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

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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:
394
Reviews:
89
Avg:
3.69
pDev:
13.01%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
51
For Trade:
1
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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 jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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 t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

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 dmorgan310
3.69/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zeff80
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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 millerbuffoon
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

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 paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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 atlbravsrno1
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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 WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of dfhhead25
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of jgunther71
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of ejimhof
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 394 ratings.
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