Monday, February 4, 2013

Boneyard Hop Venom DIPA

Type: Double IPA
Origin: Bend, OR
Price: $8.00/32oz
ABV: 10.0%
NSP: 11.83
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Is it a bad thing, sitting outside a beer shop on a Tuesday morning waiting for the place to open?  If so, don't judge me.  It's what I found myself doing on a trip to visit some family in Olympia, WA.  A stop at Gravity Beer Market for some local fare seemed warranted, that's all.  They had this on draft for growler/jar fill- hence no bottle in the picture.  Hell yes, I drank it out of the jar.  The lady who ran the joint, Roma (who really knows her IPA, by the way), gave out samples, and after a couple of sips I knew I wasn't leaving without it.  

This shit smells delicious.  Heavily citrusy with a honey back, with a nice green weediness (couldn't think of another way to put it).  You know what it smells like?  Lagunitas Sucks (and that ain't no small thing), but slightly less rich.

I'll just put it right out there- this is easily comparable to Pure Hoppiness.  It's immaculately well-balanced, with just enough malt to hold up to the hops.  A lot of DIPA-makers love to plaster 100+ IBU all over their labels as if excessive, tastebud-dissolving bitterness is a badge of honor.  This one comes in at a tidy 80 IBU, but don't take that to mean that this is lightly hopped.  It's just light enough on the malt that it doesn't need an overabundance of hops to counter it.  It's got the ideal formula of hop-driven citrus without bitterness overload.  And I'm highly impressed that they manage to ramp it up to 10% without it becoming even remotely cloying (it tastes like it's about 6%)- it means they've figured out just how much sugar to put in so the optimal amount is consumed during fermentation, leaving the result dry and delightful while also stealthily boozy as all git-out.  The only miniscule flaw is that the carb is the slightest bit on the low side- but that's really just a grain of sand on Mt. Everest.

Highest marks on this one- as Andy said with Noble IPA, this one's kind of a game changer, because it means someone in the Pacific Northwest is making proper, perfectly-executed west coast-style double IPA.  I'll definitely be keeping my eyes open for more of Boneyard's stuff next time I'm up that way.  And thanks to Gravity for having this so I could drink the fuck out of a whole quart of it.

3 comments:

  1. A 32oz glass of delicious 10% IPA. Brilliantly dangerous. Seems to me we're slowly but surely working our way to 40s of craft beer--the ultimate stage of hipster transformation.

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  2. I'm all about drinking beer in quarts. None of this 50 cL or imperial pint or 22 oz BS. I want to walk into a bar and order a quart of quadrupel if I want one.

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  3. I live in Bend, where Boneyard Beer resides. I'll tell you this...if you see ANYthing made by them...grab it! I've never had a bad beer from them. Ever. And they are MASTERS at IPA's.

    J. Clough,
    www.bendbrewpubs.com

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