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

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RATINGS: 84   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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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


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3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
mattkatz (9) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2012
Bottle pour in tulip style shaker. Clear filtered, light amber color. Thin, white head with little lacing. Caramel toffee notes in aroma, with hint of pine. Light on carbonation, strong initial hop hit with distinct bitterness, but soon mellows to be relatively easy on palate with malty, smoothness. Aftertaste is sweet but a bit stronger than other Double IPA?s, at this 7% abv. Seems like a decent entry for the style.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosslew (119) - AUSTRALIA - APR 11, 2014
From an International Beer Shop growler. Beautifully fresh. Pours thick burnt caramel colour. And it has thick, but very nice mouthfeel. Got forward hopping. Retains wonderful citrus taste seems to evaporate sweetly at the end. Super beer without bitterness and alcohol bite. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
maberginc (1) - Washington, USA - APR 9, 2014 does not count
I had this beer when on a recent trip to the Philippines and had to bring a few bottle home. I’d put this up with any of the craft beers in the US any day. If you didn’t know this was brewed in Australia you would think it was brewed in the states. I’ll be looking for it on shelves here for sure.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Masterkush7 (381) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
Bottle. Smooth caramel to the nose with a hint of hops, pours a deep amber colour with a tan head, little head retention. Big sweet toffee and caramel flavour, a bit of alcohol. Medium body with a slightly stick texture.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Sevenlee (1203) - Central Coast, NSW, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2014
Pours a clear golden colour with a white head. Aroma is malt, fruit. pine and hops. Taste is medium sweet leading to a nice hoppy finish. Good stuff.

3.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
SNL (128) - - DEC 19, 2013
Tap. Clear amber pour, frothy White head. Minor citrus Nose, malts and a little citrus in taste. Not as bitter as expected. Good though.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
AgentAle (425) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 12, 2013
Aroma: Hoppy light aroma Taste: Hoppy/Malt taste , very hoppy finish Appearance: Cloudy medium brown body and very lacy retaining head ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pyrmir (2768) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2013
On tap. Slightly hazy copper with beige head. Aroma is sweet; tropical fruits, pine, caramel and alcohol. Taste is fresh; pine, resin, tropical fruits and caramel. Fairly high bitterness

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Frovigalning (2720) - Örebro, SWEDEN - NOV 3, 2013
On tap at Jerntorgets Brygghus in Göteborg. Milky and creamy smell with hops, fruits and a flowery aroma. Some green apples. Similar taste, round long bitterness.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
KnutAlbert (5789) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle at 137:ans, Södertälje. Lovely barley wine nose, lots of barley turned to sugar. Glowing amber. PAst its sell by date, but this has blended into a flawless, sweet beer. Some bitterness in the back to keep it form getting to sugary. Next time I’ll try a fresh bottle to compare.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgb1991 (101) - AUSTRALIA - OCT 8, 2013
Tap. Awesome caramel malt aroma. Gorgeous amber colour and lacing head. For a double IPA, quite subtle on punchy flavour. Finishes with copper tones and a prominant malt character. Seems like they didnt try to dry the beer out. Nevertheless still an interesting beer.


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