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Brewed by Holgate Brewhouse
Style: Imperial/Double IPA
Woodend, VIC, Australia
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 89   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Holgate Hopinator takes the original concept of an IPA to the extreme, with a higher gravity to balance an outrageous hopping schedule. Delivering rich and malty caramel flavours,a dense pine hop aroma and an edgy bitter hop finish


3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyobon (898) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - APR 2, 2013
(Tap) Clear coppery amber with good white head. Good fall hoppy aroma. Light body nice carbonation. Lovely sweet and light start leads to an excellent big hoppy bitter finish. Overall a nicely balanced big IPA.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jado (492) - Camp Hill, AUSTRALIA - APR 1, 2013
Pours a clear chestnut brown with a small but lasting off-white head and noticeable carbonation. Scents of lemon, malt, flowers and pine on the nose. The taste shows hop bitterness with some citurs characters. The malt backing brings a light caramel sweetness towards the end. Agree with other comments though that this is not really a double IPA. The malts are certainly amped up, but the hops are too subdued. Tasty, but not really as advertised.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CitrusP (59) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - MAR 27, 2013
Had on tap and from the bottle. Average from both but maybe slightly better from the bottle. As people have said, a very non-descript kind of IPA. To call this a double is almost wrong, as it tastes far more like a single IPA. Too malt dominated, carbonated and thin. Not bad, being harsh though cause these guys can dobetter.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ComradeK (989) - The Vale of Dundas, AUSTRALIA - MAR 18, 2013
330ml bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper amber, with a smallish off-white head, which does not last all that well, but does leave decent lacing. The aroma is mainly toffee and caramel malt, with some fairly nondescript hops notes in there as well - a bad sign for a DIPA. Aggressively bitter pine needle hops up front lead into a straightforward toffee malt body. Leafy hops make up the finish. The hops flavours of this beer, whilst strong enough for a DIPA, are quite bland, and dominated by the malt. Not a great effort.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TimE (3106) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 8, 2013
dark amber color. Touch of caramel and pine. Full bodied, but not so great.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Nysa67 (15) - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - JAN 18, 2013
I found this beer pretty damn good especially for an Australian brewery who IMO don’t do IPA that well. quite surprised at others low ratings. Anywho perhaps it is because it is branded as a double IPA. It does seem to be between IPA and double and maybe if branded as IPA expectations might differ?

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
pmuzz (400) - AUSTRALIA - JAN 8, 2013
Nothing much to say about this beer. Do not expect to be blown away by the hops as they are barely perceptible. Average.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
DeliriumT (354) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - NOV 16, 2012
Pours dark amber with little head. Smells very sweet with spicy hops. Flavour is overbearing with sweetness. Overall tastes like a little bit of a haphazard iipa.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
presario (4594) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 5, 2012
Copper. Minimal head. Boozy, hoppy brown sugar scent. Tastes the same only stronger in all aspects. A bit raw and rough.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
reebtogi (4088) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 13, 2012
330ml bottle pours a pale amber color with a small white head that settles quickly to leave some decent lacing on the glass. Aroma is piney with some caramel. Taste is a piney hop bitterness with some passionfruit and a caramel malty sweetness. Medium bodied with some decent carbonation. Easy drinking for a DIPA and quite tasty and recommended.


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