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RATINGS: 339   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


1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ernest (6149) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2010
Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting. Body is dark brown. Aroma is moderately malty (chocolate, roasted grain), moderately to heavily hoppy (resin), with notes of car tires, canned black olives, plastic, acetone. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, very unclean. Light body, watery texture, lively carbonation, moderately astringent. Scary bad. Things start off unpleasantly with a host of chemical odors that result in a wince at every single whiff. In the mouth, things get even worse, if that is possible...exceptionally thin and watery, with an extremely dirty aftertaste that literally provokes a gag reflex. I wish I was exaggerating, I really do. Looks nice, but otherwise absolutely wretched.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TwoSipDip (8948) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2010
Tap at the brewery. Dark red/brown appearance. Slightly hoppy aroma that is more dominated by the chocolate malts. Initially a chocolate malty flavor followed by the characteristic rye taste and finally the bitterness of the hops on the finish.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
AlephNull3 (114) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2010
Capones-Norristown bottle store. Delicious beer, the ranking it received from the editor is too low in my opinion. Pours a chocolate like brown, with a lacing tan head. Aroma is out of this world. With a unique blend of citrus sweetness and bitter coffee. Taste is outstanding, it has a blend of flavors that is hard to describe, one sip you taste the citrus like bite, second sip you might taste the hint of a smoke like finish, the third could suprise you with the coffee bitterness you get from a good stout. I love this beer. Highly recommended.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
wchesser (1114) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2010
On tap at brewery. Thick frothy head dark porter like color. Nice resiny nose and malt. Terrific balance between roasted malts, rye, and hops. Finishes clean and slightly sweet. One of their best beers.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DialSquare (2526) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2010
Bottle from andersons in toledo. Deep brown pour with a finger or so tan head. Aroma is toasty caramel, herbal hops. Tastes of toast, brown sugar and pine hops. Malt comes through in slightly dry finish. Medium to light palate. Pretty good - not blown away by all these new black ipaís so far.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JStax (2853) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2010
Poured into a glass from a 16.9 ounce bottle. Appearance is a dark brown with a thick tan head that lingers a long while. Aroma is black coffee and hops. Some malt comes through, but not much. Taste is pretty much the same as the aroma with coffee as the dominant taste and hops playing a secondary role. Heavy on the palate, but that comes with the rye IPA profile.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Trev (1885) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 17, 2010
brown pour with ruby highlights and a nice thick creamy tan head. aroma is chocolate maltiness, herbal/citrusy hop in there as well. Flavour has a grainy sourness to it, definitely get the rye, along side light chocolatey/coffee roasted malt, and a citrusy hop presence.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
unclemattie (4128) - Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2010
Tall and skinny 16oz bottle. Dark brown pour, tan foamy head. Aroma is of loads of earthy cocoa powder and wooded hops and a touch of citrus. Sharp hop extract flavor, lots of resin and saffron spice. Finishes with a bit of pepper, burnt rye, and more of that wooded hop bitterness. Tastes like my 1st homebrew. I over hopped it and burnt the malt syrup. It didnít pass on my standards, although everyone else told me it was passable. So far the best tasting Tommyknocker Iíve suffered through. Yet another Tommyknocker failure to my palate.

2.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Suttree (5041) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 13, 2010
This beer made me sad. I like rye, I like IPAs in general. But this one had a weird, medicinal or I donít know tonic water? Maybe? flavor that ran throughout and really distracted from enjoying the beer. Some coffee and pine in there, but I can only conclude that this beer doesnít like me.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Tmoney99 (10445) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Bottle. Poured a clear dark brown color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with good lacing. Moderate earthy hop and toasted malt aroma. Medium body with a slick texture and soft carbonation. Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration. My expectations where met.


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