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Copperhead Striker IPA by Tony

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Copperhead Striker IPA

Copperhead Brewery

Houston, TX (if in Houston, identify neighborhood or area in parenthesis, Aldine, EADO, Heights, etc.)

Conroe, TX

IPA

ABV: 7%

IBUs: 72

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Copperhead Striker IPA is the first beer I had from them. I remember seeing it on the shelf late this summer and being really excited to see a new, smaller brewery on the shelf! I swear I wrote about it, but I lost the write up somehow? I’ve bought it a few times since then because it’s daaaaaang good, but as I checked through my beer journal to post it, it was gone.

So I drank it again for the sake of a write up. Poor me. It made our Top 5 IPAs in Houston (phase 1) – check it out!

Copperhead Striker IPA has a fruity, citrusy nose, and those flavors follow through to the flavor. The first sip hits the palette with a harsh, striking, dank-hop-pine flavor, but as it rests and warms up, that harsh dankness subsides. There’s a solid malty backbone to stand up to all the piney, fruity notes, and it ends with a balanced hop bitterness.

Copperhead Striker IPA reminds me a bit of Lone Pint Yellow Rose or Saint Arnold Art Car, but it’s a bit more dank than both of them. It might taste like a more powerful Running Walker IPA too – write up to come.

I’m giving Copperhead Striker IPA a 4.5 star rating because it’s freaking delicious, and it’s almost perfect. I really prefer my IPAs fruity and citrusy, so maybe that’s why I like it so much.

Striker IPA pours a slightly hazy, dark gold with a pretty creamy head. That creamy head sticks around for a little while and stains the side of the pint glass like venom all the way down. The body is perfect and the carbonation is too.

I love Striker IPA!

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(A stack of beers from our Top-5 IPAs. Striker’s on the top behind Hopston and Hopadillo.)

Copperhead Striker IPA has a black label with a big, grungy, comic-book-illustrated green snake and bright green typography. The type looks hand-drawn with a scratchy texture.

I haven’t seen Copperhead Striker IPA as much as I’ve seen some of the other Houston beers, but I found mine at HEB. You can find it at a few watering holes around town too.

This beer is pretty rad, and it’s my fav from them so far. You had Copperhead Striker IPA yet? What’d you think – did it hurt so good or did it bite back and leave you running for a medic? Let us know in the comments below. Beers to you, Houston.

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Anthony Gorrity
tony.d@beerchronicle.com

Anthony's a Houston native, a graphic designer, and a UH Coog that loves good beer almost as much as he does his city. He's an ex-oilfield guy that spends his days doing graphic design and marketing projects for one of Houston's fastest growing companies as well as some of the coolest breweries in town. Fueled by sessionable IPAs and gangster rap, he's ticked his way through H-Town, rocking the most unusual Nikes he can find. When he's not writing for us, he's with his family or rooting for the Rockets.

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