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Hop Hash - Caldera Brewing Company

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123 Ratings
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Ratings: 123
Reviews: 32
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 12.04%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: cbarrett4 on 08-21-2011)
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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

OWSLEY069, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Hopmodium
4/5  rDev +12%

Hopmodium, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of DrDemento456
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

DrDemento456, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of MrT1979
3.5/5  rDev -2%

MrT1979, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of marct
3.5/5  rDev -2%

marct, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of russpowell
3.28/5  rDev -8.1%
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

russpowell, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of rmehughes
3.5/5  rDev -2%

rmehughes, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of fox227
4/5  rDev +12%

fox227, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of Spikester
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Spikester, Dec 13, 2012
Photo of Lantern
3.25/5  rDev -9%

Lantern, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of abcdefghijkyle
2.25/5  rDev -37%

abcdefghijkyle, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of gtcrispy
3.25/5  rDev -9%

gtcrispy, Oct 23, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Knapp85, Oct 16, 2012
Photo of Archemedies
4/5  rDev +12%

Archemedies, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of scantonio
4.25/5  rDev +19%

scantonio, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of 4Socialanxiety
4/5  rDev +12%

4Socialanxiety, Oct 03, 2012
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -9%

beernads, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - orangish amber with a huge layer of thick, dense, off white head

S - citrus with a faint bread aroma

T - pine, bread, citrus, pineapple, mildly bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is rather solid, refreshing, easy to drink pale ale. It has a great hoppy character with a balanced malt. This is a solid offering from Caldera.

tdm168, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of rangerred
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a thick off-white head. Great head retention.

Has a very citrusy hop aroma along with a little bit of dankness. A little bit of caramel and biscuit malt as well.

Taste is a great balance between malt and hops. Great earthy citrus quickly followed by biscuit and toasted malt. No one flavor really overpowers the other and the balance is really outstanding. Bitterness is high and it leads to a crisp, clean finish. Nice full mouthfeel.

I am really impressed by this beer. It is not a humungous hop bomb but more of a balanced IPA. Would like to have again sometime.

rangerred, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of avaldivia
3.5/5  rDev -2%

avaldivia, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of bsuedekum
4/5  rDev +12%

bsuedekum, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a snifter. Thanks to the sharer.

A: Clear, reddish-amber body with a thin, frothy cap of off-white foam. All right.

S: Hops. Very floral, honeyed, and lightly fruity. Melon and cucumber. Different and delightful.

T: More balanced and normal here, with floral hops and bready malt being the dominant flavors. A bit of melon-like fruitiness persists. Bitter finish. Really nice.

M: Light to medium bodied; creamy carbonation. Good.

O: Great APA; it hides its surprisingly high ABV entirely, and it's especially fun to hear about the unique process that lies behind it. Very cool indeed.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of BigJiMo
3.5/5  rDev -2%

BigJiMo, Jul 17, 2012
Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

beer2day, Jul 12, 2012
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
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

barleywinefiend, Jul 08, 2012
Hop Hash from Caldera Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.