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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.62   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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The second you open this bottle there is no mistaking that this is not your average IPA. Massive hop additions of the most obnoxious breeds put this taste bud burner in a league all itís own. Our bet is that you will think it is Oíso Freakishly good! Caution! This brew is 9% and may contain a hop cone in every bottle (2009 to present vintages) ! We want to make sure to repeat this reminder that we put a hop cone in the bottle. Always pour into a glass to release the essence from the bottle.

2008 Edition: 22-oz bottle
2009 Edition: 12-oz bottles w/hop cone in bottle
2010 - 2013 Editions: 12-oz bottles w/Hop Warning label


HopAutonomous' rating

4.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
HopAutonomous (12) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2012
Nice big imperial IPA. Sweeter than expected at first with some spicey and herb-like tones.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Hair6a11 (1313) - Illinois, USA - MAY 1, 2014
Bottle w/ Hop Cone - Well - I thought it was a fun concept to try. Once. Some people probably find it to be a gimmick - but either way : The pour is murky golden caramel with a modest off white head into this glass. It pours on the slow side because the hop cone tries to block the pour - Perhaps this isnít a brilliant idea afterall. Retention is average, with light spotting present. For fun - I pulled the hop cone out as well and let it rest on top of this foamy sea. The nose is somewhat striking - itís oily, dank, mild tropical, with pine needle presence and light caramel. The flavor profile shares that feeling - it is somewhat striking - at least somewhat different, which I attribute to the hop cone. However ; for an IIPA - itís just lacking in some avenues. Bittering pine needle, light citrus, caramel and biscuit presence - itís dank for sure. And it does mellow here as well. Unfortunately, i find that the malt backbone is lacking, somewhat, which leads to the finish fading into some sort of obscure feeling, overall. Ah well.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
emacgee (3957) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - APR 15, 2014
Soft cloudy golden pour with 1 finer creamy firm head. Rich aroma, lots of malt sweetness and bready notes. Dextrinous. Sweet citrus and zest with some alcohol. A touch oxidized. Muddled/faded flavor with a thick bitterness and herbal hop profile. Very full body.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
jebert (492) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - APR 15, 2014
Pours a cloudy copper color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is of hops. Very creamy on the palate. Taste is a malt backbone with some caramel notes and a strong hop flavor that complements the malt. Not overly bitter but definitely has a strong hop presence. A very good IPA.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerInHeaven (134) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - APR 4, 2014
pours a hazy golden amber brown. Medium foamy white head. Great thick lacing. Aroma is very floral and slight citrus (not nearly as citrusy as many IPAs). tastes great. very hoppy, medium bitter, resiny, long but not overly bitter finish. A little bit of non-specific candy in there somewhere. Once I fished the hop cone out, I sniffed it and it smells the same, duh :-) Good beer!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Bacterial (1374) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2014
Hazy amber pour with not much head. Pour was slow because the hop cone got stuck in the mouth of the bottle. Who had the job of stabbing a single hop cone into each bottle? Yikes. Nice dank nose. Vegetal, hoppy and grassy taste with a slightly astringent and bitter finish. Maybe this is good within a few days, but the hop cone in my bottle is pale and lifeless, all the green goodness drained like a hop vampire had gone to town on it.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ElGaucho (2189) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2014
Bottle. Aroma is not of hop but of butterscotch/caramel. Hazy amber body with a thin off white head. Richly hoppy flavor with butterscotch notes. I like the creativity from the folks at Oso to put a hop cone in the bottle. Wonder why other brewers donít do this? The buttlerscotch doesnít detract from the flavor per se, and I am actually a huge fan of just about anything caramel. However, Iím not sure this was intended. It certainly isnít called out in their commerical description for the beer. Probably the best Oso beer Iíve had.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
kwoeltje (2232) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 13, 2014
(StLCoB tasting) amber. Rich hops aroma. Flavor is resiny hops, OK malt backbone

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
mmill527 (72) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Liquor and hop aroma is nice, but strong caramel taste takes away from the hops and the 9% alc seems to really stand out; much more than it should. Drinkable, but Iíll probably not purchase again with so many better DIPAs out there.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2014
12/26/13. On tap at Against the Grain. Orange pour with a small khaki head. Plain aroma, not overtly hoppy, earthy, floral, orange peel, some malty aspects, especially caramel. Malty flavor again, earthy and floral hops, some citrus, too much caramel. Another average Oso brew.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MmmcKay (1051) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2013
Copper pour with decent foam. Smells of sticky sweet hops. Tastes great. Nice sweet malt and hop bitterness balance. Notes of pineapple, loads of hops, caramel. Very good to great.


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