPA. I’d be willing to give this another go on the chance that Pony received a bad keg, but my initial experience with this beer was less than satisfying.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.09/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours hazy copper-amber with a thick creamy head.

Aroma is surprisingly yeasty and funky - almost sour.

Taste is initially very oxidated, toasted caramel malt. There is a hint of apple, then the metallic, minerally quality takes over. Finishes with a sour then tart quality that is not pleasant.

Mouthfeel is light-medium.

A mild light brew. I won't bother with it again.

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Photo of homebrew311
2.18/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into tulip.

A: pours slightly cloudy, orange, with thin white head. Some lacing. Decent retention.

S: nose features pine and astringent alcohol, almost sherry like character. Not getting any malts. Smells like a cheap vodka with some hop pellets sitting in it.

T: the taste starts off with some citrus and pine, and quickly turns into a mess of ethyl alcohol, burn, and more alcohol. There is almost no balance here. Tastes like a flawed homebrew. Bitter finish.

MF: low carbonation, medium body, hot mouthfeel

O: this brew is sloppy. Are there hops? Yes. Do they smell good? Not really. Do They taste good? No.

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Photo of jsh420
2.72/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

pours muddy brownish orange with a huge 2+ finger head that left lacing

smells of lots of pine and grape fruit

taste just too damn bitter for me and that was all it had bitterness and a little heat from the booze - no malt and no other flavor from the hops

mouthfeel medium light good carbontion

overall - not a good beer imo and i would never buy this again

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Photo of bashiba
2.86/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark and cloudy Reddish Brown color with tons and tons of fluffy white head, a solid 4 inches in my snifter, very sticky and long lasting.

For a double IPA the smell is very faint, just a light bready malt note with a touch of light pine bitterness.

The flavor unfortunately follows the nose, a very mild double IPA, has a light bready backbone and a sharp hop bitterness, but nothing as far as actual hop flavors, just a bit of pine.

The mouthfeel is thick with a bit of resin.

I was excited to see a local Double IPA in a can, even if its the ugliest can in the history of beer, but this one didn't come close to full fulling those hopes with hops.

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Photo of 57md
2.95/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark copper with a finger of head that slowly but steadily dissipated. The nose has mild hop notes, but also something else that is earthy and not entirely pleasant. The flavor profile is tilted slightly in favor of malts over hops. There is also an odd medicine-like flavor near the finish (maybe licorice).

In conclusion, let me say this: not every brewer should feel obligated to produce a DIPA – ‘nuff said?

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.97/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Completely opaque, I want to say like iced tea colored...brown with some toffee and blonde hints but not even that. 2 finger stable head formed like a Guinness; lots of lace left behind.

Sweet brown sugar and toffee lift up from the head to the nose, with cinna bread and herbs.

Flavor is both way too sweet and slightly pleasant at the same time. The brown sugar and toffee are like - BOOM, overwhelming, and then conflicting notes of juicy hop and herb come forward in a desperate attempt to pull this from malt liquor category. Overall, to describe it? Cotton candy dipped in pickle juice. Just not my kind of IPA.

Electric carbonation out front, followed by a chalkiness and a dry finish.

Overall, I had to have at least ONE Wild Onion beer, to chalk the brewery off my list. I'm glad I only paid $1.79 for this single, and was able to obtain it across the border in Minnesota. I'm going to dump this now, without regret. Goodbye Hop Slayer, you've been rather difficult.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
2.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

A. Darker murky orange-amber in color with a two fingered white head that lasts for a minute and a half, some medium levels of lacing left behind on the glass.

S. Smells of pine resin and pineapple in about even amounts. Caramel malt aroma also comes around as the brew warms up towards room temperature.

T. Caramel malt, pine resin, and a boozey warmth rearing up in the finish. Both the aroma and the flavor hit the appropriate volume levels for a DIPA but neither has the complexity levels to really stand out in a craft beer market already full of great DIPAS.

M. Slightly too thick and sluggish for my tastes due to undercarbonation.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky dark orange amber color with a cream colored thick and yeasty looking head and mild carbonation.

S - Mild spice, pine, slightly floral, and caramel - faded.

T - Mostly caramel malt and faded floral goodness with some funky dankness. Not much going on.

M - Thick medium body and fairly gentle on the tongue.

O - Could this beer be over the hill? Blended and balanced with the nod going towards the malt side of things.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$2.65 can from Abe's.

Very hazy dull orange body, topped by four level fingers of whipped off-white micro-bubbles. Good lacing.

Classic IPA scents of grapefruit, orange, and pine. But it's just not as big and assertive as hoped.

Initial sweetness slips by sloppily without leaving a base. Plenty of juicy fruit. Big big bitter bite. But it's all a big blur, no sense of individual elements.

For a DIPA the mouthfeel is a bit wimpy.

Okay, worth trying a can, but not one to return visit.

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Photo of seeswo
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Blind Beer #1, finally doing my job. Figured if I was going to take a day off of my brief hiatus for hopslam, I can open a blind beer. Poured from a 12oz can into the sweet Half Acre tulip like glass and alongside a water and some smoked pulled pork with a bourbon-mango bbq sauce.

Pours a hazy, translucent slightly orangish brown color with a sizeable tan head that leaves lacing all over the place. Looks pretty nice - 4.0

Smells like mango and bourbon - no I kid. It smells very hoppy in the bitter end of that spectrum with a decent malt backbone. - 3.5

The taste is extremely bitter with malts that are trying their best (and failing) to balance out the extreme and generic hop bitterness. It only is tamed in the finish where the lightly caramel malt flavor rounds off the bitterness, leaving a reasonable finish. I do have a bias for more distinct hop flavors (pine, resin, orange, tropical). If anything, this may be a bit floral. - 3.0

The mouthfeel is dominated by the bitterness, but the body is average with a medium-high amount of carbonation. - 3.5

Overall, I know I haven't had a beer in 10 days, but this beer is too bitter for me. I rarely if ever say that, so there may be some palette refreshing here confounding my opinion, but this is not nearly my favorite. I assume its an IPA, but it could be a DIPA, which is a strange distinction in craft beer these days (with 8% meaning both IPA and double IPA at times). I have no guesses - 3.0

Reveal - Wild Onion Hop Slayer DIPA. Hilarious that I couldn't tell whether it was an IPA or DIPA, but somehow nailed the ABV (8% on can). ...and this is fun. Thank you Kristian (pellinore1)!

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a tulip.

A- Cloudy orange with 3" of off-white head, some lacing that sticks to the top of the tulip glass.

S- Off-smell, sourdough? Hard to get pass that smell. Some pine/citrus hops but not prevalent.

T- Again, can't get pass the sourdough, metallic off flavor. I've noticed this before in other brewpubs that maybe aren't as experienced. Is very bitter and malty.

M- Medium bodied, off-flavor leaves a dry, astringent mouthfeel.

O- Just not feeling this one. Have had to many amazing Ipa's and DIPA to know this is nowhere near that level.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: The pour was bright orange from the can, appearing a dark autumn orange in the vessel. Strong micro-effervesce, creamy, light tan head is moderate of stay. Lacing is speckled spots forming a broken band.

S: Toasted cereal, light perfumy floral notes, toasted orange peel, with a warming citrus grass hoppiness. The strength is rather weak, especially for a d.i.p.a. and for one aptly named hop slayer. Woodsy pine, lighty dry citrus finishes things out.

T: Thin start, a bit of watery bread, toastedness backing, with some dry pine and bittering citrus. High degree of hop bitterness, though not really flavorful, more linear, and a bit muddled. Grassy toasted pine, nice bite but fades off the tongue rather quickly and cleanly, not lingering around to pay regards. Toasted tomato skin, peppery spice with some parsley and spicy chili-herbal warmth from the alcohol.

M: Creamy mouthful, soup like texture, medium bodied, spicy, chili-citrus booziness warmth.

O: Good level of bitterness, though the flavor could of been brighter, and sharper. Things seem a bit muddled, monotoned. A marginally decent beer (b-) if you are micro-analyzing during review, a bit subpar if you are drinking casually. You might be a bit disappointed with a name like hop slayer, has a low aroma, low key complexity, and not really tasty, bland bitterness. average c standing at best.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- golden hazy body with a tan head that quickly disapates

S-little bit of fruit and a lot of pine

T-more malty then hoppy. No freshness dates so i have to assume it is because it is old

M-medium body and smooth

O-decent beer but the freshness is up in the air. Wish I knew.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes

A - cloudy amber body, minimal white head.

S - "bogus." weird hop aromas which are quite light, and loads of malt

T - medium hop bitterness, but otherwise like a bad malt-forward barleywine

M - thick, syrupy, not terrible

O - this doesn't seem like a real beer.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow. No real head. Pour is thick and not highly carbonated. Smells piney and bitter. Tastes abrasive and unbalanced. Overall good carbonation. The beer is overwhelming and unbalanced. Not very good but drinkable. Might be a bit old but I think its just good first attempt from a new brewery

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Photo of jeonseh
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a tulip

A - Dark burnt orange and brown; Hazy beer with small white head

S - Orange, pineapple, light grassy, slight garlic, and grapefruit

T - Orange upfront with slight grapefruit bitterness in the middle. Enough malt to keep it balanced.

MF - Medium body with light stickiness. Full mouthfeel with lots of carbonation, Thick hop resin that remains on the tongue

O - Solid DIPA with a good balance and a strong bitter grapefruit presence

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Photo of rmcnealy
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Went to the brewery a few months back wanting to try this one and they were out. Finally picked up a 4-pack of 12oz cans to sample the hops in aluminum.

Poured a very dark, non-translucent amber brown that appeared to be totally filtered. The tightly laced head faded to a slight layer. There is a bit of hop smell present which is definitely on the darker pine end of the spectrum. A hint of malts is very much existent. The tastes are not very robust. The hops aren't clear and discernable. They mend together with the malts and create an marred, uneventful tasting experience. Not much bitter bite here. There is just an ever so slight carbonation to it and it tastes every bit of the 8% abv. A decent beer. A very stark contrast to the 'Captain Lawrence Imperial IPA' I just reviewed. I'm currently looking forward to sampling 'Heady Topper', the acclaimed dIPA in a can. I hope it's better than this one!

As a side note, the brewery provided a great time and worth checking out. Their pumpkin beer in a can is decent as well in the early fall.


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Photo of jsulko
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a tulip glass

Purs a dark orange with a slightly off white head.

Smell is malty with some pine hop notes.

Taste is malty with a pine hops finish.

Tried this at a tasting and many people liked it because it wasn't too much of a DIPA.

I find this as a negative. This is a malty IPA more than a DIPA. Better options for the same cost.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into Globe glass.

A. Pours 3 finger head. Thick lacing. Really good retention. Color is a dark amber orange.

S. Nice hop smell. Has some kind of funky off aroma to it though. Caramel malt. Piney hop aroma. A little bit of alcohol aroma. I'm guessing the off smell is coming from the yeast.

T. Taste is interesting. Has hop bitterness and caramel malt sweetness. Not a lot of hop flavor, but pretty good bitterness. Not extremely fresh tasting. A lot of the malt has taken over the flavor profile, leaving a somewhat sweet caramel malt tasting beer.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes with a bit of bitter sweet flavor.

O. Seems to be a pretty average DIPA. Not sure how fresh it is as there is not a lot of hop aroma or flavor. Strange smell going on in the aroma. Will see if the other can in a different glass produces the same smell. All in all pretty average for a DIPA.

*Edit* Second can lost most of the weird smell. Also didn't have as much hop aroma.

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Burnt orange in color, and is very hazy and bold. I can not see my fingers through the beer. No head really even begins to form on this one, but the ring on the side of the glass leaves a mild amount of lacing. Those 100 IBUs are immediately noticeable from the first whiff. Hoppy resin dominates, but some piney and orange notes are definitely there in the background. On the front, middle, and back of the tongue, bitter hops seem to be all that is relevant to this one. Who needs a malty backbone anyways? This is an easy one to slug, but your palate is just destroyed. Left Coast should just forfeit the name Hop Juice to these guys.

Overall: One dimensional, but it's a solid dimension.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can, 8% abv. Cloudy, dark copper color. Off-white head fades to a thin layer rather quickly, but does leave a nice patchwork of lace. Some sediment floating about gives a dirty look. Perhaps I should have poured better.

Juicy hop aroma with a big caramel malt aroma. Stonefruit, and citrusy hop aroma. A hint of pine.

Caramel malt backbone. Grassy and herbal hop flavor. The nose and the mouth seem really different. A good amount of sweetness. Bitterness lingers, but balances the sweetness well.

Medium body, good carbonation. The hop character really seems to have faded since I picked this up a few months ago. Not bad, but sort of a mess now.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wild Onion Hop Slayer Double IPA. "Sink your senses into this hop bomb and you'll…" Eh…I don't want to do it, this time. Blah, blah, blah…puns, bad jokes, ridiculous references. sad….."hop in and get slayed tonight." (sigh) 8% ABV. Blah.

Deep reddish coloration, nice off-whitish head, long lasting, attractive.

Malty aromatics, big time hops, over-the-top, …roaring, loud and alive.

Taste: huge, again…gigantic, enormous, and….boring. This is one of those gargantuan hop/malt monsters that overdoes everything.

Juicy malt, rich and deep, huge and hoppy. Then, the hoppiness roars over it. And the malt roars back.

Unfortunately, there's nothing distinctive about this, nothing sophisticated or exquisite. Big, big, big, but…nothing special. It delivers hugosity, and alcohol, and there you have it.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice doughy head after the pour of about three finger thickness. The foam is thick after every sip with good lacing. Slow, but numerous bubbles lazy make there way to the top of my glass. Thick, almost hazey dark copper amber hue.

Hop cone and resiny orange peel permeate the nostrils. The back bone is a pretty perceptable malty biscuit and toast.

Very toasted, citric orange and grapfruit peel bitterness upfront. The palate adds a syrupy bitter citrus feel to the mouthfeel from start to finish. The middle shocases some mediocre malt flavors, then back to a slow and warming (from the alcohol) hop bitterness finish.

Not a bad DIPA for this local brewery, but it could use some better balancing between the hop and malt flavors.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can. Pours a slightly haze deep copper caramel color with a big fluffy light tan head. Head slowly settles, leaving sticky lace. Citrus and caramel in the nose. Medium mouthfeel. Pretty citrus rind bitterness with a strong malt backbone. Hop resin. Lingering bitterness. Nice lace left on the glass. Overall, not bad but a little "thick".

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Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 387 ratings.
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