Hop Hero #1 - Liquid Hero Brewery
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3.15/5 rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
64 oz growler just filled at the newly opened brewery, into a tulip glass.
Pours a clear dark copper in the glass, with a finger of slight off-white head. This retains with a frothy ½ finger, leaving back a rich and sudsy cascade of lacing that does hang with some sticky swathes down the sides of the glass. The aroma is only slightly airy feeling in the nose, with a leafy and medicinal feel (there is even a bit of a metallic flavor to this in the nose) that then gives way to some a moderate amount of underlying citrus. This mingles with the sweet graininess of the malt to impart some green tanginess in the back of the nostrils. That medicinal feel really controls but does subside some as this warms. I would have still liked to have found more of a floral or grassy feel to this.
The taste is bitter, leafy, and citric, with a strong herbal presence here that runs the whole way through the profile. Although that same medicinal character as the nose is present, it luckily fades out the longer this sits in the glass. That neutral tasting sweet graininess form the malt supports things underneath, but doesn’t leave too much of an impression, keeping the focus on the crisp flavorful bitterness of hops, which also strengthens as this warms. This finishes dry, with a moderate amount of pithiness that sticks to the tongue. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp feel that lays that bitter citrus down on the palate before moving out into the mouth with more of a soft and creamy feel that is helped along by some underlying slickness to the feel. This definitely has a body on it more akin to an APA and it definitely helps the overall drinkability of this out.
This was a tale of two beers, as I wasn’t very impressed with this at all coming straight out of the fridge but once this warmed up some (like full room temp) that off-putting medicinal character took a back seat as this focused more on those herbal and crisp citric flavors. It’s a bummer that it takes so long to get the full effect here but at least it eventually came. This is the first in an expected series of experimental IPAs from these guys, so I’m definitely looking forward to seeing how this first effort will continue to be improved upon.
Serving type: growler
10-18-2011 15:48:59 | More by Kegatron
Hop Hero #1 from Liquid Hero Brewery
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