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

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Hop SlayerHop Slayer

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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 Urbancaver
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
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 kawilliams81
3.26/5  rDev -11.9%
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 beagle75
3.72/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Blakaeris
2.09/5  rDev -43.5%
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 indiapaleale
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pour - dark orange with some red and brown highlights thrown in. The inch or so of foam is starting to leave some streaks of lacing inside the glass. This looks slightly hazy and a little ominous...I like where this is headed.

Aroma - a big blast of tropical fruits, grapefruit and a pineapple hit me right between the eyes. As soon as I get near this glass it's like someone is shoving my face in a bag of hops.

Taste - chewy, resiny with plenty of hop bitterness hitting the tip of the tongue and balanced very nicely by lots of tropical fruit sweetness. It has some astringency from all those little green fellas. Not overly cloying and certainly not too hoppy. It leaves my tongue coated with alpha acids (well, probably not literally) and give me a nice warm feeling inside - like I want to go hug a big hop-shaped pillow.

Overall - Want a big IBU-laden and hops-infested IPA? Here ya go! Hop Slayer should provide what many-a-hophead craves - that being lots of hop bitterness with a malty backbone to keep everything in check. You don't want those little green bastards getting out of control and ruining things for your palate. It's nice to be able to say that I love the label on this can and definitely enjoyed what graced the inside of it as well.

Would I buy more of it? - sure thing. I wouldn't mind having some of these chilling in the fridge at all times, just in case. This is a beer that I don't mind drinking a little on the cold side despite the high alcohol. Something about a nice, cold, strong IPA works wonders on a warm evening.

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Photo of match1112
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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 mschrei
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For review purpose explanation-can was a couple months old. Malt bomb when fresh, still a malt bomb now. Don't remember getting a ton of hops then, even less now. Looks and smells good though.

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Photo of RoamingGnome
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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 biggred1
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Dark, pumpkin orange with a big lumpy alabaster cap that leaves scraps of lace on the glass. Citrusy hops, pine resin and caramel malt in the aroma. Candied orange rind and caramel cube sweetness with a nice wave of hop oily bitterness. This is a good DIPA but not quite on par with the very best examoles of the style. The carbonation is a little too bright for my tastes and the finish is hop oily. A pretty tasty beer.

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Photo of ChugginOil
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 JohnnyChicago
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 brew3crew
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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 ColdPoncho
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
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 ferrari29
4.18/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured from can into Pint shaped glass

A - Beer poured with a nice off-white colored head; held well; beer is well carbonated and has an opaque looking dark orange or pumpkin orange colored body; moderate amount of sticky lacing formed on the sides of the glass; beer has a nice milky body and the beer head forms a nice oily barrier, creating beaded tear drops of beer that run over the top of the foam

S - Citrus hop scents; very well caramelized biscuit malt scents; pine and grass; bread; fruity berry yeast aromas come up too

T - Drink starts with a nice sweet citrus and berry flavor and immediately turns bitter; coats the back of the throat with a bitter taste, overwhelms the retro-olfaction mechanism with pine/hop bitterness; caramel malt

M - Nice thick body; probably thickest or fullest feeling IPA I've had until now; effervescent and leaves a nice bitter residue on the middle of your tongue; bitter tingling aftertaste of pine cone and hops

D - Fantastic drink; definitely deserves more attention than it gets; I really liked this one; smooth and full drink packed with a Imperial IPA bitter hop punch; don't pass up a chance to drink this great feeling hop bomb

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Photo of jeonseh
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into a tulip

A - Dark burnt orange and brown; Hazy beer with small white head

S - Orange, pineapple, light grassy, slight garlic, and grapefruit

T - Orange upfront with slight grapefruit bitterness in the middle. Enough malt to keep it balanced.

MF - Medium body with light stickiness. Full mouthfeel with lots of carbonation, Thick hop resin that remains on the tongue

O - Solid DIPA with a good balance and a strong bitter grapefruit presence

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Photo of Samp01
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz can. Pours a dark cloudy amber with a medium beige lasting head, some lacing. Aroma and taste is sweet caramel malt, pine citrus hops, some notes of orange, yeast moderate hops bitterness. Palate is a medium to full, moderate on the carbonation, a mild smoothness. Finish is sweet caramel malt, some citrus orange tones with moderates bitterness on the end. Has a good caramel malt background. A flavorfully good drinking, nice.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a turbid, murky burnt orange with just under two fingers of off-white head. Nice retention and lacing. Aroma is full of citrus, orange, and resin hops, with biscuit malts. Well blended and dynamic aroma. Flavor profile is very similar. The malt profile is much heavier in the flavor profile then the aroma. Citrus, orange, and resin hops punch through as well. Mouth feel is thick, with some carbonation harshness and graininess. Overall, a well-put together DIPA with strong characteristics. The malt profile is heavy, and drowns out some of hops in the flavor profile.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of vicsju1991
4.74/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from can into pint glass
A - pours a hazy dark ambery brown, with a two finger head,
S - very citrusy and grapefruity
T - delicious hop bite, some malt sweetness, citrusy as well
M - very smooth and drinkable, kinda creamy
O - very very good double ipa

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4.3/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a tulip glass. Served as King Paddy.

A: A golden blonde, hazy ale with a off white nose. Very good lacing with a two inch nose and good head retention.

S: The aroma was very pleasing, that of flowers and spice. A very well hopped beer which is present from the smell alone.

T: The taste of this beer was piney and strong. A nice presence of malt on the finish adds to the well balance of these complex flavors. Good carbonation with this IIPA. The alcohol presence is increase as the beer warms. Served nice and chilled, while refreshing, time is needed to allow to warm to fully sense all flavors.

M: With a nice silky mouthfeel, this brew is a great slow sipper, one that I found nice to end the night with.

D: while this brew is always 7$, even on 2.25 pint night (Wednesdays), I had joined the mug club just to be able to get it for 4$ all the time. This IIPA was IMHO the spot light of the beers that are brewed at the Onion. Very good and should be bottled in the cans, like the little brother, paddy's pale ale. Seek this out all you Illinois beer hunters.

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Photo of siradmiralnelson
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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 BrewerB
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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 blackcompg
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
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 ISmith87
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was surprised at the 83 on this one. Its not the best, but easily measures up to beers like hop slam in my book.

A - 4 - 4 by default, drinking out of the can, which is designed well.
S - 4 - pretty intense hops. Pine and citrus, nothing too special but not bad by any means.
T - 4 - follows the nose. Pine and citrus ( esp grapefruit)
M - 4 - intensely bitter. Alc a little noticeable. aftertaste is bitter grapefruit. Light-medium mouth feel.
O - 4 - Decent double IPA. Better than its rating for sure. Must be a really fresh can... I like it.

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Photo of jsulko
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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 ncketchum
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
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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Hop Slayer from Onion Pub & Brewery / Wild Onion Brewing Co.
3.7 out of 5 based on 387 ratings.
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