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RATINGS: 345   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


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
OldGrowth (2751) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - JAN 24, 2011
on tap @ Tyler’s Apex. Ok aroma, more roasty smokey than hoppy. Clean blackish brown color, good head that faded to a ring, ok lace. Bitter flavor. Medium body, smooth creamy mouthfeel, bitter finish. Meh, Rye gave it a smoky streak that didn’t work for me, little too strong, not enough of what makes an ipa came through.....

4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jcwattsrugger (11215) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 23, 2011
16oz bottle-pours a retaining rich tan head with trailing lace and black color that has some cascading. Aroma is rich dark malt/oat/grain-cocoa/bready overtaken by resin hops. Taste is sweet medium/dark malt/grainy/rye-roasty, balanced with pine/resin/grapefruit hops with some bite. Medium body. OK effervescence. I’mtorn on the aroma, so in memory (or in honor) of dak…10.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
bonk0076 (99) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Pours a black color (although somewhat translucent) with a thick brown head. Aroma is floral dominated with slight caramel notes. Taste is hop forward, but balanced with a somewhat malty finish. Overall, a well balanced, decent IPA

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Ughsmash (7181) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 12, 2011
Bomber. Poured a nice shade of deeper amber with a well-retained khaki head. The aroma was bright and fresh with cocoa malts spiced up by spruce and earthy notes.. lively and well-balanced. The flavor opened with spruce, backed up by dark chocolate and some molasses.. the hops were the most interesting component, but everything was well integrated.. long, spicy, tasty finish. Medium-bodied and a touch scratchy on the palate.. bitterness in the right levels in the right places.. great stuff!

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fuguestout1 (10) - Colorado, USA - JAN 11, 2011
Aroma is hops, well-balanced rye, and just a hint of chocolate. Pours dark with a nice mahogany tone with a nice bubbly tan head. Flavor is hops, rye, a bit of caramel and chocolate malt. A little bitter on the finish but still a decent and unique IPA.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Cybercat (3497) - Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2011
Aroma is quite hoppy with a nice, tempting rye overtone and just a teeny hint of molasses. It pours a dark, nearly opaque mahogany brown with a fair fine-bubbled pale tan head. Flavor has tones of hops and rye, some bitterness but not too much, and hints of malt and caramel. Texture is rough and tingly, hardly smooth, quite pleasing. If you like unusual IPAs, this one is right up your alley.

1.5
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 5/20
Ernest (6343) - 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
adnielsen (9460) - 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 (1244) - 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.


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