The Hop Concept: Hop Freshener Series – Dank & Sticky IPA

The Hop Concept: Hop Freshener Series: Dank & Sticky

Brewed by: The Hop Concept

Beer Classification and Specs

  • Style: IPA
  • Variation: Imperial (Double)
  • Seasonal: February
  • ABV: 8.5%
  • IBU: 85

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

Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients

Our inaugural release boasts aromas of citrus, and dank, resinous pine. As the flavor opens, huge notes of stonefruit and dank resin give way to a juicy malt backbone and drying hop bitterness on the finish.

Hops: Columbus, Chinook, Centennial, Exp. 05256, Simcoe, Mosaic, and Comet

Malts: N/A

More Hop Freshener Series – The Hop Concept Dank & Sticky Images

First Impressions

Artwork: A car freshener in the shape of a hop. Clever.

Color: Hazy, to cloudy copper.

Aroma: On the sweet side, with bready malt and peach.

The Tasting

Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle

Served in: Short Tulip

A few months ago Lost Abbey announced their new brand, The Hop Concept, to go along with their other line, Port Brewing.

At the time there was some confusion in the craft community over the need for three brands under one roof. But to be honest with you we could really care less how they want to do business, since they brew such quality beer.

A bad Lost Abbey or Port Brewing beer does not exist, so we were immediately looking forward to the launch of The Hop Concept brand. Their introductory teaser of minimalistic vector logo artwork, with a shot of their color coded bottle line-up did not hurt either…

Hop Freshener Series: Dank & Sticky was The Hop Concept’s first of four limited releases for the year, highlighting “different aromatic and flavorful hop combinations to bring out a specific character.”

We hope to review each entry in the series this year. And we say hope, because in its first run, the Hop Freshener Series Dank & Sticky was pretty hard to come by in local San Diego stores.

Dank & Sticky poured a minimal, creamy whipped head that faded away after the first few sips. It left behind a thin coat of froth that clung to the copper colored ale for the rest of the glass.

The ale was quite hazy, so it was hard to notice much carbonation without staring, but once you took a sip you knew it was there, from its sharp and refreshing mouthfeel.

Dank & Sticky was a fuller bodied India Pale Ale, with more than adequate malt presence. It was very similar to its maltier cousin Hop-15 by Port Brewing, so we joked about calling it “Hop-15 Light.”

Judging by name — “Dank & Sticky”, and its green colored label, we expected this IPA to be a bit pinier. There was a hit of pine in the beginning, but that was quickly overtaken by juicy citrus, layered over hints of sweet malt.

The finish was a slow creep of pure hop bitterness. Dank & Sticky was one of those delightful ales that attacked our tongue with hoppy effervescence. Its drying effect made for a good bubbly stinger, and left us with fresh orange peel on the palate until we took another sip.

The Hop Concept’s initial offering was one of the better IPAs we’ve had in a while. We had high hopes for their Hop Freshener series, and they delivered. But why expect anything less from Lost Abbey / Port?

Final Score: 4/5

4 Stars

Dank & Sticky showcased juicy and resinous hops, over a sweet malty base. It was a fantastic IPA, and opening to The Hop Concept’s Hop Freshener Series.

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