The Hop Concept: Hop Freshener Series – Lemon & Grassy IPA
Brewed by: The Hop Concept
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: Imperial (Double)
- Seasonal: August
- ABV: 8.5%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: Third of four bottles in the 2015 Hop Freshener Series.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Our summer IPA features tangy, floral hops on the nose with aromas of fresh-cut grass and lemon peel. On first sip, tangelo and lemon zest burst through with emerging hints of spice from the hops, all balanced by a faint caramel malt backbone.
Hops: Galena, Brewers Gold, Comet, Lemon Drop, Nelson, Sorachi Ace
Additional: Lemon Zest
More The Hop Concept: Hop Freshener Series – Lemon & Grassy Images
Artwork: Follows The Hop Concept brand label template, with yellow background.
Color: Orange or mango, very cloudy.
Aroma: Mild lemon notes over damp malt.
Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle
Served in: Short Tulip
Lemon & Grassy, the third installment in The Hop Concept’s Hop Freshener Series, hit shelves last weekend. The precursors in their limited series were Dank & Sticky, followed by Citrus & Piney. Based on our own palate preferences, Mike favored the first entry since it was more piney, and Sara liked the citrus release better.
The white colored head on this India Pale Ale rose up through the top of the tulip glass like a smokestack billowing puffy white smoke. The foamy top stood tall for a few minutes, then melted down. Once it dissipated, we could finally get some aroma, which was damp malt with mild lemon notes.
Hop Freshener Series: Lemon & Grassy was too opaque be to be called hazy, since no effervescence could be seen in its mango colored body. We might as well have been trying to spot bubbles in an Imperial Stout. It was non-transparent, yet if the light caught the bottom of the glass just right, it appeared to glow pale orange.
Lemon & Grassy was a satisfying, malty, full-bodied IPA. It got a little sharp at the end of each sip from crisp carbonation on the tip of your tongue. Yeah, there was some effervescence in there after all — we just couldn’t see it.
The flavor started off floral and earthy, where we definitely picked up the “grassy” as advertised in this ale’s name. The finish delivered the citrus goods too. We just found the citrus quality to be more orange peel than lemon, since it was more bitter or biting, rather than tart or sour.
The Hop Concept Lemon & Grassy was perfectly timed as the summer bottle, since it was refreshing, and helped beat the heat with a hefty 8.5% ABV. But to be honest, it left us a bit disappointed, since these Hop Concepts sell out in days and you’re left waiting months for the next one.
Lemon & Grassy was still a solid IPA, but not quite up to the level of the first two, so this third release landed in third place. Well, second really, since the first two are pretty much a tie, with Tropical & Juicy playing a major role in the final power rankings of the Hop Freshener Series.
Guess we will have to wait until November to crown the Hop Freshener Series champ…
Final Score: 3.5/5
The Hop Concept Hop Freshener Series: Lemon & Grassy may have been a tiny step back compared to its predecessors, but still a reliable earthy and citrus IPA. If you can find a bottle, it’s worth reaching for.