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Hop Hash - Caldera Brewing Company

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Reviews: 34
Hads: 143
Avg: 3.63
pDev: 23.42%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  6.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: cbarrett4 on 08-21-2011

Caldera's Hop Hash Ale is a partnership with Hopunion, LLC. Hop Hash is like a breakfast hash, but mashing different hop varieties instead of meat, potatoes and spices--a twist on the American-Style Strong Pale Ale using pure lupulin for bitterness, taste and aroma. This ale gets its name from pure hop lupulin extracted and scraped from the Hopunion pelletizing line. Lupulin is the glandular powder separated from the strobiles of the Humulus Lupulus (hops) plant.
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Photo of peacebone116
2.6/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 22-oz bottle of this from the Davis Beer Shoppe. Bottle lists this beer at 6.5% ABV.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with nice, visible carbonation. The head is slightly off-white, almost creamy.

N: The nose is a little bit skunky, actually. There is sweetness from the malt and then a bit of vegetative floral. Not much positive here, really.

T/M: The flavor is actually a bit better than the nose. The bitterness is clean up front but digresses to a slightly light-struck quality. The malt is well balanced and pairs well with this bitterness, but there is not much complexity to this one. The body is medium, finishing a bit dry, but not too far off for the style.

Although this is a pale ale, with a name like "Hop Hash", using the resin of the hops in the brew, one would expect a much more floral beer (something more akin to an IPA). This is more bitter than most pales, but it has none of the redeeming qualities that I enjoy from the bitterness. It lacks a lot of citrus crispness and floral qualities I have come to love from the hops. It is possible that this bottle is old (not bottle dated) or that it was mishandled, but over all just not a beer I would recommend to people.

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Photo of John_M
2.87/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sampled recently at the PIB event in Portland.

The beer pours a copper orange amber color with fairl good head retention and decent lacing. The nose isn't too bad, though I was concerned by how malty and sweet the aroma was. There was considerable orange citrus as well, coupled with some sweet tropical fruit. On the palate, this IPA is very sweet and malty, which tended to make it seem much boozier than it actually was. I would have guessed the abv. to be in the 8%, 9% or10% abv. range, instead of the 6.5% it actually is (stll hard to believe it's that low). The level of sweet malt and alcohol seemed to completely dominate what little hoppy bitterness I could pick up. The finish was was quite sweet and boozy. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to full, and I found the beer to be quite heavy and tiring to drink.

For those who like the so -called East Coast IPA style, this beer might be right up your alley. It's very malty and sweet, and frankly I don't think there's nearly enough hoppy bitterness to handle it. One and done for me...

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Photo of Reidrover
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz = bottle from ’Lifesource" Salem $3.99 Clear burnt orange/copper ale with a large frothy off white head. Fine aromas of spicy/citric hops..some hay in the back Very astringent..really attacks the taste buds..becomes almost ashy in its intensity..after sitting for a while some of the intensity subdues..but really needed more oats to get this in check Palate is fine OK for style Overall i can get it down my throat but never a great experience

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Photo of beagle75
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tall chalice.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of parchment-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild caramel and mixed fruit makes this beer smell like an English-style pale ale, complete with a dusting of yeast-derived esters.

T: Begins off-dry, with medium-toast English malt qualities. Acidity is moderate into the middle where hops lend a faint peppery quality that makes them appear rather stale. The finish exhibits moderate bitterness alongside some cherry wood smoke and minerality that linger on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, by turns wet then drying on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA is typical of those produced by Caldera; competently assembled overall, but with odd or questionable decisions regarding the application of hops. In this case the muted quality of the hops struggle to be noticed, leaving the rest of the beer to appear as a solid--but malt-focused--pale ale.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Bier Thirty... Poured into my slim tulip while getting boxes ready for shipment...

2 finger off white head... the brew is clear light amber... nice retention and lacing..

Nose shows big grapefruit zest with another heavy hand of toasty/light caramel malt..

Bruising bitterness ... Hops seem muted by the malt.. no doubt.. light pine and zesty citrus is blown out by the malt.. toasty, caramel, and even hints of burnt sugar.. lingering bitterness with no where to go.

The body is more like a DIPA... and even then, a DIPA with too much residual malt... too thick for sure. Burpy carbonation doesn't do much for me.


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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a deep golden color ith 1/4 beige head, some good lacing

S: Bittering hops, pine needles, Earthy with osme caramel

T: Starts with a bigger bodied that I expcted with bittering hops and pine needles, some citrus and Earthy notes with some caramel. I thought it was pretty one dimensional

M: Light to medium bodied, well carbonated.

O: Average drinkability, no major issues, probably would not drink again

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Photo of avalon07
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: An average aroma of hops, pine, and some fruit.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, light fruit (pineapple), a little malt, and some pine. Like the flavor for Caldera's Hopportunity Knocks, this flavor is a little to hops-forward, leaving a very bitter aftertaste. None of the other ingredients are powerful enough to make an impression.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Hop Hash simply misses the mark. It's out of balance and unfocused, which is never a good thing.

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Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this out when back home in NC, we get some Caldera stuff here in OK, but not this one...

Pours amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, orange peel & grapefruit. Easily the best aspect of this beer

T: Grapefruit, orange rind, some caramel & a touch of aspirin up front. Herbal & woody hops as this warms, grapefruit rind & more aspirin & then some leafy hops & a little bit of pear fruittyness. Finishes with piney bitterness with some lemon & orange zest & astringency & dryness, plus some biscuitty malt

MF: Creamy with medium body that thins as this warms. A bit more malt profile would've helped with balance

Nothing to get excited about here, was hoping for more

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Photo of kencarman
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This could be SO much better. The nose is very, very promising, but once you gt into taste... eh, so what? Needs more complex grain bill and hopping. A bit one dimensional and background-ish in taste. Mouthfeel orange-ish in hops but just pale malt. This is a, "common, you can do better than this," beer. There are SO many decent IPAs out there. Why choose this one when there are so many stand out, or interesting, examples?

While nose is interesting, hop taste is just bitter with not much more than a hint of orange-like hopping.

Light gold, small bubbles with some pillow, clarity: a bit of fridge chill... perhaps? Head holds for a while.

It's not bad, just needs to stand out more..

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MADhombrewer for sending this along in a recent box.

A foamy dull finished off white head is about a finger thick. A touch of sudsy lace. Straight Amber color with good clarity.

Light, somewhat sweet aroma with toasted malt. A touch of green and muted fruity aroma.

Actually bends a little towards the malty side of things. Decent balance, decent APA, but nothing quite special. Somewhat fruity with a bitter and sweet finish.

Basic body and feel. If anything carbonation is a little strong.

Glad to have tried it, but not among my favorite APA’s

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Photo of mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite rich and perky hop celebration. Coppery amber in the Duvel tulip with a very decent head. Nice foamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a tart flavor. Modest nose but plenty of hop flavor.

Fairly spritzy on the tongue. Lots of malt with some biscuit flavors peeking out. Orange peel, lots of resiny taste. Flattens out some after sipping a while. Heading towards harsh piney flavor but the malt is rather pleasant. Certainly not a standard Pale Ale. Quite bitter aftertaste, more fitting for an IPA. From the 22 oz bottle. Label says 6.5% and sold for $4.49.

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Photo of draheim
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into a tulip. Pours a clear amber color w/ a 1-finger sudsy eggshell head that leaves behind a thin film of lace.

Aroma is on the floral, herbal side with a vague suggestion of onion. Pretty muted.

Taste is likewise herbal and floral hops with a blend of biscuity pale and sweeter caramel malts. Some dried apricots and peaches in there too. Kind of earthy. Tastes like a sweeter, maltier Colorado style IPA. Has a surprising alcohol presence for a 6.5% beer. Finishes sharply bitter.

Mouthfeel is about average, medium bodied with a lingering aftertaste from the hops.

Overall a decent, drinkable IPA but nothing extraordinary here.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle I brought to share at drewone’s tasting.

Pours a clear copper with a tan head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, citrus zest, and herbal hop aromas. Taste is the same with a higher level of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but definitely heavy on the bitter hop flavors.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle $4.99 and marked at 6.5% ABV. Copper color, decent head, smells boring. Slight bit of hops and malt, really underwhelming. The taste was a step up, decent bitterness, hops, chewy malt and a thickness that is good. Definitely feels more like a string pale ale rather than an IPA. Not bad at all.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out as a deep orange color with a nice looking white foam on top. The lacing and retention were decent on this beer. The smell of it was a mixture of hoppy aroma's ranging from earthy to resin-like. I felt that the aroma was a little underwhelming. The taste is decent, it's bitter for sure and there is a bit of malt in there to balance the beer out a little bit. I feel that it's just a little one dimensional in the taste. The mouthfeel of the beer was good, it had a solid medium body, it was nicely carbonated and drinkable. Overall this beer wasn't bad, but not one of my favorite in the style.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle of this for 5 bucks at the House of 1,000 beers. Brewed once so it must have been bottled in March of last year making this bottle 10 months old. Peeling back the tag the original price was 15 so no wonder it didn't sell.

A - Not an exposition of carbonation but much more than I expected. Got a solid 1/4 inch of opaque colored head atop of a hazy deep amber brown beer. In the glass it's still very alive with a constant stream of bubbles from the base.

S - Actual quite juicy still with grapefruit hops and musky caramel bread base. Some herbal sort of hop smells as well.

T - Kind of acidic with faded sharp pine hops, malt balance and some hops clinging to the back of the palate. Kind of a dirty muddled hop profile with a touch of herbal bitterness which actually reminds me of aspirin. In other words not great.

M - Light to heavy, somewhat chewy, still quite bitter.

Overall I was surprised to see these hops still alive even after the expected 6 months expiration but that doesn't mean it's a great beer. Very bitter, herbal, and medicine like this one is worth passing on even for 5 bucks.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on an amber body.
The aroma is caramel and grapefruit, but pretty faint overall.
The taste is full of caramel with some danky lemon and pine.
The texture is crisp with soft edges.
An enjoyable brew.

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Photo of kingmaxwell
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Smooth and strong hop hint
golden brown pouring slippery
inviting bitter.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Caldera Brewing 'Hop Hash IPA' @ 6.5% , served from a 650 ml bottle purchased for $7

A-pour is a slight pale gold from the bottle to slightly hazy amber in the glass with a medium size off white head leaving a winter window of lace along the pint

S-more citrus rind than pine resin

T-intial taste was a tad harsh , since has mellowed and become somewhat smooth

MF-good carbonation , feels full bodied

Ov-decent IPA , bit chewy at first ,

prost LampertLand

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Photo of Docer
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: (4.0)

- Pours a rather dark malty clear amber with a fluffy inch of foamy mad head. Settles to a foamy thick blanket with bubbly lace sticking around. The brown in the color is quite rich and inviting.

Smell: (3.5)

- This brew actually has quite the malty and yeast aroma. Sweet caramel, toffee, and some esters. Quite the fruity touch, some grape, passion fruit, and perhaps mango. It does however contain a slight off-putting buttery aroma (which unfortunately I have experienced a lot from this brewer).

Taste: (4.0)

- A pleasant caramel and bread malt up front. The bitterness and grassy/earthy hops show up a little late. Some fruity hops, grassy, herbal, and a nice bitter flare. The beer tastes great, and doesn't have any buttery flavors. Resinous pine, grass, and earthy is what I get from the hops.

Mouth Feel: (4.0)

- This is a pretty heavy bodied brew.. but not quite like a strong stout or porter. It's creamy, well carbonated, and chewy. It's a touch dry, and cloying as well. The creamy malt body, and bitter hop finish really compliment the feel well.

Overall: (3.5)

- I like what they have done here. This is one of the better brews I have had from this brewer. For me they have slowly gotten better over time, but almost lost me as a common buyer. I do see their canned brews in quite a few outlets around town. Beers like this one spark my interest once again in the brewer. It's a worthy drinker, and is quite drinkable and balanced.

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Photo of Roman5150
3.79/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

bottle into duvel glass

appearance: semi-murky golden orange/amber, with large 3 finger white head, lots of lacing

smell: earthy malts, sweet, pine, caramel

taste: Very malt forward IPA, very sweet and has an earthy caramel presence mid-palate. Some piney bitterness, but it takes a backseat on the palate. Has some very minor saison-esque funkiness buried in there, but it's very very subtle. Tastes pretty light overall.

mouthfeel: low carbonation, thin bodied

overall: A pretty good IPA, if you like them malt heavy. Definitely not a hop bomb, there's not much bitterness, just an earthy flavor reminiscent of what the label might suggest. For the price, it really is a good deal, but it's nothing to seek out.

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Photo of Spikester
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From John's Market in PDX. Pours a clear copper with three fingers of off white head. Lacings are plentiful. Aroma is resiney pine, some citrus, and bread notes. Taste is white grapefruit, leather, and a big push from the malts help the tongue deal with the hop oil resinous bitterness. Mouthfeel is full with good carbonation. Medium dry bitter finish. Still a bit of foam at the bottom of the glass. Overall a fine beer but maybe a bit too bitter for most Pale Ale fans. Close to an Imperial Pale Ale IMO.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear orange with a huge root beer float type pillowy head. Great head retention and lace. An impressive beautiful pint.

S: White grapefruit pith, melon rind, lemon.

T: Lots of citrus immediately, but finishes with a sweet biscuity malt note that adds a balanced touch to the beer. Grapefruit and tangerine zest throughout.

M: Medium-bodied, frothy creamy carbonation, light resiny aftertaste for the style.

O: A solid bomber of IPA at a good price, these Caldera bombers can get up there, but this is a nice value. Very northwest, but with a hint of Cali.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a lightly hazy orange-ish to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, mellow orange citrus hops. In the taste, a dryer orange citrus hop and a nice malt balance. A small hop bite, but mainly smooth, with a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dryness of orange citrus and somewhat malty. Nice hops with balance, fresh and pleasant.

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Photo of beer2day
3.96/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a steady orange gold with 2 fingers of khaki cream head. Good retention and very nice thick lace all over the glass.

Bread and caramel malt dominate the nose. Light pine underneath. A bit earthy.

Lighter caramel in flavor, but stronger pine. A bit of toffee goes with the bread malt. Nice dry, arid hop finish. Even a bit tart.

Body is spot on. Esters are a bit strong here, so comes on a little thick for some. I liked it, though.

Overall, an easy drinking pale. My bottle says 6.2% abv, so just a tad lighter than listed.

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Hop Hash from Caldera Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.