The Hop Concept: Hop Freshener Series – Citrus & Piney IPA

The Hop Concept: Hop Freshener Series: Citrus & Piney

Brewed by: The Hop Concept

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: IPA
  • Variation: Imperial (Double)
  • Seasonal: April
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • IBU: 75

Notes: Second of four bottles in the 2015 Hop Freshener Series.

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Bold orange peel and honey aromas with a faint hint of bready malt define this IPA. The citrus and piney are both on full display, with tangerine and grapefruit notes that lead to a crisp spicy finish.

Hops: Exp. 06277, Chinook, Centennial, Azacca, Amarillo, Exp. 05256, Simcoe, Citra

Malts: N/A

Additional: Orange zest.

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First Impressions

Artwork: Follows The Hop Concept brand label template, with orange background.

Color: Fairly cloudy, dark apricot in color.

Aroma: Sweet malt with faint orange citrus notes.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle

Served in: Short Tulip

Citrus & Piney was the Hop Concept’s second limited release of the year from their Hop Freshener Series.

At Best Coast Brew Fest Lost Abbey told us they were increasing production for their next Hop Concept release, and it seems they kept their word. Citrus & Piney was much easier to source when it came out than Dank & Sticky – no bottle limits or sellouts.

Hop Freshener Series: Citrus & Piney was the first beer we have (knowingly) drank with Azacca hops, so cheers to that. Azacca is new on the scene, a dwarf bittering hop known for its tangerine and pine characteristics.

Citrus & Piney was also brewed with orange zest, so between that special ingredient, its name, and Azacca hops, we kind of had an idea where things were headed…

This India Pale Ale showed off a tall, fluffy head after it was poured, with excellent retention. Its foam started off delicately, then melted away into webs of lace clusters down the side of the glass after a few drinks.

The Hop Concept Citrus & Piney featured that trademark Port Brewing maltiness they always seem to use in their IPAs. That made for a thicker mouthfeel, and when mixed with its citrus flavor, gave the illusion of the pulpiness you’d find in orange juice.

Citrus & Piney delivered a short burst of juicy, yet moderately bitter orange and tangerine flavor up front. The piney came on next with a slight bite, where more citrus fruit washed back in for the sweet finish.

This was a unique IPA in the sense that orange (naturally from hops) is a less common citrus profile than grapefruit these days. Its flavor also became more pronounced when it warmed. You might consider letting your glass rest for about 10 minutes before drinking to open it up.

Citrus & Piney was another fine addition to this young IPA series, but Dank & Sticky was still the better of the two bottles so far — by a nose. Mike liked the drier pine qualities of the last release, where this was more up Sara’s alley for the citrusy style of IPAs that she prefers.

Final Score: 4/5

4 Stars

The Hop Concept Hop Freshener Series: Citrus & Piney showcased a delicious, juicy balance of sweet, and not overly bitter orange citrus. The flavor was so pleasing, we just wished it lasted longer, or was a touch more intense. So far, the Hop Freshener Series is shaping up to be a top notch set of IPAs in our local market…

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