Greenhouse IPA - Hops and Grain Brewery

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Greenhouse IPAGreenhouse IPA

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BA SCORE
88
very good

187 Ratings
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Ratings: 187
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | FT: 0
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Texas, United States

Style | ABV
American IPA |  7.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: LarryK on 01-19-2014

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Ratings: 187 | Reviews: 22
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Photo of StuporJew
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from the can into my riegel IPA glass.
January release. Thanks to my buddy Steven Z. for the hook-up!!!

A - Pours a hazy gold, with tinges of orange. a dense 3-finger head forms,
hanging around for a good while, and leaving excellent lacing. A good bit of love obviously went into this beer.

S - Dank pine and citrus aromas abound, showing notes of mango (God bless that Mosaic hop!), stone-fruit, and grapefruit pith. A bit of lemon hangs out as well, with basil, and rosemary in the background. I could smell this beer all day.

T - Follows the nose. Meyer lemon, mango, vegetal bell pepper, and apricot, with a bit of underlying booziness that hugs the palate. Damn, I need a clone recipe for this bad-boy. I LOVE Mosaic hops, and this beer just gives me another reason to do so. The herbal notes from the nose carry over to the palate, but aren't cloying in any way, and invite you to sip... and sip... and sip... until your glass is empty, and you're sad that your beer is gone. *Sighs*

M - Light Carbonation for an IPA, which does this beer a good bit of justice, by not forcing the hop resins onto your tongue. A little bit creamy, but also slick and slightly oily. Once again, I could drink this beer all day. That being said, if I did, I wouldn't accomplish anything, because after one pint, I'm feeling a bit "right"...

o - H&G outdid themselves with this one. I really wish it was more available in DFW, but one can wish in one hand, and so on and so forth. All across the board, this beer is what every other Mosaic-based IPA wishes that it was. Take a backseat, Community and Victory. Hops & Grain kicked your collective asses with this release!!! If you have a chance to get your hands on even a single pint of this beer, DO EEET! Your tongue, liver, and sanity will thank you in every way possible. (And so will I, and the nice folks at H&G, who deserve a cookie and a high-five for crafting this delicious beer.)
Cheers!!!

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Batch #17 can poured into an oversized snifter.

Frothy pale white head over a cloudy, unfiltered-looking orange and amber body with a nice glow to it. 4.5

Delicious-smelling nose, melon-y, floral and light citrus. 4.5

Damn son. Bubblegum baby. Kinda reminds me of Big League Chew. Big fruit flavor like honeydew before a spicier,pinier hop flavor on the finish. 4.5

Juicy with mellow sweetness and a smooth creamy feel. There's a strong lingering bitterness that is hardly apparent until I've made my way through 3/4 of the can, so it appears to have slowly accumulated. 4.25

What a great brew. I love the juiciness and the honeydew flavor. I'm becoming a sucker for the melon fruit flavors in IPAs, they're just tasty as hell.

Photo of zonker17
4.25/5  rDev +8.4%

Drinking batch 8. Best I've had to date.

Photo of brurevu
4.1/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This review is based on the January version as Hops & Grain will be experimenting with each monthly batch. The basic IPA recipe will remain the same but H&G will be showcasing the different hop varieties by dry-hopping post-fermentation with a different hop to create dramatically different flavors and aromas. The first (January) release is highlighting Mosaic hops with a small amount of Meridian and Nugget hops to add some juiciness. The Greenhouse IPA poured a deep golden amber with a large fluffy white head. The nose was citrus and dank hops that had my mouth watering. The taste was a grapefruit citrus and deep dank earthy hops that deftly dominated my taste buds. There was enough of a sweetness to the malt profile to balance the hops and made this brew a dangerously drinkable IPA. The Mosaic hops were a great kick-off to the series and the grapefruit and dank flavors really shine. I will be looking forward to the next months iteration and hope I can get my hands on this again as with only 300 case a batch these will go quickly!

Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The mighty JenRay has come through yet again, supplying The CANQuest (tm) with yet another new CAN! Let's see what's inside.

From the CAN: "Sustainable quality"; "Cheers!"; "Small Batch"; "Hoppy, [CAN]sume Fresh"; "At the Hops & Grain Brewery we know that good planets are hard to find. That's why we are working hard to save our own by packaging our beer in the most recyclable {CAN]tainer on the Earth. Aluminum!"; "Embrace your adventure wisely & HOP ON DOWN THE TRAIL Bird-dog the wisdom worth chasing & HOP ON OVER TO THE FAR SIDE About-face the world you want & HOP ON ALONG WITH US The world is full of words, dig it.".

The Crack! was loud and an inverted Glug was thusly initiated, creating two fingers of dense, tawny head with good retention. Color was a hazy Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13). Nose was redolent with grapefruit - zest, rind, fresh-squeezed juice, all of it. Now, my hophead mouth was slavering! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was really grapefruit, which is one of my favorite flavors. I don't always have fruit juice in the morning, but when I do, it is tangy grapefruit juice and not orange juice. Did they grow grapefruit in their Greenhouse? Hops, perhaps? I don't know, but I know that this is the way to start the day! Finish was only semi-dry, which was kind of surprising. The hoppy flavor should have made it much drier, but I was okay with a non-gasping finish. More, please.

Photo of obrike
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very tasty canned IPA from Texas. What's not to like.

Love the fact each release is a bit different than the previous. This is a pretty big IPA and a tasty bang for your buck at 7.6 abv. Zesty citrus hop attack.

Well done HAGB.

Photo of HipCzech
3.94/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz can (marked "batch#16") poured into an IPA glass. Almost clear gold with a full, rocky head of white foam; recedes quickly but leaves nice lace. Fruity and vegetal hoppy nose: melon, citrus and dank hops. Round malty and fruity body (tropical and melon) with spicy bitterness. Smooth, medium body with moderate carbonation. A very drinkable IPA with layers of fruity hop notes.

Photo of champ103
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%

A: Pours a hazed copper/orange color. At first a thick two finger white head forms, and gently recedes to a ring. Light lace is left behind.
S: Caramel malts, some sugar and then a resinous pine aroma. A lingering bitterness in the nose.
T: Burnt caramel and sugary sweetness up front. Pine, grapefruit, lightly soapy. Some sips it finishes on a subtle note, other sips it finishes more bitter. Which is a little odd.
M/D: A medium body with soft carbonation. Not as crisp and dry as I would like. Not hard to drink, but not the best IPA out there.

Had it on tap at Craft Pride over the weekend, and now a can at home. This is a decent IPA, but there are better Texas versions out there.

Photo of kojevergas
3.24/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Brief initial impressions:

Can served into a snifter. Expectations are average.

A: 2 finger wide head of white colour. Fluffy and soft-looking, with a good consistency. Retention is pretty good - about 6 minutes. Leaves light lacing as it recedes.

Body is a translucent nontransparent clean copper with gold hues. Vibrant and inviting, but nothing we haven't seen before in this style.

Looks good and well-carbonated, but nothing about it stands out.

Sm: Piney hops, hop resins, floral hop characer, nectary hops. Pale malts. Maybe some faint caramalt.

A pleasant aroma of average strength.

T: Taste matches the aroma, with a drawn out oily hop aftertaste and overdone bitterness. It's overhopped at the expense of its balance, but it's not obnoxiously bitter - just a little out of sorts.

Average duration, depth, and intensity of flavour.

Mf: Smooth, oily, wet, medium-bodied, and aptly moderately thick. Overcarbonated and unrefreshing. This texture fails to elevate the beer, but does complement the taste pretty nicely.

Ov: A drinkable serviceable IPA with an overaggressive hop profile that throws off the balance. Methinks they tried to throw too many hop varieties in without focusing on one or two dominant flavouring hops. Above average, but far from world-class. On par with my expectations for Hops and Grain's beers.

C+

***
Second impressions:

CAN: Aluminum. 12 fl oz. No obvious best before date.

Reviewed live at low altitude in Austin, TX. Served cold into a pilsner glass.

No bubble show forms as it's poured.

HEAD: Healthy, with plenty of width and foaminess. Nicely creamy, thick, and full, with a sticky even consistency and a decent complexion. Retention is good - about 6-7 minutes. Leaves light lacing on the sides of the glass as it recedes.

BODY: Murky copper of average vibrance. No yeast particulate or hop sediment is visible, but I wouldn't call it clean. It doesn't appear filtered, and could have far better clarity.

Appears well-carbonated (or perhaps overly carbonated). Looks pretty typical of the style, with no stand-out characteristics.

AROMA: Nuggety resins, a hint of pine, floral hops, some nectar, mild grapefruit. Not a juicy fresh citrus aroma or a resinous-as-hell nugget bomb, but it's appealing for what it is. It's not soapy or onion-y. Could certainly be fresher and more evocative.

The pale & caramalt base complements the hop profile decently.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Not as piney as I remember. Certainly floral, with faint resins, a hint of grapefruit, and some oily hop characteristics. The hop profile isn't horribly fresh or evocative, but it nicely dominates, presiding aptly over the pale malt foundation. This is overall a decently balanced IPA, and isn't as overhopped as I remember, but there's ample room for improvement - especially in terms of complexity and subtlety. The hop profile could absolutely be better. Depth of flavour is above average I suppose, with an average duration and intensity of flavour.

No yeast character, alcohol, or off-notes come through. I do like it for what it is.

TEXTURE: Surprisingly light on the palate, with a light to medium body, low thickness, and (thankfully) no syrupy or viscous characteristics. Smooth, wet, soft enough, and refreshing. Complements the taste decently, but fails to elevate the beer overall. Slightly overcarbonated. Overall presence on the palate is nice.

OVERALL: Drinkability is its finest characteristic; I could down this all night if I chose to - but I wouldn't, especially considering the myriad of superior beers in the style available widely (and often at better prices). This is absolutely above average, but still not a brew I'd recommend to friends or send to trade partners. By Austin standards, it's a pretty good IPA. But nationally, it can't compete with the likes of beers like Racer 5, Lagunitas IPA, Fresh Squeezed, et al.

High C+

Photo of haems
4/5  rDev +2%

From can to glass, streams yellowish to golden orange. One finger of head, dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. Malty caramel on inhale, sits on the front of the palate. Velvety about the tongue. Short and clean aftertaste. Made in Texas to boot -- proud to drink an IPA this fine. This is either a late August or early September batch. Creamy.

Photo of Wagner74
4.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Hazy copper color, nice off white head, good lacing as the beer goes down. Aroma of pine, some citrus, nice hoppy character. Mouthfeel is full, with the booziness 7.3% provides, but finishes clean.

Very tasty, wonderful IPA, favorite from Hops & Grain. Well done.

Photo of jacobbocce72
4.31/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

First review ever... so bear with me:

This is the January release... so mosaic hops with this one.

A- Pretty hazy orange/copper color. Decent amount of head... 2 fingers or so. As others have mentioned, lacing is solid the whole way through this beer.

S- Almost "weed-y" (you know what I'm trying to say). Getting a lot of pine as well. A very earthy/grassy character. Trying to get some fruit character out of it, but having a hard time after the initial smell.

T - Very similar to the nose. Same pine, but a little more citrus character... trying to pinpoint the exact fruit. Almost a "butter" like quality... but not in a bad way.

M- Pretty awesome... really coats the mouth and sticks around for a decent while. The resiny nature of the beer really starts to come out. Carbonation is there, but pretty subtle.

O- I'm a huge fan of this beer. This is my last of the six pack and I'm a little sad. Every time I have this beer I bump up the rating just a little bit. I like the easy drinking nature of this IPA (I've found that most H&G beers are pretty easy drinking). Although, throwing down a six pack in one sitting may not be the brightest idea.

Photo of cpetrone84
3/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pour is lightly hazed copper in color with a thick off white head and strong lacing. Nose is faint, light stale grain and citrus hop with a hint of resin. Taste is very subtle, body is a bit syrupy, carb is fairly strong. Taste also has a fair bit of grain in it, hops are stronger, some citrus, fair bit of hop resin, and a moderate bitterness.

Photo of brentk56
3.99/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batch 19 with Calypso hops

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color; the head is pretty modest but leaves spotty lacing

Smell: Cracker malt, melon, pith and pine

Taste: Crackery, up front, with melon, pith and pine flavors developing; assertively bitter through the finish with a hint of lime

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Fresh this week, it is a nice, refreshing IPA; it would be fun to live in Austin and try each new batch

Photo of BadAxeBeer
4.93/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great beer I give it a 96/100. Really crisp light taste w tons of hop flavor

Photo of Stevedore
4/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can, no canning date, at least 2 weeks old for sure. Thanks Mikey! Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/24/2014.

App- Hazy light caramel/amber body, nice 3-finger white head with ridiculously good retention; lots of slick lacing.

Smell- Smells very green, similar to Jai Alai.. organic and wet hopped-like if that makes sense. A nice bit of grassy, floral hops and cracker flavours. Almost like a hoppy pilsner.

Flavour- A bit more complicated than the nose. Floral hops, a bit of citrus, and a decent bit of pine, but that all still takes backstage to the floral hops. Complemented by a nice white cracker, slight caramel maltiness that resembles that of a nice pilsner. Interesting and I actually really enjoy this.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, aftertaste is a nice sweet pine resin that isn't overwhelmingly bitter. Solidly drinkable, very enjoyable and dry.

Overall- Tasty local IPA that is quite a bit different than most other IPAs I've ever had. Nice balance of malts and hops, and the hops are quite different than the "juicy passion fruit mixed with massive citrus" bombs.. for a nice change of pace.

Photo of hoppytobehere
4.21/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can, about a week old. 60% Falconer's Flight, 20% Chinook, 20% Centennial

A: Hazy copper body with thin head.

S: Fresh american hop aroma. Mostly notice the chinook and centennial. Reminds me of Odell IPA, which is a great thing.

T: Reminds me a lot of other IPAs I really enjoy. Great hop flavors, pretty dry.

M: Spot-on for the style. Good carbonation.

O: Great beer from TX. Hope they do well with this one. I'd buy this a lot if it were available in Colorado.

Photo of LittleDon
4/5  rDev +2%

Canned version Aug 2014 Version: 1/3 Centennial, 15% each Mosaic, Meridian, Crystal, and Pearl (equal parts Bravo & Falconer's Flight make up the rest). Copper tinged, cloudy, good head and lace. Lots of fruit in the aroma with a hint of cattiness. Medium-low carbonation and medium body. Balanced in most aspects, not too sweet, not too dry. No hop characteristic predominates. Resinous middle with a good dose of tropical fruit. Finish leans toward the earthy/spicy side and is mildly bitter.

Photo of thegerm87
2.38/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Might have gotten an older can but this was not good.

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.48/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a 3 finger width foamy head. Head retention and lacing are good. Has a strong piney, slightly citrus aroma. Slightly bready taste with a moderate piney hop and mildly astringent aftertaste. Nice grapefruit and lemon zing at the end. Very smooth taste. Not overly abrasive. Light bodied.

Photo of popery
3.41/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a medium orangey amber color. Nice and glowy and quite cloudy. The head is medium and sticks to the glass well, though it mostly dropped off pretty quickly and left a very clumpy pattern of bubbles. The aroma is underwhelming. Middle of the road hop flavors - floral, grapefruit and a touch of juniper. Light caramel malt in the background. Taste follows the aroma. It's a bit sweet and doesn't pack enough punch or brightness from the hops. Not very bitter. Just light caramel and pretty standard hop flavors. It's certainly not bad, and it's really not all that sweet. There's just nothing to make it stand out from the enormous pack of American IPAs that are already on the market. Mouthfeel is a touch hop-oily, medium to light. Decent enough beer, and I don't think trying stuff that isn't distributed to my area will ever get old.

Photo of Nikadaemus
4.75/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Great tasting IPA. Love this brewery.

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Greenhouse IPA from Hops and Grain Brewery
88 out of 100 based on 187 ratings.