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Great Leap Hop God 120 Imperial IPA

Brewed by Great Leap Brewing
Style: Imperial IPA
Beijing, China
Serve in Shaker, Snifter


on tap


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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.5/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37   EST. CALORIES: 234   ABV: 7.8%
Previously 6.8%ABV
The Hop God takes takes the spirit of the Little General to the celestial beyond. Weighing in at over 100 IBUs, the combination of 40% Chinese and 60% American hops gives our Imperial IPA a serious kick. The American hops result in a bitterness backbone, while the Qingdao Flower Hops add floral aromas.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
drsandman (662) - New York, USA - OCT 9, 2015
Quingdao flower hops, oh my! Pours a deep hazy cooper / Amber, off white head. Aroma is caramel, pine, grapefruit rind, sweet candies, grass, floral notes . Flavor is pretty sweet boozy malt, floral hops, earth, minerals, dirt, yeast, lasting sugar on the back end. Huge and full body, super sweet and malty. Not my bag babay, needs some work.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kidmartinek (3985) - austin, Texas, USA - AUG 7, 2015
Deep copper colour with a white head that laces like a blanket. Looks delicious and dark but its an IPA. Low key, but balanced and strong. In other words the palate is medium but the hoppy, citrusy, resinous notes shine trhough while maintaining drinkability. You can tell its a strong beer on the finish though despite any lack of bite.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
omhper (21769) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - DEC 15, 2014
Keg at the brewpub. Clear deep golden, mid sized head. Light citrus aroma. Sweet with near full body and clean mouthfeel. Some syrup and citrus, but mostly just inky bitterness. Unbalanced and raw. Brutally bitter.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
thebeertourist (5155) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 6, 2014
On tap at the brewpub. Amber colour. Fruity hoppiness, hints of apples. Very bitter. No compromise.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HerrBierkoenig (676) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - SEP 21, 2014
From 1,0l patent pended glass bottle transported by plane, than stored for 1 week in fridge. Pours cloudy amber red liquid, medium frothy tan head. Aroma: light citrus, lemon grass, orange, light malty, some pine, some candy, slightly moldy in the background, fine, but not very intensive (get intensive after warming). Taste: light sweet, medium to heavy bitter, light to medium sour, first appears mid malty body, than citruses, strong bitterness and sourness. Not very harmonious, lacks character. Palate: full body, oily texture, soft to flat carbonation, long bitter citrus finish. Overall: not bad, even if it is bit disharmonic and mild. The transport and bottling damaged the beer I assume (palate, carbonation). Curious about the taste in the pub and also about other GLB stuff.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
GuideDogSaint (868) - Xiamen, CHINA - JUL 21, 2014
Tap at #6 on 9/7/14. Pours dark brown with a thin white head. Very hoppy aroma with a bitter finish. One of my favourite GL beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beersiveknown (4217) - NORTHERN IRELAND - MAY 5, 2014
keg at the brewpub
dark ruby amber with dense white foam. Rich dank hop aroma, pretty better up front., a little soapy floral hoppiness, warming booze, a decent fist at a DIPa.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Tinco (595) - Linköping, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2013
Visited Great Leap and tried 10 of their beers in samplers. All in all I was impressed and happy with the beers. Too bad I forgot pen and paper so take more serious tasting notes so my rating score is based on memory. Probably one of the favourites from great leap. After craving some hops for a long time this one does the trick.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
radagast83 (5954) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2013
Buddy brought a growler back from China - this beer survived the trip. This one poured a slightly cloudy orange color with a pretty thick white head. Aroma was relatively non-existent, light malts, some hops. Flavor was a lot more robust. Plenty of citrus notes, oranges - some nice malt balance. This was a lot better than I ever expected it to be. Probably won’t have another chance to try this brew - was nice I had the opportunity.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dreamflower (702) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JUL 15, 2012
Lovely dark amber colour, with a sweet and hoppy citrus aroma. One of my favourite double IPAs, a style I’m just beginning to appreciate.

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