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RATINGS: 27   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.57/5   IBU: 99   EST. CALORIES: 213   ABV: 7.1%
From a brewery not so far, far away comes Hop Vader, a full-blown west coast hop experience that walks on the dark side. Hop Vader is a black IPA that’s fully saturated with Pacific Northwest hops for a citrusy strike. A Jedi mind trick using German black malt give this beer a dark hue with subtle roasty notes. A Death Star-sized dry hop charge using Simcoe and Columbus leaves a dank aroma that would challenge even Master Yoda. Is your organoleptic light saber ready?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
BillKismet (3658) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2015
Dark brown root beer body with a browned head. Piny, fruity, and minty hop aromas dominate. The body too is dominated by hop flavors, again a medley of pine, fruit punch, and mint. Far in the background is a backbone of ultra-smooth, debittered, roasty malt. Very wet on the palate. The finish is resinous, fruity, and smooth, subdued roastyness.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Marheb (3851) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 11, 2015
(En fût à la brasserie Long Beach): Mentholé, pain grillé, agrumes encombrantes, chocolat noir et une abrasivité dérangeante à la longue.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BOSSbrewer (2706) - Arkansas, USA - MAY 7, 2015
On tap at their place in Long Beach. Pours dark brown to black with a persistent, creamy off white head. Aroma is pine with some citrus. Flavor is really clean, not very bitter and none lingers. Really nice beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
presario (4901) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2015
Black with a bit of thick bubbly foam. Interesting nose. Light body with big taste. A different version of the style. I would like more hops but keep the magic malt recipe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
beerbaaron (1844) - Arizona, USA - APR 10, 2015
Draft at brewpub. Dark brown, near black. Beige head. Fairly strong bitterness. Moderate pine out front. Roast and cocoa play in the background only. Dry. Lighter medium body. Soft. Oily.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
callmemickey (3989) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Dark brown-black body with a medium sized light tan head, spotty lacing. Roast, pine, light grapefruit and lemon, earthiness throughout. Medium bodied with moderate to lively carbonation, assertive bitterness, semi-dry throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerFanDan17 (1043) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - OCT 26, 2014
Delicious IPA with dark roasted notes and full hoppiness. Pours a dark brown with a thick head... With legs! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ontape (469) - Valley Village, California, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Solid! On tap. Dark dark brown with mahogany highlights and a thick tan head. Smell is citrus and pine hops backed by roasted malts. Taste has nice bitterness and American hop notes with a dark, chocolate-y background. Full-bodied and smooth with a pretty dry finish. Hops really come through but don’t overpower. Extremely well-balanced.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sitzds (318) - - JAN 21, 2014
UPDATED: FEB 15, 2015 On tap at at Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach poured into a nonic. Beer pours clear dark brown with a two-finger tan head that leaves rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma is roasty malt, dank leafy hops, citrus peel, and light cocoa. Taste is initially sweet and roasty with cocoa and malt, then some citrus juice cuts through. Pine and herbal bitterness on the finish. Medium body, slightly sticky resin texture, medium-low carbonation, roasty, bitter, and mildly astringent finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (10320) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 18, 2014
Very drinkable black ipa. Very dark brown with lace sheet. 99 IBU not felt through the roast, but still a solid beer.

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