Review By Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier                                                                                                The Vehopciraptor is hazy orange in color with a one finger white head. Extreme aromas that stalk the nostrils just like a raptor. Aromas of red grapefruit immediately lift from the goblet, followed by strong floral characteristics and a hint of caramel.

After stalking your nostrils, the Vehopciraptor brutally attacks your palate with extreme hoppy-ness. If you are in the “put as much hops into my beer as possible” camp…then you have a winner right here. Extremely bitter beer with just a touch of sweet red grapefruit.

The finish is bone dry with white pepper on the back side. The Vehopciraptor is a full bodied brew that is not to be taken lightly. This beer is not for everyone, but for those of you who dare to get into the cage with the Vehopciraptor, you will not soon forget its power and violence. Cheers !

Tansey’s Blind Rating – 85 points

Beer Advocate – 89 points 


The Break Down


Beer Selection – Vehopciraptor

Style – Imperial India Pale Ale 

Producer – Unknown Brewing Company  

Region – Charlotte Nc 

Hops – 7 hop varieties 9 additions 

Malts – Unknown  

Alcohol – 9.9%

IBU – 90 

Food Pairing – Thai food, black and blue burger, buffalo wings

From the Brewery

 The Vehopciraptor was a terrifying beast that roamed free millions of years ago, wreaking havoc on local natives and their taste buds. It would use it’s large claws and aromatic bite to strike swiftly. We’ve attempted to capture the spirit of this beast. With 7 hop varieties and 9 additions, this double IPA packs a serious bite.


History of IPA

IPA simply stands for India Pale Ale, and falls under the category of pale ales. The IPA style is considered by many to be rather bitter, and is certainly an acquired taste. The beer itself does not actually come from India but earned its name as a beer exported to India some 175 years ago, along with some porters and other ales.

The term IPA was actually first used in an advertisement for an Australian newspaper in 1829 referring to pale ales that were being exported to India from Middlesex England by the East India Trading Company. Some say that IPAs got their name because the hops acted like a preservative in the beer so that it could survive the long voyage to India.

This is only slightly true. Porters were transported to India without any problem and were transported in bulk. One brewery decided the market for porter was too saturated and so a young man, Mark Hodgson, decided to bring something new and different to the boys in India.

He wanted to send something lighter than the dark, bitter porter, and so he created a more refreshing and crisp style of pale ale that would not only survive the voyage, but get better along the way. He added dry hops to the finished pale ale beer in barrels, to preserve it and stabilize it during the long journey across rough and choppy seas. This lead to pale ales that were higher in acidity with more refreshing, citrusy qualities that are now referred to as IPAs.

What do IPAs taste like?

Hops can come from many different regions and countries, creating a very broad range of taste profiles in the beer, much like grapes do in wine. IPAs are considered to be bitter and slightly astringent with tangerine, grapefruit, and other citrus notes along with floral, honey, and caramel-like characteristics.

American IPA – Bigger in every aspect than its English counterpart, American IPA is typically made with American hops and is considerably more bitter, acidic and floral in nature. Higher in IBUs (International Bittering Units). Characteristics include: citrus, fruit, flowers, caramel, honey, and pine.

English IPA –  More rounded or as I like to call it, “moderate”, in nature with fruitier, less astringent qualities. English IPA tends to be earthier, with more yeast, less acidity and medium level IBUs (International Bittering Units). Characteristics include: bread, biscuit, toffee, citrus, and forest floor-like characteristics.

Belgian IPA – Funky, sour fruit aromas that often leave the nose and mind reaching for more typical characteristics. On the palate the beers usually deliver caramel-like malts with heavy yeast, high bitterness levels, and higher alcohol content. Sweet and floral with a bit of yeasty and malty umph behind them. Eric Tansey, CSW, Sommelier

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