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 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 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 OWSLEY069
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy and murky orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, dry orange citrus hops. In the taste, dry pine to orange citrus, and minty hops. A small hop bite and a medium bodied mouthfeel, with a dry minty hop in the aftertaste. Nice dry hops, citrus to minty presence stands out.

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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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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 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 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 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 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 RonfromJersey
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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 blackcompg
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from their 12oz can...

Appearance -

Smell - Citrus, mango, grapefruit, sweet pineapple, and a whiff of vanilla carmels. Pours 2+ fingers of golden lite amber head, color of the beer is a rich murky amber, nice clingy webed lacing left after each sip.

Taste - Starts with muted semi-sweet citrus, lots of papaya and mango flavors dominate, then quickly shifts to grapefruit skins and floral hops. Definitely a prominent carmel malt backbone during all of this. The flavors are fairly complex but they are "dimmed" somewhat, not bright and poignant as in some of the other dipa's that I try to keep in my fridge.

Mouthfeel - Definitely medium mouthfeel, and a bit mouthcoating, much due to the lower carb. Carb is low foaming and smooth, no crispness or edges here at all. Result is that this is a bit more of a sipper vs. an easy drinker. Seems a bit "soft" and overly smooth for a dipa. Feels alot more like a doppleweizen.

Overall - A very interesting dipa - gorgeous color, great smell, taste just doesn't seem "brite" enough, and mouthfeel just feels a bit too heavy and mouthcoating for a dipa. A very interesting take on a dipa, i really do like it, just not what I expected.

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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 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 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 jsulko
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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 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 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 siradmiralnelson
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
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 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 rmcnealy
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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 JohnnyChicago
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a tulip.

A: Pours amber and syrupy with a cap of off-white head.

S: Piney and dank hops upfront. There is some toasty malt and pepper as well.

T: Nice West-coast style dank hop assault. Sweetness from the malt is only slightly apparent and provides the minimum balance.

D: Goes down easy and quenches the thirst. It does have a bit of a more-oily-than-usual mouthfeel, but that doesn't detract from the flavour too much.

Overall: Its a decent DIPA in a can. Not sure if the price justifies it, but a drinkable and tasty beer with few faults.

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Photo of seeswo
3.23/5  rDev -12.5%
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 Tucquan
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on 2012-01-09 in Columbia, PA

A - Cloudy brownish-orange with a 3-finger eggshell head into a nonic glass with good lacing.

S - Pine, grape taffy, caramel malt, flowery.

T - Big and sweet caramel and bready malt, pine, grapefruit flesh and rind, earthy spice, herbal/medicinal. Alcohol is apparent but not over-the-top. Finishes moderately dry with a lingering sweet malt, pine/herbal and rind bitterness.

M - Medium+ body and light-medium carbonation. Viscous and prickly.

O - A nice DIPA. I enjoyed it. It's heavier on the pine and malt than bright citrus but there's enough bitterness to compensate.

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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 wrycon
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark orangish-copper, almost brown. Pretty dense with a slight glow on the edges. Smells good. Very heavily of squeezed oranges and some slight bready tones. There's a hint of lighter, tropical fruit as well. Very smooth at the outset - no real bite. Reminiscent of a strawberry-banana smoothie. The malt grounds the middle and a thick, piney bitterness grows. The end is slight bread and a lot of bitter. Could be sweeter, but it's good. Not very carbonated, at all.

Like it? Sure.

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