Sunday, March 2, 2014

Caldera Brewing Company Hop Hash IPA

Hello beer lovers and welcome to another edition of the NorCal Beer Blog's brew review.

Tonight’s featured beer is Caldera Brewing Company Hop Hash IPA.

From the Caldera Brewing Company website: “Caldera's Hop Hash Ale is a partnership with Hopunion, LLC. Hop Hash is like a breakfast hash, but mashing different hop varieties instead of meat, potatoes and spices--a twist on the American-Style Strong Pale Ale using pure lupulin for bitterness, taste and aroma. This ale gets its name from pure hop lupulin extracted and scraped from the Hopunion pelletizing line. Lupulin is the glandular powder separated from the strobiles of the Humulus Lupulus (hops) plant.”
Let’s get started!
Appearance: Pours a murky amber color with a large off-white head and lots of lacing.
Aroma: Citrus, floral, pine and herbal hop scents mixed with mild caramel and pale malts.
Taste: Malt forward, caramel and pale malts, citrus, pine, floral and herbal hops with a slight funky/fruity flavor in the background.
Overall: Malt focused, Caldera Brewing Company Hop Hash IPA is delicious.  I don’t knock this 6.5% ABV offering for being malt forward at all.  I rather enjoy malt forward beers.  If you’re looking for a hop bomb you may want to pass, but you should give it a try as this is a solid beer worth trying.


Mark Harvey

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