The Hop Concept: Hop Freshener Series – Tropical & Juicy IPA
Brewed by: The Hop Concept
Beer Classification and Specs
- Style: IPA
- Variation: Imperial (Double)
- Seasonal: October
- ABV: 8.5%
- IBU: N/A
Notes: Fourth of four bottles in the 2015 Hop Freshener Series.
Brewer’s Notes and Ingredients
Aromas of floral citrus and mango dominate this release. While the flavor leads with a burst of bright papaya, pineapple and tangerine, and finishes with hints of spice from the hops and a clean, sweet malt undertone.
Hops: Vic Secret, Simcoe, Galaxy, Eureka, Amarillo, Cascade, Citra.
More Hop Freshener Series – The Hop Concept Tropical & Juicy Images
Artwork: Follows The Hop Concept brand label template, with red and pink background.
Color: Hazy dark orange to copper.
Aroma: Mango and pineapple.
Arrived in: 22oz. Bottle
Served in: Short Tulip
Tropical & Juicy was the Hop Concept’s final limited release in their four bottle Hop Freshener Series that debuted this year. We thought this was the best of the series, but who knows — it may have just been the “freshest” on our tastebuds.
It’s worth noting The Hop Concept brewers changed up the recipe for Tropical & Juicy. Initially it was going to feature Amarillo, Cascade, Citra, Nelson, Mosaic, Exp. 06277, and Azacca. It was also supposed to use grapefruit juice, and we were so glad they skipped that, because grapefruit additives are getting pretty tired in India Pale Ales these days. Somebody makes the best grapefruit IPA, and everyone else should just stop trying.
Hop Freshener Series: Tropical & Juicy poured a smooth, off-white pillowy head that resembled boiling wort. After a few drinks its supple head melted down enough so we could finally coax some sweet, tropical fruit aroma out of the glass. Its lasting head left behind a thin coating of froth that sheeted the side of the glass as it was tilted for each sip.
We would assume The Hop Concept used the same base malt for each Hop Freshener Series release. But Tropical & Juicy seemed to have a lighter body than its predecessors. We couldn’t see any carbonation through its hazy body, and its mouthfeel was definitely softer, with only a touch of effervescence.
We love it when a beer tastes just like it smells, and Tropical & Juicy lived up to its billing in aromatics and flavor. Its nose was a pleasing blend of mango and pineapple, with those same profiles kicking off the fruity flavors.
The sweet maltiness of this India Pale Ale paired perfectly with its tropical and citrus fruit-based hops. Up front was the tropical mango and pineapple, followed by a powerful, biting citrus finish. On the bitter side, tangerine and grapefruit citrus washed away the mild tropical fruits.
We wished the tropical was as intense as the citrus, but this ale still demonstrated why everyone has been digging the fruity Southern Hemisphere hops (Vic Secret and Galaxy) that are catching on so quickly with IPAs lately. With the gush of juicy citrus, we are guessing they dry-hopped Tropical & Juicy with Simcoe and Citra to finish it off.
Whenever we review an entire bottle series, we always have to crown a winner. It’s too bad there’s not a way to preserve an IPA perfectly, because a head to head tasting of Dank & Sticky against this one would declare the unanimous winner. Regardless, this is how we ranked The Hop Concept’s Hop Freshener Series:
Final Score: 4/5
The Hop Concept Hop Freshener Series: Tropical & Juicy lived up to its namesake — it was a refreshing and tasty blend of both tropical and citrus fruits. This release was a great way to close out the series, and already has us looking forward to what’s in store next February.