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Naparbier HopDoom

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Brewed by Naparbier
Style: Imperial IPA
Noain, Spain
Serve in Shaker, Snifter

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RATINGS: 144   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.72/5   IBU: 300   EST. CALORIES: 345   ABV: 11.5%
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3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Douberd (4751) - Arnhem, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2016
(Naparbier HopDoom) Bottle 330 ml at home, served into a shaker, ABV 11.5% I see now that I opened the bottle, while having a light hangover from last night.. Deep orange colour on the body, light haze on it and a lazy activity in the glass. Foam is thick, one finger tall, with average retention. Lots of citrusy hops, giving dank aromas of citrus, heavy ripe orange, old grass, light pine. Nice taste, more sweet than I expected though, juicy hops here, light citrus, oranges, light tangerine, notable alcohol, grass, a bit of pine and resin on the finish. Medium thick body, chewy, soft carbonation. Pretty good.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
Alengrin (4420) - BELGIUM - JUL 31, 2016
Very strong imperial IPA by what is at least Spain’s best known ’new school’ craft brewery, with a milky, medium thick, egg-white, bubbly head breaking quickly in the middle but retaining well around the edge, sitting on top of a lightly hazy, deep ’old gold’ coloured beer with somewhat greenish hue, becoming misty and a bit deeper orange coloured with the sediment added. Strong, sweet, exotic aroma with a slightly ’skunky’ twist of old hops, impressions of ripe mango, tangerine, lychee, moldy mandarin peel, honey liqueur, sweet dessert wine, Grand Marnier, melting butter, canned pineapple slices, stale sweat, orange candy, faint stinky hint of sewer water somewhere but luckily very subtly so. Candied sweet onset, quite intense, lots of marmelade, white raisin and candied mango, in other words: ’clean’ fruitiness coated by residual white candi sugar sweetness. Soft carbonation, oily and rather vinous mouthfeel, gliding heavily over the tongue’s surface in a thick caramelly malt sweetness and leaving behind traces of the candied fruit sweetness on the one hand and early announcements of both hops and alcohol on the other hand. The latter two come to full fruition in the finish, where spicy, resinous, grapefruity hops effectuate a long-lasting bitterness (albeit not ’deep’ enough to stop the sweetness from flowing through unabatedly) and white rum- and liqueur-like alcohol heat warms the back of the mouth and throat, fortunately without becoming too astringent. Still, this type of beers is a bit over the top for me: I love a good double IPA and I can appreciate the increased intensity of both sweetness and hop bitterness, but these ’imperial’ IPAs of 11+% ABV are often a bit too alcoholic in taste, to my palate at least. That goes for this one as well: it feels very liqueurish, in much the same way as e.g. Evil Twin’s Molotov Cocktail and others, and I prefer a more ’beery’ character in an IPA. Still, this is a fascinating and intense beer to marvel at, and in spite of the alcoholic sensations left behind in the mouth and throat - and even a bit on the lips - it certainly has an interesting complexity of flavors to it, delivering what it pretends to be, so I will still grant it a high score because of that alone.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MelvinKalksma (860) - UTRECHT, NETHERLANDS - JUL 20, 2016

Aroma:
Medium aroma of malts, caramel, orange, tropical fruit, hops and citrus.

Appearance:
Turbid/opaque golden/amber beer with a slight/medium off-white head.

Taste/Palate:
Starts medium/heavy sweet with malts, caramel, orange and tropical fruit; ends medium bitter and dry with hops and citrus.

Overall:
This beer is intense, complex and balanced. The intense sweetness gets perfectly balanced by amazing bitterness the loads of hops provide.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DwarfeD (2611) - Amersfoort, NETHERLANDS - JUL 18, 2016
33cl bottle at home. Hazy orange with a small white head. Full body with low to moderate carbonation. Quite sweet with nice bitterness. Tropical fruits, peach, pine, spices and caramel. Very good.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
michael_bb (59) - Barcelona, SPAIN - JUL 13, 2016
Muy aromática, con toques frutales a piña, ciruela y mango, aunque la levadura también se nota con un deje a cuero y castaña. Color miel oscuro con espuma blanca y cremosa pero escasa, aunque persistente. Muy dulce al paladar, con cierto amargar final que podría ser más contundente. Espesa y con poco gas, ideal para saborear trago a trago y despacio. Mi favorita de Naparbier y una de las mejores IIPA que he probado.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erickok (5268) - Leuven, BELGIUM - JUL 13, 2016
The label and name certainly prepare you for something extreme. So is it? Well, it delivers in punch I’d say, with string pale malts, alcohol, sharp and intense hops. Would have liked some more foam. (33cl bottle from Etre Gourmet)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
LeWorm (61) - FRANCE - JUN 29, 2016
On tap @ Brewberry Paris. Robe orange foncée. Nez agrumes et fruits tropicaux. Miel, sucre en bouche. Palais long et légèrement amer. Alcool présent mais pas écoeurant. Belle réussite.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
angelkostvo (1140) - CZECH REPUBLIC - JUN 27, 2016
Orange colour, white head. Aroma of grapefruit, citrus, peach. Taste is light to medium sweet, light bitter. Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation. Pretty juicy.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
ZodiacM (795) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 23, 2016
Uit de fles geschonken. Mooi oranjegeel bier. Zoetig aroma van hop en tropisch fruit. Smaken van hop, perzik en abrikoos. Mooi zoet met een heel licht bittertje. Een stevige jongen van 11,5% maar dat merk je niet aan het bier, verraderlijk dus. Een hele lekkere imp ipa.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ALIBALI (513) - Kiel, GERMANY - JUN 22, 2016
Der Harzgeruch und auch Geschmack ist extrem dominant. Der Trunk einen honigelixierartiges Erlebnis der besonderen Art. Gewichtig, amerikanisch & massiv würzig. Der Nachhall keine 300 IBUs schwer, aber trotzdem kräftig hopfenscharf. Wundervoll. 0,33/3,70 Euro. Bottle aus dem GROWLER in Barcelona.


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