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

bottled
common

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RATINGS: 93   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


4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
davidm (1935) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Bottle 330ml. Good name for a great beer. Aromas of pine and caramel. Flavour is long-lasting, with a sweet start and bitter notes. Medium to full body, silky in the palate. Brown colour, head disappears.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Rosslew (212) - 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

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
kearnsy (68) - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - NOV 30, 2008
Had this one on tap at the Holgate Brewhouse in Woodend. Poured an attracive dark cooper colour with a thick creamy head that laced well and lasted the entire drink. Aroma was dominated by excessive hop residue, mainly pine needles and some fruit, with underlying caramel malt giving it a full aromatic experience! Flavours start apricot sweet, then it is dominated by a lngering bitterness that hits the sides and back of the palate and hangs on. Creamy palate, well balanced, good carbonation, easy drinking. My favourite beer from Holgate.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Mattress63 (63) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 25, 2013
500ml bottle from Archive. Rather surprised at some of the previous ratings. This beer did it for me. Great colour and nice aroma leading to a good hoppy taste. Not too boozy for a 2IPA and thoroughly enjoyed with a feed of Thai food. I would have to say my favourite Holgate. Good beer.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
winkle (476) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - AUG 16, 2013
This was as fresh as possible. I’d tried last years offering and it wasn’t in good nick, this was though. Smooth hoppy nose over a sweet malt body. Poured a deep amber/red-brown body. Smallish head that hung around. Hoppy upfront but in a smooth combination over the crystal malt notes. Surprisingly sessional for the abv, alcohol in well hidden. A really good IPA if fresh.

4
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bgb1991 (112) - 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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
BarossaLuke (540) - AUSTRALIA - NOV 5, 2010
Quite dark in colour, more than I expected anyway. This was a pretty fresh bottle so it had plenty of piney, citrus hop aroma. I think the key to these beers is getting them as fresh as can be, ideally on tap. Good malt flavour there, but the hops are the star with some firm bitterness to back it all up.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
oh6gdx (20395) - Vasa, FINLAND - OCT 17, 2011
Bottled@Man In The Moon, Stockholm. Copper colour, small beige head. ARoma is fruits, sweet malts, mild raisins as well as some mild plum and hops. Flavour is rather hoppy with some sweet malts and raisins. Pleasantly balanced. A year or so after BBE, but it’s aged rather beautifully and especially in the flavour the hops are still alive.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
oneiamfor (4) - Newcastle, AUSTRALIA - JUN 16, 2012 does not count
Easy as double ipas go - an Australian icon - good green aroma great on tap - get into it ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

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?


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