patrick767 (3238) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 2, 2010
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle - Pours murker amber-brown and smells of hops, pine, booze, and fruit in a rather odd mix. The flavor has heavy hops with a little pine and a lot of malt sweetness. The malt profile is particularly odd. Iím not sure whatís going on with it, but itís off and thereís something stale about the whole thing (itís a new bottle). The body is thin for the style and the lingering bitterness isnít particularly pleasant. The side of the bottle says that "the brew staff pooled opinions and ideas. When a consensus could not be made, they decided to throw it all in the pot". I assumed that they were kidding, but this beer is such a mess Iím not so sure now. At least itís hoppy. I can appreciate that.
aRBy (9) - Michigan, USA - JUL 27, 2010 does not count
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is one of Schmohzí "high test" ales; 10% ABV. Itís a favorite for growler fills to take home.
The only shortcoming I notice is that Hopcknocker is a bit sweet on the pallet. Itís not objectionable by any means. I certainly like it, but some people might not. I have yet to meet one so I guess that 10% alcohol content thingy must have magical persuasive powers.
Oh! One more thing. The caricature of íMs. Hopknocker" is based on one of Schmohzí brewtap tenders. Oh yes! We all know who it is and if you come to Schmohz at the right time of the week, youíll have no trouble recognizing her.
thereaper (5) - Grand Rapids, USA - JUL 27, 2010 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I reach for a Hopknocker when the need for a very flavorful beer arises. Great on the tongue, good bouquet, nice appearance. Hopknocker is an IPA done right.
Bunkie (4) - Alabama, USA - JUN 29, 2010 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pint from the tap. Aroma had a citrus tone. The color was as expected which appeared on the darker side. Obvious hop taste however no overbearing alcohol after taste. Citrus flavor on the palate and quite smooth going down. This one will sneak up on you if you are not careful. I would rather take a six home than sit and drink more than two.
jpatrix (14) - Michigan, USA - JUN 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A dark translucent amber color. Darker than expected but appealing. Smell was typical of IIPAís I have had before but this had more of a hop aroma. A deep carmel taste with hints of citrus but not overpowered by the hops. The 9.5% abv is not glaring. A more robust feel that was quite delightful. Worth a try.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Tiffanyís in Kalamazoo. Pours very un-filtered (to the point of chunky) deep reddish/brown with 1-finger foamy beige head. Actually looks like a brownish raspberry jam with the floaters...not sure if thatís a good thing....actually, not sure if using the word ífloatersí in my beer rating is a good thing. Nose is pretty weak...some faint fruity malt and rich dry hops. Flavor is full and WARM, hits the tongue and moth all over instantly with a biting punch of carbonation and alcohol. Hops are mellowed (from the one I got anyway) and malty/breadiness is taking over, but the abv is ever apparent and almost seems to screw things up a big. Very BIG feel from this one, definitely take it slow. Overall not as bad as I was expecting, but flavor wise much room for improvement.
coyotehunter (667) - , Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a dense head and lots of garbage floating on top. Flavor is very weak for an IIPA... a bit of caramel and apple, wine or brandy. Flavor has much of the same stuff going on... lots of boozey medicinal alcohol, odd fruits and very little hops presence. yuck...
thehoff (569) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark reddish brown beer with quarter inch tan head. Smells of molasses and raisin. Odd and almost sickly sweet. Floral finish, Smooth but not at all what I was expecting. I thought it would be more hops forward. It seems a bit more malty for me. Kind of one dimensional. Definitely has alcohol though.
MrBunn (2321) - Western, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark tarnished penny color with a dense head and lots of junk swimming around on the carbonation. Flavor is very weak for an IIPA... a bit of caramel and apple, wine or wine grapes and a little brandy. Flavor has much of the same stuff going on... lots of booze (almost like rubbing alcohol at times), odd fruits and very little hops presence. Hmm...
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pretty dark brown as 2IPAs go. Aroma of caramel and hops. Flavor is pretty malty, this flirts with being a barleywine, a pretty thin barleywine. Not bad, all in all, not something Iíd seek out again, though.