Hodgson's Bitter End IPA | Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub

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Hodgson's Bitter End IPAHodgson's Bitter End IPA

Brewed by:
Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
Washington, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by twelveinches on 11-03-2013

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Reviews: 15 | Ratings: 97
Photo of tone77
3.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pretty orange/bronze color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some light malts. Taste is piney hops, minty, some malts, flavors seem to be just not meshing well. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of DenverBigRed
2.92/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Strange beer for me. Smell is very bready like a lager. Don't get any hop aromas. Reminds me of a PBR. Taste is also similar to a lager like a PBR. Plenty of bitterness. In fact, all bitter, but no hop flavor. This tastes like a really bitter PBR.

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Photo of SawDog505
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass best by September, I am assuming 2016. Pours a very attractive reddish orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves amazing lace behind.

Smell is very bitter lemon, grapefruit, caramel, biscuit, and pine.

Taste follows pine, lemon, and grapefruit actually a crazy amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium, plenty of life, very dry, and drinkability is good if you like grapefruit rind.

Overall this is a amazingly aggressive IPA, especially considering it is only 6.5% ABV. Thanks @jzeilinger for this bitter bomb.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Copper amber color with small floaties and a thin, soapy white lacing.

S - Caramel malt, light citrus, and mild spice.

T - Caramel malt throughout with citrus and some herbal character. Moderate citrus on the back end which morphs into a moderate resiny citrus presence.

M - Medium body, very mild carbonation.

O - Very balanced up front with a building hop resin on the back end. Better yet, an IPA that comes from Washington State to the East Coast that's fresh and also date stamped on the label. Despite the score, I'd buy this again. Solid.

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Photo of woemad
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle purchased at Main Market in Spokane for $1.19. It appears Fish neglected to make a freshness “notch” in the space provided on the label, so there’s no telling how old this is.

Poured a hazy orange-amber color. Half-inch or so of bubbly beige foam stuck around for a little while and left lace on the sides of a Mass Transit Ale pint glass (thanks, Connie).

Juicy, grapefruity aroma to this. A little bit of malty sweetness was way in the background.

More bitter and herbal tasting than the nose let on.

Oily, prickly mouthful to this.

Bitter end was right, along with bitter start and bitter middle.. Definitely an IPA that will only appeal to a certain kind of hophead, one that likes things dank and bitter. I found it pretty good, but a little one dimensional. I’d like to try a bottle of this I know is fresh.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fish Brewing Co. "Hodgson's Bitter End IPA"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "SPAWNED ON DATE: FEB"

Notes: Slight haze, probably from dry-hopping. Surprisingly good head retention and lacing. Pleasantly hoppy aroma backed by mineralish caramel malt. Floral, leafy, herbal, piney and citrusy. As usual the flavor follows suit with boldness all around: hops, malt, bitterness. Dry, bitter finish with lingering leafy, herbal, spicy and somewhat grassy hops. Befitting the Hodgson name, the caramel maltiness and yeast choice seem English in nature, and I wouldn't be surprised if there's a healthy dose of Kent Goldings in there as well. The piney, citrusy and spicy hops (or is that alcohol?) give it an American twist. As it warms it becomes much more rounded and balanced.

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3.55/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nose is very nice with tones of citrus rind and orange marmalade. Body has a murky orange hue with an off white head that stands at nearly an inch. Head fades fast leaving dots of lace and a skim around the edge of the glass. With first sip you get a yeasty hue to the flavor. Hops are like candied pine needles that are distracted by the malt backbone to this beer. Drinks more like a pale ale then an IPA. Solid drinkability, but a bit disappointing as far as the style.

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Photo of eriff
3.64/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Dark Copper color off white head nice lacing
Aroma has biscuit malt with some aroma of hops
Taste is slightly sweet with a bitterness throughout the whole whole body. Citrus hops dominate towards the end and leave you with a citrus pine /bitter taste lingering at the end.

Overall a nice bitter beer without being to sweet/malty

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Photo of FreeBeer_Score99
4.28/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ideal place to drink: on my way back home from snowboarding, I stop by my local Winco and find this 6 pack gem for $7.89. Paired w/ meat & cheese roast beef sandwich at home, it stands out as a strong, dark copper, dry finishing IPA. Mmmm Winco

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Photo of 57md
3.49/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light copper color. The nose is mildly hoppy. The flavor profile is only lightly malty. This offering finishes dry and bitter but with a very funny aftertaste.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I am now committed to reducing, if not eradicating, my backlog of bottles. This one came out of the cooler at The Friendly Greek Bottle Shop.

From the bottle: "Spawned on Date Notched Above".

Ha! As a Piscean, I love fish jokes. As to the label, who is poor Hodgson? I would guess that he was a member of Her Royal Majesty's Navy, but to be cast off in a rowboat with only a quarter of a pint in his glass as barrels bob around him and his ship, aflame, sinks below the waves?!? A bitter end, indeed. As sailors, we used to postulate being cast or falling overboard, with or without life rafts and/or floatation devices. We all agreed - exhale as deeply as possible and float into Davy Jones' arms as the chances or survival and/or rescue are slim. Reference "All Is Lost" if you disbelieve.

This is MUCH more like it! Hodgson was not afraid of an aggro pour and directly following the pseudo-cascade, I had a dense finger of tawny head for my troubles. Color was a deep-amber (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled primarily of pine, but underlain with grapefruit and now, my mouth was watering. I raised a toast to Mr. Hodgson and took my initial draught in his memory. Mouthfeel was medium, but with a fair amount of effervescence. Taste was completely unbalanced in favor of very grapefruit-like citrus hops, but if you think that I am going to complain, you are out of your mind. Beautiful, sticky lacing began to appear in the glass as I continued to cogitate on Mr. Hodgson's fate. Finish began to evince a lightly caramel malt sweetness, but it was the hops that were front and center in this beer. This was a sailor's beer and if you don't like it, well, there's keelhauling for scallywags such as you!

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Photo of Spikester
3.42/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper gold with one finger of dense white foam that has good staying power. Fair lacing as the level drops. Nice aroma mostly biscuits and caramel. Big initial bitterness but not complex. Strong malt presence makes the beer more enjoyable. Not a typical IPA but more like an uber Amber. Good smooth mouthfeel with standard amount of carbonation. Long mostly dry bitter finish. Interesting beer but would have liked more interesting hop character. This beer was only about 2 months old so it was relatively fresh. Worth trying for sure but not one to walk a mile for. It still had a small cushion of head at the bottom of the glass. I had to bump the rating to a 3.75 in the appearance category for that.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.07/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottled 11/2013.

Pours a hazy honey orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, earth, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with earth and herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a high amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with lots of earthy and very bitter hop flavors that I don't care for too much.

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Photo of oberon
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours into a nonic a clear deep copper color with a nice looking sticky white head that leaves a full ring of lace as it settles slowly into a frothy mass.Not much hop presence for an IPA in the nose,mild leafy hops along with caramel/biscuit malt.If this was categorized as an APA it would get a high ranking from me but the hops just are not big enough all around here.Biscuit malts with caramel sweetness with a leafy almost minty like "herbal" hoppy finish.Not a horrible beer but the hop profile is lacking for the style.

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Photo of beardedbeernut
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from growler into ranger pint glass. Small amount of head though still perfectly carbonated.

A - opaque and amber, small head, tiny bubbles

S - sweet and malty, no hints at bitterness. I cannot smell any floral hop aromas

T - good well balanced ipa. Starts malty with nice hoppy bitter finish, reminds of a hoppy red ale.

M - good carbination and hoppy flavors dance on my tongue, bubbles are sassy

O - good drinkable ipa, not extrordinay but still quite descent. If I wasn't such a snob I would probably rate it excellent.

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Hodgson's Bitter End IPA from Fish Brewing Company / Fishbowl Brewpub
3.54 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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