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

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

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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Reviews: 83 | Ratings: 381
Photo of JayQue
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice but not spectacular DIPA. Obtained in a trade with TMoney2591. Pours a hazy orange with a medium size delicate, bubbly white head...not the frothy cap you usually get with a DIPA or IPA. Head retention is fairly good and there are solid rings of lacing on the glass.

Smell is fairly mild...piney and citrus hops....Very pleasant but I have experienced many more powerful IPA aromas.

Taste is good, even better as the beer warms up a bit. Good piney hops bite with enough bready malts to balance things out. Still primarily a hoppy beer, just nicely constructed and accessible to others besides pure hopheads.

Mouthfeel appears a bit light at first. More rich as the hops numb the tastebuds. In any case this is crisp and refreshing.

I would gladly drink another one of these. There are better DIPAs out there but this one is pretty good.

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Photo of qthompso
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 +7.8%
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 +7.8%
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 Bierguy5
3.55/5  rDev -4.3%
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 Blakaeris
2.09/5  rDev -43.7%
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 drabmuh
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
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 bashiba
2.86/5  rDev -22.9%
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 alexgash
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. can. No discernible freshness or drink by date.

Murky dark copper to burnt sienna body. Finger of tight, dense, dirty khaki head. Plenty of hops on the nose. Notes of resin, pine, Scotch tape, and mint. Sugary, caramely malt comes through as well.

Toasted malts up front lead into a rather fruity-but-caramelized palate. Herbal hop bitterness glides in stealthily and soon turns more citrusy, resinous, piny, and dank. Malts turn more butterscotchy toward the finish. Plenty of residual bitterness, piny-ness, and fruity malt in the end. Full-bodied, with a thick, creamy feel. Somewhat surprisingly balanced for the style, and the fruity/butterscotch malt works very nicely with the hop flavors.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.56/5  rDev -4%
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 ncketchum
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a sierra nevada imperial pint chilled

A = pours a hazy copper, two fingers of off-white head which dissipates to leave minimal head with a good amount of lacing

S = Hoppy, citrusy, kind of faint even as it warmed

T = Basically this tastes like liquid hops, very bitter, with a hint of grapefruit and then a tiny bit of alcohol burn at the end

M = Bitter, not much carbonation, alcohol is fairly well hidden

D = fairly high drinkability in this one, another good offering by Wild Onion. Definitely one I would try again.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dr. K for bringing me another IPA to try out. I never heard of this one. The can is pretty cool looking though. Okay, let's give this a go....

Poured out of a 12 oz can into a Stella chalice.

A) This is a kind of hazy copper, with easily a two finger head. The head is a bit rocky looking and has a rusty tint. There was very nice retention and lacing.

S) Not as strong on the aroma front initially, but this picked up as the beer got to optimal temperature. A light amount of pine. The citrus and pineapple were more prominent on the nose.

T) A good balance of malt and hops. There was citrus and sweetness upfront. A bit of caramel, maybe honey. The finish has a bitter, zesty bite. It's like boozy orange rind. The aftertaste lingers for a bit with this one.

M) Medium body, with the right amount of carbonation for me. This is somewhat creamy, and really sticks to your grill.

O) Perhaps a peg or two lower than some of the IPAs I've had the pleasure of drinking recently, but this is a really good brew. Glad I got the opportunity to drink one, and would certainly recommend.

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Photo of kbutler1
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
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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Photo of beagle75
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a tulip glass.

A: Murky, medium amber color with two fingers of pearlescent cinnamon-tinted foam. Medium but inconsistent lacing remains on and a few solitary bubbles rise from the sides of the glass.

S: Caramel malt is rather pronounced in the smell, with crisp minerality, piney herbaceous hops, and a trace of esters also detectable. Intensity is sufficient for the style but some contributing elements border on being soapy or medicinal. No alcohol is detected.

T: Begins fairly sweet, with refined caramel and hop aromatics that remain true to the smell. Acidity is bright and intense, helping out a little in the balance. Malt's grainier qualities emerge in the middle, with mild estery fruit also making a contribution. Umami is defining in the finish--not overpowering, but certainly the most noteworthy quality present. Otherwise, bitterness is predictable in intensity but excessive in duration while herbaceous and toasted grain flavors keep things interesting late. Alcohol builds throughout the serving, but never becomes noxious or defiant to style.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, slightly sticky and just barely astringent on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: Not being a participant in the Chicago-area beer scene, the appearance of this beer--in cans!-- at Eagle River Liquor in Fulton, IL, caught me completely by surprise. While it looks like homebrew, it actually presents a host of other qualities that are each satisfactory in their own right. One of its best features is the appealing balance it strikes between malt, hops, and yeast contributions; in the final tally it comes together remarkably well, yielding a DIPA of reasonable strength that is greater than the sum of its parts. Beer judging aside, the label art seen on the can is some of the least appealing yet encountered.

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Photo of kawilliams81
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
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 znichols
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
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 ColdPoncho
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
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 match1112
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: burnt caramel with a three finger dish soapy head that has incredible lacing.

s: sweet malts and citrus.

t: really sweet. more like a malt bomb than a dipa.

m: medium body, good carbonation. smooth.

o: cant believe this is a dipa. virtually no bitterness, tons of malts. lots of varying reviews on this beer but still worth a try.

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Photo of Urbancaver
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
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 brew3crew
3.4/5  rDev -8.4%
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 Duff27
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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 fdkayti
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
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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Photo of Vonerichs
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a rusty orange with thick, white, frothy head. The lacing is abundant.

Smells of orange peel and resinous pine are the first to the nose, followed by an herbal spice. Not much malt is being picked up.

The citrus and pine hops are pleasant, but there's a huge fusel spice to this. It kind of reminds me of that onion-like quality in Gubna.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with good carbonation, but boozy. It's tolerable, but I've tasted DIPAs with 8% or more that hide the alcohol much better than this.

Overall, it's a good beer and one I'll likely have again, but it's a notch below most of the great DIPAs that are readily available.

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Photo of vande
4.29/5  rDev +15.6%
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 GbVDave
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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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Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.
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