Hop Whammy
Connecticut Valley Brewing

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New England IPA
Ranked #912
Ranked #4,384
4.17 | pDev: 8.15%
Connecticut Valley Brewing
Connecticut, United States
Notes: Picked straight from the bine and thrown right into the whirlpool, our wet hop NEIPA features fresh Connecticut grown Cascade hops that are harvested the morning of the brew day. Galaxy hops accentuate the local Cascade to impart an abundance of tropical fruit aroma with an intense burst of passionfruit flavor. Clean undertones of mango and hints of pine round out this intensely hopped brew, which finishes with notes of tangerine rind and zesty pineapple.
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4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid all around, murky, dank, juicy etc etc. Great go to IPA when available.....always a good addition to the beer fridge and easy to trade with your beer snob neighbors.

Dec 30, 2019
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Ronl12 from Massachusetts

3.83/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

16 oz can into IPA glass. Can't read the date.
Look is hazy dark yellow. Smell is tropical fruit with pine notes. Taste follows and ends with a little bitterness. Feel is medium. Overall nice IPA not a juice bomb but a nice IPA.

Dec 02, 2019
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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By Date: 1/10/19

A - Opaque dark orange color with lots of floaties and a thick layer of bright white frothy foam on top, carbonation is very little to none.

S - Some passion fruit, tangerine, and light citrus, nose overall is very faded.

T - Light tangerine, passion fruit, light tropical fruit presence (very little, though), and light spicy fruit rind.

M - Thick, chewy, and pillowy soft.

O - Solid but not as solid as the current score suggest (93).

Nov 12, 2019
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.09/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

16oz can into a pint glass. Best by January 2020, so plenty fresh.

Pours a cloudy murky orange yellow with a lot of suspended particulates. Initial good white head retains in some form throughout leaving some lacing.

Aroma is a slightly dank hoppiness.

Upon tasting, this seems a nicely balanced beer. Not overly bitter, but you get some bite. No fruit notes, but a good malt background makes this beer extremely drinkable.

Mouth between medium and full, finish on the soft side.

Overall, first beer from this brewery, and I'm quite impressed. Can was fun too.

Nov 09, 2019
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smcolw from Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, amber color. Small lasting head. Initially decent lace but little to show after the first few sips.

Mild aroma of a typical pale ale, relatively nondescript.

The body is slightly rich with a moderately toasted malt. The finish reminds me of my homebrews where there's a strong yeast presence. The hop is pleasant and balancing.

Oct 19, 2019
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spelingchampeon from Delaware

4.03/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

BB 1-10-20
Pours orange, light head, quick to disappear lacing. Passion fruit up front, and tropical aromas. Taste does not match the aroma, but is still tropical based. Solid amount of pine bitterness, with no overbite. MF is medium, very smooth, light carbonation.

A really good brew from CVB.

Oct 14, 2019
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Long Ridge Wine and Spirits for about fourteen dollars. Cannot decipher canned-on date, although says keep cold on can, stored @ room temperature. My second brew from these guys. Pretty solid, nothing special.

Oct 05, 2019
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Boto from Connecticut

4.18/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

16oz can: This one pours a very cloudy golden color. Small off white head that doesn't linger long or leave much lacing. Nice nose. Some orange and pineapple hops are the most prevalent, with other citrus and tropical notes in the background. The taste is good. It is both a little bitter and juicy at the same time. Orange, pineapple, other citrus and tropical flavors. A nice IPA.

May 31, 2019
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.88/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a fairly thick burnt orange color with a small cap of a little white foamy head. Two velvet encased rings of lace surround my glass.
The aroma had a sweet grassy hoppiness rolling into some citrusy bitter rind with a light banana. Lighter touch of mango/papaya further on the back end.
The flavor starts bitter but slides into a quaint sweet citrusy pith/mango-ish/papaya character. Quick grassy/mango/papaya aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Nice expected low key carbonation but a slight hoppy harshness bit at my tongue subtly. Nothing to be annoyed about, just noticeable. Semi-dry with a mild hop spicy finish.
Overall, pretty good New England styled UPS I could come back to. Thanks Drew.

Dec 26, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

4.28/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy golden color with an orange and beige hue. A fluffy head shows good retention, a creamy layer of film, and lathery lacing.
A moderate burst of tropical aromas opens the nose, evoking papaya, mango and banana. There is an intermittent aroma of herbal dank throughout, subtle bready malts, and a fleeting burst of tangy citrus pith.
Fruity tropical flavors align with the aroma and dominate the early tasting, albeit with a somewhat subdued intensity. Flavors of grapefruit rind begin to develop in the middle palate and lead to a bitter finish. Piny, leafy and mildly peppery hops flavors also develop and somewhat take over midway. Hops flavors dominate the dry cracker malt base overall, muted fruit that is not too sweet and herbal hops that are not too bitter but provide plenty of spice.
Medium bodied with a moderate prickle in the carbonation. Although the mouthfeel has a nice softness to it, it does however, manage to have a bit of crispness; the best of both worlds.
I liked this one because it combined some nice aspects of NEIPA with some bitterness, spice and crispness.

Nov 13, 2018
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metter98 from New York

4.21/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having light flavors of grapefruit.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice aromas and flavors of grapefruit that aren’t too strong or acidic.

Serving type: can

Nov 11, 2018
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dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.37/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 9/21/18 into pint glass. Pours a murky amber with a thin, off-white head. Initial impression is grapefruit juice, pine, and pineapple. Given the appearance, I was expecting a mellow NEIPA. This is not a mellow NEIPA. It has a definite bite to it, but it's not bitter. I don't know how they did that, but it's extremely drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium and not particularly smooth, yet perfectly highlights the hops. Finish is more of the same, with very little lingering bitterness. My second beer from this brewery, and they were both excellent.

Oct 22, 2018
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Greywulfken from New York

4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer! Opaque pale gold with a coupla fingers of white head on top... Canned 9/21/18 and featuring Cascade and Galaxy hops - wet-hopped - this is an excellent, fresh-tasting amalgam of clean pine and tangy pith... The pithiness is suggestive of grapefruit, with some hints of lime sharpening the edges, and a fresh breath of pine airing the whole affair out... Light-medium body-weight and feel, with ample carbonation, a solid bitterness and a subdued sweetness... Easily the type of beer you stick with all night...

Oct 13, 2018
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dms from Connecticut

4.88/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

They got this one right. Seems to me that they started with Trailblazer, toned down the abv a bit, balanced the taste and somehow pulled it all together. This is the best yet to come from this brewery. Yeah the fresh wet hops are a thing onto themselves. But that’s not whats making this beer great.

Reminds me of a cross between a Julius and an Alter Ego with a little less of the floral banana yeast up front that characterizes Treehouse (for me). Excellent quality. Carbonation is ‘special’ - a little different. Feels like lots of tiny bubbles yet totally smooth. You can practically chew on the hops. I don’t find it sweet at all but it’s also not too bitter. Really one of the best off the shelf beers in a long time. Comparable in quality to something like Industrial Arts Wrench.

Oct 12, 2018
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Sipervated from Pennsylvania

4.23/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An amazingly smooth beer with a great flavor profile from start to finish. While this is certainly a hoppy beer, the hops are well balanced with juicy flavor that's not too sweet. Certainly worth a try if you have the opportunity.

Oct 11, 2018
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of effervescent white head. The head is gone in a hurry, leaving a ring of lacing as it settles into a thin sheet.

The aroma brings notes of lime, grapefruit and pineapple. There's a sweet caramel note on the back. A bit muted but pleasant.

The flavor brings loads of pineapple and key lime pie, followed by some citrus and sweet malt. Finishes faintly bitter, earthy and piney.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft, creamy and smooth.

Overall, a good, well-balanced IPA that is full of tropical and citrus fruit flavors with plenty of malt to back them up.

Oct 04, 2018
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GHow from Connecticut

4.41/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10 oz can dated 9/10. Take a plane and climb into a thick dark gold cloud I'd call it a Hop Whammy. Great tasting smooth hop IPA. Love local product that our brewers are now using. I hope this one comes back again next season. Get it while you here.

Sep 29, 2018
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Packageguy from Connecticut

4.35/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is my first beer from Connecticut Valley Brewing, and it's also my first wet hop...and, I have to say, it was well worth the trip.
The brewery, which looked brand new (taproom still a few weeks away from going live) told me right away, that they mean business.
As for the beer, it has all the characteristics of a true NEIPA, especially, a nice burnt orange haze, wonderful fresh hoppy scent, casual head, decent lacing, and a very smooth, soft, lush, taste. The Cascade hops, which I was told (when I asked) were fresh picked in Litchfield, CT, and really complimented the Galaxy hops...fantastic combination.
And, hey, the can is cool, too.
Dude, if you haven't grabbed a pack of this by now, then you'll probably have to wait until next Fall, but make a mental note, and get in on this quick in 2018...you'll be glad you did.

Oct 07, 2017
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.98/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; pale orange in color; 1+ finger moussy white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: citrus - lemon, orange, pineapple, and a bit of lime;

T: ripe pineapple is predominant; other citrus way in the background; mild to moderate bitterness on the finish; flavor is long lasting;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: a citrus bomb on an IPA;

Dec 17, 2016
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Amguerra305 from Florida

3.92/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Looks like a dull hazy Amber orange in the glass with a thin ring of head around the edge of the glass. The smell is juicy with notes of peach and tropical fruit follows by a piney resin back end. The taste follows the smell with a light sweet peach flavor up front followed by a piney bitter bite that lingers. It is the aftertaste where this beer kind of fails. Way too much a bitter lingering bite. The is medium light and not much coating. Overall a good beer that has too much bitter piney hop finish for the style. Nose is on point though; definitely worth seeking out.

Nov 19, 2016
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strengthdoc from Connecticut

4.81/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured into a pint glass; the beer is a hazy bronze with a good amount of lacing and a nice one finger head. Nice aroma with a mix of light toffee and citrus. Nice moderately thick and silky mouthfeel. Excellent bold citrus hoppiness that continues through the finish and lingers for a while in the aftertaste. This beer is excellent, I hope they bring it back again.

Nov 12, 2016
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Power from Connecticut

5/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beers is truly exceptional, all around. It has a color reminiscent of peaches and a slightly peachy taste from the fruity body of the fresh terpenes in the wet hops. The Citra hops add to the fruity flavor while still adding the familiar bitterness of a strong IPA. It goes down almost eerily smooth, but at 7.0% it's not going to knock you out even if you chug it a bit. Unfortunately, if you haven't gotten this year, you will probably be waiting to next September.

Oct 07, 2016
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agreenman19 from Connecticut

4.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

L - the beer looks awesome, let's be real. Got dat NEIPA haze action going on, which is to be expected. A deep, resonating block of solid turbidity. Looks a bit like amateur-hour Green. Pineapple juice. Has an extremely fizzy head maybe a finger high that crackles and bubbles like crazy until it quickly dissipated into nothing. Just like Trailblazer. Everybody makes fun of TB for burning, but it does look like acid! This beer is no different. I did quite enjoy the label, if not a bit corny. The artwork and color scheme is enticing and I know I (and others I've talked to) thought this beer would taste really good based solely on the label. Not sure if it's the green, but man it looks good.

S - a pungent orange pith and grapefruit nose. Almost candy-like. Mild acidity burns the ol' nose hairs toward the end. Some bright melon - cantaloupe. Reminds me a bit of breakfast.

T - has a green, unripe melon candy punch up front. A bit grassy, a bit herbal, but the juice is there. Some pineapple and orange creamsicle. The main flavor, or at least flavor trend is prickly pear cactus, believe it or not. For those unfamiliar with it, I was out hiking the Grand Canyon and was able to stow away a few slabs in my backpack for later that night at the hotel. It was a pain in the ass to prepare, and preparation was 100% removing the spines. End result was a gooey, sticky, sappy mess that was incredibly herbaceous. Think crab grass, but it also had a sweet element. Raw, "wild" flavor. That's what I'm getting here. Feels fresh-picked. Enough juice to slap your shit with the NEIPA stick, but also some primal earthy hop bitterness to bandage up the wound. Honestly a great combination that I enjoy. It's certainly unbalanced, but in an aggressive, "in your face" kinda way. The wet hopping adds tremendous bitterness and dryness in the finish. A touch on the acidic side... dare I say it tastes a bit like burning?

F - light for the flavor and full of prickly carbonation. One of the frowny faces I throw at TB is the airy, abrasive carb and this follows the same trend. Shoulda seen that coming with the way the head fizzed like that body in Breaking Bad.

O - this beer tastes a lot like Trailblazer, but the wet hopping expands its flavor into uncharted territories. Increased bitterness for sure. Dryness all around, this will satiate any hop head. Pioneer has its issues, but this is by far the most consistent beer I've had from them (lol!). We'll have to wait until next year to find out if that's true!

Sep 24, 2016
Hop Whammy from Connecticut Valley Brewing
Beer rating: 92 out of 100 with 75 ratings