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 Sammy
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very good drinking DIPA, with smooth understated carbonation, much citrus flavour. Golden colour. Hops like a 1.5 ipa than a dipa. Orange Citrus hoppy nose. Unobtrusive complementary intelligent malting so that grapefruit did not burn.Slightly lower mouthfeel than you get from the style, which I was good with.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a slightly cloudy amber color white a nice looking white head on top. The smell of the beer is loaded with hoppy aromas as well had a good amount of malt sweetness too. The taste is pretty good, the hops are prominent but so is the sweet malts. The mouthfeel of this beer is oily, smooth and lightly carbonated. Overall this is a pretty good Double IPA. I wouldn't need to buy cases of it but it's still a good brew to try.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is clear amber orange in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high off white head that died down rather quickly, leaving delicate lacing covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of caramel hops are present in the nose along with notes of citrusy and pine resin hops.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some initial hints of malty sweetness that is promptly followed by a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium=-bodied, somewhat crisp and slightly syrupy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a good balance between the malts and hops and doesn't have an "in your face" amount of alcohol or bitterness compared to some of the other beers in the style.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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 NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wild Onion "Hop Slayer"
12 oz. can, no apparent freshness dating
$3.95 @ The Beer Shoppe, Ardmore, PA

Interesting design on the can. Good marketing there.

The body is a cloudy orange / very-deep amber. The creamy yellowed-white head drops rather quickly but it retains a thin collar, and it does leave some nice lacing at first. Not a very good appearance overall.

The aroma is bright with citrusy hops (grapefruit, pineapple). There's a bit of a resinous and grassy character to it as well. Not much malt makes its way through.

The citrusy hops return in the flavor with lots of citrus rind, a bit of grapefruit, and some lighter fruit flavor (apple, berry, perhaps grape). The malt simply acts as support, which is fine. It's very lightly sweetish, and just subtly bready and caramelish. The hops are the showpiece here, and in that respect it's got a good balance. The bitterness is kept in check, although I'm not sure you can say that given that it's got at least 90 IBU's to it... perhaps I should say the bitterness doesn't eclipse the maltiness. It finishes hoppy, dry and bitter, but it's not a raspy or biting bitterness, and it does fade (eventually). Some alcohol is present as well (as expected), and that helps to dry it as well.

In the mouth it's medium-full in body with a standard carbonation. It delicately bristles, and then softens to become almost creamy-smooth.

Overall it's a pretty decent beer. The appearance hurts it, and it seems to be missing some of that "je nais c'est quoi" that gives some beers a certain "magic", but it's otherwise well put together and enjoyable.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
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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Photo of mactrail
3.82/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Interesting hop bomb. It is a little murky but tasty. Amber orange in the glass with a touch of haze. Nice foam. Moderate carbonation. Great aroma of flowery hops and orange marmalade with a little Scotch.

Rich and spicy. Quite malty with a touch of acidity. Hoppy from start to finish, but not as bitter as most big IPAs. There's a little softness to the flavor, a warm malt taste, rather than the astringent and harsher style. More of the orange flavor. Plenty of bitterness along the way, but it doesn't overwhelm the fruity and aromatic flavors. I think of tangerine peel.

More drinkable than lots of big hop brews. From the 12 oz can. Bought at Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

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Photo of mdaschaf
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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 TMoney2591
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass at the brewpub.

The image on the menu depicts a rather jolly, leek-y monarch. He seems alright to me so far. It pours a slightly hazy golden straw topped by a tad more than a finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises pine, grapefruit, honeydew, light onion, sweet caramel, and a touch of lavender. Certainly smells royal enough. The taste holds notes of pine, onion, light grapefruit, and a mild caramel. Now, I'm not necessarily one for an in-your-face kind of DIPA, but I was hoping for a bit more oomph on the 'buds. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a dry, sticky finish. Overall, a solid, though slightly disappointing DIPA. Still, very easy-going (especially for the style) and reluctant to push things too far. I like it.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been off of The CANquest (TM) for too long! It is time to saddle up and go for a ride and what better way to hop on my high horse than with a CAN from my boys at Pinocchio's in Media? I CAN't think of one, unless it is a CAN from the Wild Onion outside of CHI. Wait, I may be getting ready to hit the CANfecta with this gem! CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: "Sink your senses into this hop bomb and you'll soon be singing the praises of the harvest. Cruise the hoppy roads with our Ranchero wrangling amigo and you'll never want to return home. From the moment you pour this treat into a glass, the floral notes will greet you in a most sensual way, followed by the soul-warming blend of malt silkiness and hop bite[.] So what are you afraid of? Hop in and Get Slayed tonight. Alc. 8% by Vol. Enjoy!"; "Come visit our pub, located 45 miles northwest of Chicago[.] We brew a variety of year-round ales & lagers, along with an ever-changing lineup of seasonal beers available only on tap under the massive Douglas Fir timbers." The hood of dude's car reads "Viva el Lupulo" and he has license plate # 420. What does that mean? ;=)

Been there, done that, loved it! It is not a hard jaunt from the Lake Barrington METRA station and definitely worth a visit.

My Crack & Glug netted me better than two fingers of foamy, tawny head with great retention. Color was a hazy deep-amber. Nose smelled like a lot of hops had been put to death in its creation! It had the pine forest smell of a clear night in the winter, out on the hunt of the elusive hops. The lacing that had begun to appear was going to require a jackhammer to remove. Fortunately, I bought one cheap and used through another website and I find it comes in quite handy. Mouthfeel was medium, but I was not feeling it in terms of silkiness or sensuality. Instead, it was more like a rough pine board, oozing with resins. That's okay, too, but it does not strike me as "sensual". Hell, that application of the word "sensual" would mean that every encounter that I have had with Philly fans has been sensual. That was NOT the case, believe me! I did not get to be this handsome naturally. Maybe they meant tongue in groove Douglas Fir pine boards, which is how the lesbians built their house - with tongue in groove only, no studs. My tongue was in the groove, or maybe my foot was in my mouth, but either way, I was incurring a beat-down off of this beer. Zounds! The hops were unabating and as a Hops Junkie, it satiated my Jones and stopped the monkey on my back from his screeching, but I have an afternoon of football in my future and I a feel like I have been slain by hops already. Finish was breathtaking, like a shot to the solar plexus or to the breastbone, both of which I have experienced. There was nothing wrong with this beer, but it should come with a piece of yellow Caution tape around it. Yow!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The guy on this can does not look healthy. I suggest a full physical.

This definitely doesn't strike me as a iipa. It's smooth and slightly sweet (maybe from malts?) with an earthy thing going on. Pretty decent bite from hops. Nothing too overpowering. Overall a decent iipa.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
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 feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Duff27
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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 drabmuh
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a DFH glass. Extra from kbutler recently, thanks!

Beer is almost brown, really hazy, nice two finger head, small bubbles, some lacing. Moderate to low carbonation. Looks fine but pretty dark.

Aroma is nice though, mildly malty, mildly sweet, decent hop presence, good throughout. Grapefruit and pine.

Beer is medium in body and rather sweet on the palate but not overly so, moderate bitterness at the back, pretty good DIPA overall, not great but solid. The hop flavors are balanced well with the bitterness and the malt. I'd have it again but I wouldn't go out of my way for it.

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Photo of liamt07
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can from Sammy, 12oz can into a tulip.

Unfiltered reddish copper, with a couple fingers of white head. Dense retention and quite nice lacing. Nose is resinous, tropical fruits, grapefruit and orange. A solid malt presence too, resembles an imperial red ale in some regards. Taste again has a big sugary, caramel malt presence, before some citrus, pine and a bit of dank quality. Medium feel and not that bitter. Not really any detectable alcohol either. Low carb and a good drink - a pretty good malt DIPA.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.59/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An okay DIPA, nice bitterness, not too sweet, but beyond the bitterness it lacks pronounced and distinct hop flavors. Pours a cloudy golden with some floaties and a fairly decent head. Some nice tangerine notes in the aroma, as well as some lemon and cereal grain. The flavors are a little flat and one dimensional. Nice bitterness- not much else. Fairly creamy in the mouth, but a little thin in the finish.

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Photo of BARFLYB
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
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 tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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 jzeilinger
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
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 weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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 beerthulhu
3.29/5  rDev -10.8%
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 DrDemento456
4.21/5  rDev +14.1%
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 scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
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 jmdrpi
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a glass. no date on can.

appears a hazy orange rust color with off-white head. decent lacing and head retention. smell is earthy, grassy, onion hop flavors. bold. taste is dominated by hops, but it has enough crystal malt to balance the hops with caramely sweetness. medium body and carbonation, works for the beer.
overall - a nice beer with enough malt backbone, how I like DIPAs

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Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
3.69 out of 5 based on 390 ratings.
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