Hopping Mad
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Pale Ale - English
Ranked #40
Ranked #30,252
3.79 | pDev: 10.55%
Granite Brewery & Restaurant
Ontario, Canada
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Notes: A copper coloured pale ale, aggressively hopped with Cascade hops and dry hopped with East Kent Goldings.
Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 41 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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eberesford from Canada (ON)

3.69/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cask Conditioned at the source: copper body under a light off white head with good lacing. The body is slightly cloudy which reduced my scoring. Aroma light floral hop some toffee. Taste of caramel toffee and toast offset by well balanced bitterness in the body and finished with a lovely floral (not citrusy) hop finish. Mouth feel full but not cloying. A lovely UK style IPA.

Jun 04, 2017
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far333 from Connecticut

3.54/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On cask at the Queen and Beaver in Toronto. Pale copper colored with a soft, large bubbled head of foam that sits about a quarter inch high and lingers long. Virtually no aroma. Delicate and delectable flavors of honey malt, some biscuit, floral and citrus hops, a note of pine. Orange rind lingers. Soft and full mouthfeel, some noticeable carbonation for a cask ale. The overall score is low due to the lack of discernible aroma, otherwise this is a lovely beer.

Oct 23, 2015
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Cramshawbar from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Watery, not hopping and the only thing that will be mad is you, thanks to your high expectations and Granite's average delivery.
Get your jollies elsewhere.

Jun 17, 2014
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CAMRAhardliner from Canada (ON)

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on cask at C'est What.

Pours quite clear with a characteristic bubbly cask head. Just a few big continents of lace stick to the glass. The aroma is grassy and citrusy with a solid malt doughyness. Grapefruit and also herbal and woody hop notes hit first in the taste. Always in toe is robust malt presence. The mouthfeel is quite light with a languid carbonation. Bitterness mixes with malt sweetness and a bit of alcohol heat in the finish.

This is a great cask IPA. Excellent balance with malt equally represented to hops. I sense a bit of an English hop character. While a little restrained for my hophead tastes, its a lot closer to the style than the brewery's other IPA.

Apr 01, 2012
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SebD from Canada (ON)

3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice cloudy orange/red color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of citrusy, tropical and piney hops with some bready malts and a slight caramel note.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a nice citrusy, tropical and piney hop character to it but also has a strong enough malt presence.

Mouthfeel: It has a low carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with good flavors and aromas.

Mar 19, 2012
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trxxpaxxs from New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On cask at the brewpub...

A: Pours a nice amber, orange/red, color with a bubbly off white head. The foam settles into a rocky landscape of large and small bubbles. There is minimal lacing as it drinks.

S: This beer is has a great floral nose with larger scents of citrus than their standard IPA. I'm also picking up a bit of pine in the background. There is a touch of sweet malt, but it's really subdued.

T: The initial hit is big and floral. The citrus comes on strong in the middle. I get mainly lemon and grapefruit out of this beer. There is a slight touch of pine in there as well, but the overwhelming flavor is lemony hops.

M: Light bodied beer. There is nothing to outrageous in the way it hits the palate. The flavors mingle well on the palate and the citrus notes don't destroy your mouth. It's a bit bitter in the finish, but it's pleasant.

O: Another solid beer from Granite. It's nice to have a flavorful IPA that doesn't wreck the taste-buds. I'd spend my money on another pint of this beer in the future.

Feb 20, 2012
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spiderwebb70 from Canada (ON)

4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy copper, orange. Average head, plenty of lacing.

Smell: Grapefruit, other citrus. Some bready scents.

Taste: A beautiful bitter hoppy taste. Caramel and citrus comes through.

Mouthfeel: Very little carbonation, medium bodied.

Overall, this is a very good IPA. As a recent award winner, I was expecting exceptional. Not disappointed, but not the best I've ever had.

Sep 18, 2011
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Matt1516 from Canada (QC)

3.89/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a growler:

Very little carbonation--thin head with little lacing, copper body.
Smells of pine and sweet malts.

A little thin and watery mouthfeel but the taste doesn't disappoint. Lots of pine and bitter hop taste along with sour malts and caramel flavours. A slightly sweet but dry finish--Medium bodied.

Nice session beer--even at 6 percent.

Jul 27, 2011
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biegaman from Canada (ON)

4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off cask at C'est What?, in Toronto.

Hoppin' Mad has a glowing ruby colour but is not without some wispy yeast haze. It's a bijou in a pint glass! And it has a delicate, mossy head that looks like thousands of years of built up dust that could be disturbed with anything so subtle even as a heavy breath. It leaves a lacing that looks like an anatomical model of the central nervous system.

Ontario brewers typically tend to have an irrational fear that hops will ruin their beer - I'm glad Granite knows better. This bouquet displays an expressive hop character and still maintains a consummate balance. It has just the right amount of toasty biscuits and sweetness and enough bitter grapefruit flesh and citrusy orange and lemon character too.

Hoppin' Mad is exactly what I think most modern British brewers are aspiring to (although they'd probably call it a bitter, not an IPA, which would probably be more accurate anyhow). It has a solid barley-malt background with some sweeter, nuttier notes that linger as well as the more bitter (yet eloquently fruity) taste of citrus piths.

Although the hop oil count is high, bitterness is soft and seems almost optional given the co-presence of malty sweetness. A pint strikes me as the minimum you'd want to drink; I know time permitting I would have had another. Unlike the best cask ales, however, warming didn't do it any favors or unleash any previously undetected flavours.

A single stream of afternoon sun, blunted by a smoky atmosphere, reaches a wooden, warped tabletop above which a wrinkled face is occupied behind ruffled pages of newspaper - Hoppin' Mad is the kind of cask ale that can lay out an entire scene in the space of a few sips. It is exactly the kind of beer CAMRA campaigned to keep around. And good thing they succeeded.

May 20, 2011
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peensteen from Canada (ON)

3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on cask at volo

Pours a deep orange/red colour, one of the better heads I have seen on a cask beer, sticky with some lace. Smell is pine up front, good sense of malt, citrus, orange notes. Taste is of pine, nice bitterness going on, malty, some citrus comes in and out. Mouthfeel is kind of watery, great light carbonation, decent weight, good hop oil presence. Pretty good overall, would like to try this again maybe not on cask to see how it stacks up

Apr 01, 2011
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liamt07 from Canada (ON)

3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On cask at the brewpub, into a pint glass.

Poured a dark red, bordering on burgundy with an off-white, soapy and typical "Granite cask pour;" literally a soap like head that retains pretty well and mild lacing. Nose is primarily piney, with some citrus surrounding it. Fairly sweet malt based, slightly dark breads too. Taste relatively similar to the nose, malt leads the way and the hops come through midpalate. Mildly bitter finish that lingers for a bit. Smooth and good body from the cask. Medium low carbonation and a solid drink. Always grab this one when I'm at the brewpub. One of the better IPAs round here, if not completely "American" style wise.

Mar 05, 2011
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allergictomacros from Canada (ON)

3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy amber with a solid head of foam.

S - Nose is gunpowder? and a hint of grapefruit.

T - Subdued hop flavour. A bit of lemon and a lightly bitter finish and a metallic caramel in the middle.

M - Medium-light. A touch of astringency but otherwise quite smooth.

D - OK session brew but doesn't knock my socks off.

Nov 11, 2010
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korguy123 from Canada (ON)

4.49/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

2L growler into snifter. Best Before Oct 20th
Special thanks to liam07 for this one.

A- Copper pour, half finger white head, lacing is awesome.

S- Candied sugar, grapefruit, mandarin, mango. Faint pine presence, strawberries and peach.

T- Bitter pine, strawberries, mandarin oranges, peach, apricot. One of the fruitest IPA's to date.

M- Long juicy presence with a very fast dry aftertaste. Very fulfilling and satisfying.

D- I'm splitting this 2L with my brother in law and 2L I don't think is enough!

Sep 25, 2010
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kwjd from Canada (ON)

4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I frequently will have this beer so I figure it is time to finally review it. Pours a deep orange colour with small, but thick, white head. Lacing down most of the glass. Smells of floral hops, a bit soapy (in a good way?), with some biscuity malt. I am pretty sure this is more of an English style than American, and it is a good one for that. By American IPA standards this would be a weak IPA. Mouthfull is very smooth, nice cask ale.

Sep 20, 2010
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eat from Canada (QC)

3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I opened this growler a couple hours after picking it up at the brewery, so it couldn't be much fresher. This is not the prettiest beer I've seen: amber in colour with no head, no visible carbonation and no lacing.

The nose is really light. Very English in character, smelling mostly like a bitter, though with a little more grapefruit. A tiny bit of diacetyl shows up as well.

The flavour is , again, very English. Where are the hops? This is just another Ontario brew boldly proclaiming an abundance of hops through it's name only to let you down with the actual flavour. Some light grapefruit rind comes through. Quite bitter and with a decent malt backing but there isn't enough hop character coming out. A bit of unpleasant ashtray, though it's not too distracting. Pretty well balanced but not at all interesting. Nowhere near the amount of hops you'd expect given a name like Hoppin' Mad. Though if you were expecting lots of hops, I guess you would be mad...

This feels exactly like it was just poured from a cask, fitting with the English character I suppose. Low carbonation with a silky medium body.

This stuff is quite drinkable, actually. It did go down pretty quickly. Not a bad brew, just not my thing. If you're really into English-style IPA, you'd probably enjoy this one. If I ever come across Hoppin' Mad on cask I'd check it out again.

Sep 16, 2010
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JohnnyBarman from Canada (ON)

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On cask at C'est What.

Poured a tawny orange, perfectly clear, with the cask pump creating some impressive foam and thick sheets of lacing. Looks a great deal like Boddingtons, I have to say.

Nose is bready, malty, caramel notes with rich floral hops. I agree with the previous reviewer - definitely smells and looks more like an English IPA.

Like an English pale ale with American hopping. Creamy and malty, but finishing with a tasty, floral hop kick. I went into this expecting a Canadian stab at the AIPA style, and while this wasn't it, it certainly was enjoyable.

A creamy body and milder carbonation made this very easy to drink. Would be a great sipper on a cooler fall day.

Big ups for Granite - a nice little brew that went down far too well.

Aug 19, 2010
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MasterSki from Canada (ON)

3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On hand-pump at Volo. Had this instead of the explosive (literally) Duggan's #99 DIPA. Served in a pint glass.

A - A half-finger of orange-tinted foam with excellent retention. There is some patchy lacing left behind. The body eventually settles out to a semi-transparent marmalade orange color.

S - As someone who lives in the US and drinks "American" IPAs a lot, I can safely say that this ain't one of them. Definitely either English IPA or APA here, with lots of floral and slightly lemony hop character mingling with wild honey and biscuit. If this was listed as the latter two styles, it'd be a 4.0, but as an American IPA it suffers.

T - Too much bittering hops here, and not enough flavoring ones. Starts with notes of honeyed bread, then becomes somewhat harsh and astringent. Thankfully it finishes with a little grapefruit before leaving behind a lingering bitter aftertaste. As it warms a little more orange and floral character comes out, so don't drink this one super-cold (although on cask, it shouldn't be to begin with).

M - Carbonation is surprisingly active for a cask beer, but it's still quite soft. Chewy medium body that's quite smooth and sufficiently heft. No obvious alcohol. There's a quite enjoyable enamel-coating residual feel.

D - The bitterness gets a little abusive, and the flavor is somewhat mono-timbral. I'd have it again over some of the other Ontario dud IPAs, but it's not something I'd be doing back flips about.

Jun 26, 2010
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TurdFurgison from Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on cask at C'est What in Toronto. The beer is hazy, dark copper color, with a thick and solid looking tightly celled foam. The aroma was choice, hops that were more floral than citrusy, a little of what I suspect to be honey, and a very slight bread or biscuit malt background. The taste is strong while understated, light berries and floral fruits, some bitterness in the aftertaste but not to a detrimental level, more delicious hops than bitter hops. The body is smooth and creamy, excellent cask mouthfeel, drinks faster than similar strong-flavored IPA's. This became my standard go-to beer during my several visits to C'est What while in Toronto.

Sep 19, 2009
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BrewSomerville from Canada (ON)

3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Had it on cask at the brewpub.

Aroma: Lemon, grassyness, just a hint of grapefruit. Not much malt arome made it through the hops.

Looks: Copper, orange in colour. Nice sized head, lots of large bubbles on top, with a tighter looking head underneath. It left a good amount of lace behind clinging to the glass.

Taste: Great. Good bitterness, while retaining balance. Citrusy fruits, lemon, orange, marmalade, soft pineyness. A little bit of caramel in the background. Pleasant, long finish.

Mouthfeel: Nice low carbonation. Medium to full bodied.

Aug 22, 2009
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer appears a hazy ruby brown colour, with a few fingers of fizzy white head, which leaves a small ring of lace around the glass. It smells of grapefruit and earthy hop essences, and white biscuit grain. The taste is earthy, weedy, mild citrus and pine hops, and more white grain biscuit. The carbonation is average, the body is light, smooth, and a bit creamy, and the finish is dry, with a lingering resinous hoppiness.

Aug 18, 2009
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Derek from Canada (BC)

3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Copper with a bubbly (seriously big bubbles), off-white head. Very little head, no retention, slight leg/lace.

S: Citrus, rind/zest, grassy, caramel, slightly earthy minerals & a hint of fruitiness.

T: Good bitterness & hopping, though for an IPA called 'hopping mad', I expected a little more. Orange, tangerine, rind, slightly floral & grassy spicing, biscuity grain, well-balanced.

M: Light to moderate body with very little carbonation (like a cask).

D: Quite drinkable.

Mar 27, 2009
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Viggo from Canada (ON)

3.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at Volo, have had a few times elsewhere as well.

Pours a lightly hazed coppery orange, quite a nice colour, very thick and tight off white head forms, drops lace rings all around the glass and settles to a medium sized ring and layer, great retention. Smell is nice, very floral and fragrant, some orange peel, light fruits and biscuity sweet malt backbone, honey and slightly grainy. Taste is similar, sweet at first, caramel, toasty, and very fruity, some strawberries and mango, light floral and heavy herbal bitterness in the finish, a bit spicy with some orange peel sharpness. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with low carbonation, very drinkable. Didn't like it the first time I had it on tap, but it really comes through nicely on cask, really easy to pound a few of these down. The beer just disappears!

Jan 14, 2009
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bobsy from Canada (ON)

3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at C'est What. Definitely more lip-smacking than the cask version I had at Volo's Cask Days. Pours a light copper colour with a nice off-white head that faded to a whispy cap and left some lace. Strong leafy hop aroma, some grapefruit and herbs also. Full on bitterness - impressive in fact - grassy, leafy, light grapefruit and caramel, but overall very hop focused. Probably one of the bitterest Canadian brews I've so far come across. Medium-light body and medium carbonation.

Very solid new addition to the Granite lineup, and one of the hoppier beers in Ontario, so it should satisfy many a hophead. Very well done!

Jan 09, 2009
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Sammy from Canada (ON)

3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

perhaps their best beer. An understated IPA whose orange-grapefruit citrus and good use of hops and freshness lends itself well to the cask format. Pours grapefruit cloudy colour with abundant soapy bubbles. Taste is a bit soapy and hoppy. There is a bit of clorine/alcohol that may be due to the glass cleaning. Medium mouthfeel, smooth and drinkable.
Had on tap about 5 months later and it was nice drinking, good hipping.

Oct 12, 2008
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