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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

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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Ratings: 397 |  Reviews: 89
Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of imbibehour
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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 malfunxion
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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 smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -18%

Photo of Duff27
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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 feloniousmonk
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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 liamt07
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Sweffin
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of tommy5
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of drabmuh
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
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 tobelerone
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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 brandoman63
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
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 lupercmda
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of Whiskeydeez
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of jzeilinger
3.01/5  rDev -17.8%
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 BARFLYB
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
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 Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of sweemzander
2.27/5  rDev -38%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of beerthulhu
3.29/5  rDev -10.1%
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 weeare138
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 397 ratings
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