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RATINGS: 329   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.51   IBU: 78   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
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Hop Strike! is a dry-hopped Black Rye-IPA built from the ground up at Tommyknocker Brewery. This beer is characterized by an intermingling of spicy citrus hops and chocolate malt creating an interesting complexity and great first impression on the nose. Hop Strikeís substantial 95 IBUs are balanced by the chocolate rye resulting in a nice depth of malt character and deep color.
Appearance: Deep Brown/Black, light tan head
Malts: Idaho Pale Malt, European Crystal, Chocolate malt and Chocolate rye
Hops: Chinook, Newport, Glacier, Nugget and Summit
Dry-hopped with 40 pounds of hops, 16 deg. Plato, 78 IBUs, 45 SRM, 7% ABV

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Nephilium (1259) - Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2010
This beer starts off with a big smack of hops to the face. Great hoppy aroma on this one. Pours a dark black, with ruby highlights when held up to the light, and a cap of light tan head. The roasted flavors and rye come through a bit more in the taste, with not much in the hop department, but probably the longest rye finish Iíve tasted. A bit pricey at $5 a 16 oz. bottle, but well worth trying.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - DEC 9, 2010
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with small beige head and minimal carbonation. The aroma is woody hops, an earthy tone, and a fairly strong harsh graininess. The flavor is wood and husky grain with a lot of detached hop bitterness and a noticeable rye element. The finish is a bit astringent and has a lot of wood and hay. This seems like mediocre homebrew, but is drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
deyholla (5959) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Bottle shared with others. Pours a hazy muddy brown with a light chocolate brown head that dissipated slowly to the edges. Aroma has a light chocolate note as well as earthy malts and grass hops. Flavor began with earthy grass/pine hop that was joined by hay and dark grains with a bit of backing rye and chocolate.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Camons (5044) - Hasselager, DENMARK - DEC 5, 2010
Bottle @ Hotelroom, Denver, Co. Pours black with a cramy light brown head, looks tasty. Nose is citruss and floral hops, backed up with dark chocolate and light caramel notes. Taste is citruss, little grapefruit, herbal hops, but less dominatn that one would think from the aroma. Hops are balanceded with deep roasted and chocolatelike malts. Medium nody, smooth creamy mouthfeel, long balanced finish, high drinkability. Overall a very nice Black IPA.051210

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bluejacket74 (1204) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2010
16 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours dark brown with about an inch and a half frothy tan head. Head retention and lacing are both pretty good. Aroma is citrusy (grapefruit) and pine hops, rye, chocolate, and some roasted malt. The taste is pretty much like the aroma, with the rye being a bit weak in the flavor at first, but becoming much stronger as the beer warms. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a little bit slick and creamy with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, itís smooth and itís an enjoyable brew. I think this is a solid overall beer, Iíd buy this again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
elgiacomo (745) - Ringgold/Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
16oz bottle, fresh batch. Pours thin dark brown with a two finger foamy tan head that recedes very slowly, leaving a lot of clumpy and spotty lacing and holds an excellent cap. Aroma features some rye, bread, chocolate, light coffee, some caramel and toffee, and a bit of citrus hops, aroma starts out weak but let it warm and the chocolate and citrus really start to come to life nicely. Flavor is quite nice with a blast of citrus hops mingling with chocolate malt, good rye spice, bready, some caramel and toffee, moderate sweetness and good bitterness. Creamy mouthfeel despite the thin-looking appearance upon pouring, medium bodied, medium carbonation. Very nice Black IPA and I really dig the extra kick the rye gives. Progresses well from cold to warm...a lot of hops and bitterness cold and the chocolate malt coming to the forefront as it warms up. Nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2010
Draft at Taco Mac. Pours dark brown with thin light tan head. Aroma is spicy with hops - a fantastic hop complexity over rich malt. The flavor follows the aroma with a firm hop character that layers nicely over chocolate malt character. Finish is bitter and hoppy with rich but not overly sweet toasty chocolatey malt characters. A very nice beer overall - hoppy, rich, and tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mixmasterob (879) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2010
16oz bottle from Greenís. Poured a dark brown almost black with a tight beige head. Aroma was of fresh grassy hops, light citrus, roasty malts and some earthy rye. Flavors were somewhat off, heavy on the rye with a light hop flavor in the finish. Thin mouthfeel, lively carbonation. I think they used too much rye, just not a fan of this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JaBier (4528) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear reddish brown pour with a medium tan head. Aroma is amarillo hop and rye. Rye malt flavor with a spicy and grassy hop finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DalzAle (1904) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2010
Bottle shared by portableparty. Clear, very dark brown pour, a little carbonation and a dry hoppy/roasty nose. Flavor is a decenlt amount of malt, slightly smokey roasted malts, herbal and bitter on the aftertaste. Not bad.

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