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RATINGS: 360   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 Strike’s 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


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - APR 3, 2011
500ml bottle from Carrboro Bev Co. I found this to be a very average black IPA, one of those ones with a fairly thin body, too sweet hops, and dry molasses and rye flavors too prominent. With this style now ubiquitous, the standouts really emerge very clearly. And while this brew was okay, it’s not anything I’d go back to.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerme31 (551) - Holly Springs, North Carolina, USA - APR 1, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2012 On draft. Black with thin white head. Citrus and floral aroma with some chocolate. Taste is sweet with a mildly bitter hoppy finish. Low carbonation and thin body. Good balance and flavor. Re-rated via bottle 12-26-12.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sherm1016 (1243) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 25, 2011
Pours a dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is piney hops and roasted malt. Medium on the palate with average carbonation. Flavor is rye, roasted malt, maybe a little hops. Kinda tastes like burnt popcorn to me. Not my cup of tea. Probably won’t try this again.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Rynoplasty (700) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 21, 2011
Pours dark brown/near black with some reddish hues around the edges with a nice sized lightly tan head. Aroma is a blend of citrusy hops, roasty coffee malts and hints of cocoa. Flavor is a nice blend of roasted malt and hop bitterness that comes together well with hints of rich coffee and citrus. Nice.

4.3
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Butters (3960) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 20, 2011
Beautiful dark brown pour with deep mahogany highlights and wonderful sticky tan head. Aroma of coffee and sweet green hops. Flavor is amazing as well. Spicy due to the rye, but balanced with the hops that taste ’wet’. Medium body with a Spicy finish. This is a VERY good beer, and I don’t even care for rye!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ph0tik (92) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 12, 2011
Grabbed this in a 16oz bottle on the way back from skiing. The first black IPA I have ever tried. Pours a dark brown with a slightly citrus aroma. Had a nice caramel/sweet fruity finish. I was disappointed I didn’t get a growler!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
chandler0201 (649) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2011
Dark pour, white head, hint of citrus in the aroma. Flavor of berries, citrus, finish was very smooth, hint of alcohol burn in the aftertaste, nice beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
VitaminR (540) - Colorado, USA - FEB 25, 2011
Citrusy almost minty nose some hints of chocolate. Deep dark brown black color, amber hues, opaque, big thick frothy long lasting head. Rich malts, deep sweetness balanced by pronounced bitterness, big hop flavors and aromas come through. Mild roast, big chocolate notes, mild rye spicy flavor in the background. Medium carbonation, silky body, alcohol is warming, but not hot. Serious depth to this beer and I really enjoyed it, big rich dark malty flavors balanced by the hops, one of the better black IPAs in Colorado.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
joshrosborne (10) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Pours dark brown with not much of a tan head. It doesn’t have much of an aroma. The taste is good, with the spicy rye followed by hops (95ibu) and finishing with caramel. The mouthfeel is what I like with this one: the carbonation is pretty big here and coupled with the spiciness of the rye, this is really a kick in the teeth. I don’t think I could drink much more than one bottle. A really different black IPA. Hard to compare with others of the same style without the rye.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TURDFERGUSON (4018) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - FEB 12, 2011
Pours medium dark brown with a creamy espresso like head. Nose is a strange concentrated hop fragrance that smell very fake. Light chocolate malt, coffee, more hops in flavor but the bitterness overwhelms everything. Medium bodied. Drinkable.


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