Although I love every guest review that comes my way, the ones closest to my heart are the ones that come from people who don’t have beer blogs and don’t regularly review beer. Today I’m posting another review from Silvio. I believe this is his second published review. He has promised me more reviews, so I expect we will get to know him well. Many thanks to Silvio for his review of Clay Pipe Hopocalypse!!!
Considering that my favorite genre of movies has always been post-apocalyptic movies where landscapes are reduced to ashes and characters decimated, there was no way I could pass up trying this beer. With a picture of a mushroom cloud on the label, I expected to be blown away by hoppy goodness. Unfortunately for my taste buds, the product doesn’t live up to the promise.
Don’t get me wrong, this is an okay beer. It’s just not an outstanding IPA. Hop-Ocalypse looks visually appealing – I poured it into a pilsner glass and was rewarded with a tall foamy crown and a nice copper color. So far so good. But after my first sip, I wondered when the flavor would show up. It was hoppy, but not overwhelming. In fact, I’d say it was a little underwhelming.
After I got a few sips into the glass, it got a little better. This is a complex beer, and by that I mean you need to really try and taste its intricacies. It does have a heavy hops aftertaste, recognizable after swallowing – definitely more so than upon sipping. In fact, it reminds me a bit of another beer, Sierra Nevada’s Pale Ale. The hops are tangy, if they reach the back of your palate. The beer isn’t too strong either, with a 5.8 percent ABV.
So there you go – if you’re in a pinch and looking for an IPA that will get the job done, look no further. However, if you’re looking to take a sip and be blown away by a nuclear blast of hops, you’ll be pretty disappointed.