Saturday, June 19, 2010

354. Hoppin’ Frog Hoppin’ to Heaven IPA

This is our second beer from Hoppin’ Frog; our last one was Barrel Aged BORIS. As part of our reparations for drinking too much West Coast beer, we’ve stepped up our efforts to drink locally and think globally.

In the background is sweet sweet World Cup action...

Pouring a hazy burnt copper with a mousse-y white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing, Hoppin’ to Heaven IPA has a spicy hop nose backed with grassy and vegetal aromas; there are small amounts of maltiness as well, but the hops are far more prominent. Flavors start with bready sweetness that is light and honey-like; the middle has a little bit of bitterness along with spicy, pine, and resin hop flavors. The bitterness really asserts itself in the final third, with spicy and grassy flavors lingering along with the bitterness in the finish. The body is medium with a bit of chewiness in the mouthfeel, along with a good amount of crisp bite from the hops and the bitterness. The carbonation is medium, but rather soft on the mouth; there is probably as much bite from the bitterness as from the carbonation. The balance of the beer is towards the hops, and the lighter malt flavors, which are quite good, help accentuate the hoppier profile. A good beer overall, although we would like a bit more distinct hop flavor.

From the Hoppin’ Frog website: “Raise your glass to the heavens in a toast to hops – the spice of beer! This classic American IPA features the finest American hops to add a spicy, assertive, and citrusy character to its full-bodied, rich malt taste.”

ABV: 6.8%
IBU: 68
OG: 1.068
FG: 1.018


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