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

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States
onionpub.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
393
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.01%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
50
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 393 |  Reviews: 89
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1/5  rDev -72.9%

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2/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of LarryK
2.03/5  rDev -45%
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 -43.4%
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 -40.9%
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 emeyerc
2.24/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

What a disappointment. The hops were obviously slayed before they got near the beer. Cloudy, rust-colored pour and a sustained foamy head were promising, but then the taste was overwhelmingly malty. Not at all the happy hoppy burst I was expecting from this diabolical, hop-crowned skull adorned can. Feel was velvety with a light carbonation. Would kill if rebranded as a scotch ale.

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Photo of kevkize
2.48/5  rDev -32.8%

Photo of jlwells5
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of CP20
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of hiphops
2.67/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

can not dated but sold cold and new style orange no low rider just skull with hat and stache and flavor saver (looks better at least) into a tulip
it's orange tinged murked up brown big thick small bubbled head
smells like caramel roasty malts and band aids
it tastes sweet yes but also nicely bitter with some tea action
feels ok medium body medium bubbles the bitterness keeps it dry and clean it doesn't taste sweet like it smells
i'm surprised i don't hate it based on the smell and look. wouldn't buy it again though.

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Photo of jsh420
2.72/5  rDev -26.3%
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 TTripp725
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of ssoulf
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of smutty33
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of 3Hops
2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of orion320
2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Simply just not very good.

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Photo of bashiba
2.86/5  rDev -22.5%
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 julescake
2.9/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of 57md
2.95/5  rDev -20.1%
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 -19.5%
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 -19.2%
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 Travcofarms
3/5  rDev -18.7%

Photo of Andywhite85
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -18.7%

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Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 393 ratings.
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