Hopasaurus Rex | McKenzie Brewing Company

Hopasaurus RexHopasaurus Rex
30 Ratings
Hopasaurus RexHopasaurus Rex

Brewed by:
McKenzie Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-26-2002

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Ratings: 30 |  Reviews: 15
Photo of mactrail
3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Dark amber brew with enthusiastic foam in the Ciney snifter. Quite sudsy sloshing over the tongue. Mouthfeel is sharp and spritzy. Malty body but not overly sweet. Vivid aroma of peach and mango. Really peachy, pickled in booze.

Flavor is massive malt somehow subdued by monstrous hops. Plenty bitter as the fruit melts in your mouth, but it passes away as the alcohol works on the throat. This is a big velvet hammer of a double IPA. Actually, nothing scientific, I’d call it a triple for how the hops and alcohol and malt all crowd together in a delicious onslaught of the senses. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Central Market north of Seattle. Label says 9.5% ABV.

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Photo of sometimesagreatpotion
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Purchased on 11/30/2016 from Whole Foods Market Eugene, OR. Bottle date unavailable.

Poured a golden, syrup colored hue with a white rocky head. The head lingered and the lacing was pronounced throughout consumption. The aroma consisted of predominant malt, syrup, with a moderate herb character. This doesn't seem to be a classic "C" hop PNW IPA, but an imperial that accentuates the malt character and leaves the bitter hop to make the big statement.
Taste is much of the same. Primarily a heavy malt backbone with a powerful earthy bitterness that drives its way onto the palette. After a few sips the powerful bitter settles nicely into what I would expect from an imperial.
The mouthfeel is full, pleasant, and coats the palette well.
Overall this is a solid beer for the price ( around $5 I think?) Definitely nothing to write home about, but surprisingly easy to drink.

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Photo of Merlin68
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GeorgeAKeim
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Epicfail97081
3.81/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NWHopinator
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dipso123
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Harvest06
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jake559
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of sharpski
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass.

A- Poured a hazy dark orange color with off-white fluffy head that left webbed lacing.

S- Pungent grapefruit, some tropical notes, and sweet malt notes.

T- Quite a bit of pungent grapefruit and tropical hops, sweet caramel malt, and some alcohol in the taste with moderate bitterness.

M- Big warming, light burn, fuller bodied, and a little syrupy.

O- Lots of nice hop flavor and a ton of malt sweetness. It is a solid DIPA that doesn't hide the booze all that well.

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Photo of shred
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of TheSooz
1.75/5  rDev -51.3%

Photo of comrade_tony
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of cjpalist
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of DrDaves49
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of ccrida
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is glowing auburn with with a large, foamy light tan head that leaves chunks of foamy lace.

Smell is pretty hoppy, herbal, sweet orange, toffee.

Taste is also big and hoppy, leafy grass notes, pine resin, sugary malt, firm bitterness.

Mouthfeel is dry, chewy and oily, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good. A solidly brash west coast DIPA. A bit maliter than I prefer, but has the hops to stand-up to it no problem. Pretty smooth as well, went down easy.

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Photo of johnnyboy76
2.75/5  rDev -23.4%

Photo of Beer21
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of dgilks
2.51/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear dark gold colour with a dense, creamy light tan head. Great lacing and good head retention.

Sweet and syrupy nose with a touch of grapefruit. Too malty.

Sugary caramel malts with added syrup. Mild piney hops. Mild bitterness. Not an IIPA at all without the required hop freshness and bitterness.

Medium-full body with moderately-low carbonation. Not good.

Too thick and actually unpleasant. Sweet, thick and sugary. Blech.

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Photo of Elimination
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap in Eugene brewery

Look is a deep copper prams tiny but thick looking white head

Smell is a very pugent Carmel malt smell, sweet very low hops actually

Taste is more of a web and red combined the 100 bus do come out but not as a harsh bitterness but a hop sensation that is sweet fruity and delicious

Mouthfeel is thick and hearty with a great aftertaste presence.

Drink is very good despite the high abv. With I could get a growled of it

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Photo of Norfawkers
3.18/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. For their listed 100+ IBUs this is quite malty and sweet with little else going for it. It looks nice anyway. Try the Bombay Bomber, their original IPA, which is excellent.

Appearance: Clear copper with not much head

Smell: Mild hops and some citrus

Taste: Funk and malt

Mouthfeel: Thick and syrupy

Drinkability: Too much malt and sweetness, which masks all other flavors.

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Photo of oregonskibum
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Served in a 20oz imperial pint glass at a local pub.

A: Nice orange-amber pour and fairly clear. Not noticable cloudiness. Limited white head that subsided fairly quickly with lots of thin lacing on the side of the glass.

S: Huge citrus (grapefruit) and pine hops. And then more hops, and hops, and hops. Yum.

T: Not surprising, the hoppy citrus and piney flavors dominate through the taste. Also getting a touch of fruity sweetness. But really, this is all about the hops.

M: A little heavy with some sticky mouth characteristics that didn't match the tast. I also noticed the alcohol a little. A little chewy on the finish.

D: Torn, as this isn't the world's greatest DIPA, but it is dang drinkable. Almost too much so, in fact. The first night I drank this beer, I had three pints (at 9.5%) and really don't remember much of the evening. This is all about the hops, from smell though the finish. And it doesn't disappoint. But I would like to see a little more carbonation and lighter mouthfeel with this beer.

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Photo of jdense
4.17/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

TV on the Radio Beer Tour Review #4.

On tap at the Green Dragon PDX.

I missed the BR Racer 5 keg by 5 minutes, so the informative barkeep suggested this as a (fresh!) alternative. I was not disappointed. Two finger creamy white head over clear orange body, substantial lingering lacing. Big hop presence in the nose with a good malt balance, a bit more bread than biscuit. I was surprised at how balanced this was on the tastebuds, with a fairly complex hop profile (citrusy/piney/faint grassiness) and sweet malt on the backend. Fairly substantial mouthfeel, maybe due to the newly tapped keg, and the alcohol was extremely well hidden, making this a dangerously drinkable DIPA. I'd sworn off the Steelhead's Ram-like corporate feel, but hey, I don't need to go into their sterile family-friendly confines to quaff this. Looking forward to having another of these soon. One of the highlights of the tour. The Monster is Back! Recommended.

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Photo of SurlyDuff
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4


An imperial ipa, alas! A welcome addition to any small brewery's beer list. Had this one ontap at their Eugene brewery.

Rich amber orange and quite clear.

Huge aroma of pine and grapefruity citrus. According to their beer menu, they "Added hops whenever possible; even at the expense of our own personal safety". Their safety be damned, I want hops!!! I wonder if many Bothans died to bring us this IIPA? Sorry, i couldn't resist.

Taste is great. A really good IIPA, without the overly malty sweetness or sticky overkill that some feature. It does hav e adecent mouthcoating resin presence, but its at good levels. A surprise find from a brewery that we almost just drove past.

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Hopasaurus Rex from McKenzie Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 30 ratings
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