Friday, April 13

Beer Review: Caldera Brewing Hop Hash Ale

Different label

This beer gets its name from the Hopunion Hop Hash nuggets - pure hop lupulin extracted and scraped from the Hopunion pelletizing line, then boiled for 90 minutes in the kettle. According to the brewer, this has never been done before! Premium 2-row, Great Western Munich, Crisp 60L and rolled oats comprise the grain bill designed to carry this load. Fermented warm using American Ale yeast to bring out the fruitiness, the resulting beer is designed to be a surprise on all fronts. Even the brewer has no idea how hoppy it'll be.

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Perhaps hop kief? Let's get it on.....

Appearance: (4.0)
- Pours a rather dark malty clear amber with a fluffy inch of foamy mad head. Settles to a foamy thick blanket with bubbly lace sticking around. The brown in the color is quite rich and inviting.

Smell: (3.5)
- This brew actually has quite the malty and yeast aroma. Sweet caramel, toffee, and some esters. Quite the fruity touch, some grape, passion fruit, and perhaps mango. It does however contain a slight off-putting buttery aroma (which unfortunately I have experienced a lot from this brewer).

Taste: (4.0)
- A pleasant caramel and bread malt up front. The bitterness and grassy/earthy hops show up a little late. Some fruity hops, grassy, herbal, and a nice bitter flare. The beer tastes great, and doesn't have any buttery flavors. Resinous pine, grass, and earthy is what I get from the hops.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)
- This is a pretty heavy bodied brew..  but not quite like a strong stout or porter. It's creamy, well carbonated, and chewy. It's a touch dry, and cloying as well. The creamy malt body, and bitter hop finish really compliment the feel well.

Overall: (3.5)
- I like what they have done here. This is one of the better brews I have had from this brewer. For me they have slowly gotten better over time, but almost lost me as a common buyer. I do see their canned brews in quite a few outlets around town. Beers like this one spark my interest once again in the brewer. It's a worthy drinker, and is quite drinkable and balanced. 



3.8/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
(BeerAdvocate.com Rating Scale)


1 comment:

  1. Glad to hear it was tasty. I picked up a bottle as part of the beer I took to MN and gave away. Might just have to pick up a bottle for myself.

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