Hop Hash | Caldera Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
calderabrewing.com

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

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.

Added by cbarrett4 on 08-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
159
Reviews:
41
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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5/5  rDev +37.4%

Photo of flexabull
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Shared this growler with a friend last night, filled on Friday.

Pours a bright and clear dark gold gold, almost amber, with a very nice white head.

Aromas are nice, pleasant and hoppy. Mostly hard candies and sweet citrus, maybe some orange and mango.

Taste is just like the nose. Lots of hoppy and semi sweet citrus flavors. Some mango, peach, orange, cream, bread and with some crystal malt flavors. Finish is crisp with some mild resin and fruity bitterness. This is a well balanced beer, with both good malt sweetness, and plenty of hop flavors.

Mouthfeel is very nice, smooth, full, and nice mellow carbonation.

Overall, an excellent beer. The beer is listed here as a Pale, the server said the same thing, but this seems a bit strong, and bordering on an IPA. But I really don't care what this is, it's that good. I wish Caldera would consider bottling or canning this.

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Photo of jw4free
4.31/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz into a Weizen glass. L: huge off white puffy head. Dark Amber, great lacing. S: fruity ester, malty, not much pine or citrus. T: mild citrus and touch of pine. Sweet maltiness is the overriding theme. F: bit of carbonation crisp fades to thick mouthfeel. O: this is an outstanding beer. But seems to have more in common with a hopped scotch ale. Just my opinion. I prefer malt to bitter, and this one is that. I think it's one of the best beers I've had.

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Photo of GrantBrennan
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

Photo of Mikestaf
4.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of cbarrett4
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from tap into pint glass at Nano-brew festival PDX.

Brewer's notes (couldn't find online, just on the card I had):

"This beer gets its name from the Hop Union Hop Hash nuggets..." "...the beer is designed to be a surprise on all fronts. Even the brewer had no idea how hoppy it would be. (Last keg of this beer)."

Poured a lovely pale ale/IPA copper hue with decent head retention and very fine lace. Really intense on the nose. Amazingly complex but dominated by the hops and hop oils. Bright citrus, bread, and cooked oats all waft out. Lots going on. On the palate, the beer is richly flavored and insanely dry with intense hops that never really seem to be too over the top. The texture is lovely with a great finish. This was the beer of the night! Intense, yes, but with complexity and nuances to help round it out, the resulting beer never seems to be too much.

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Photo of rangerred
4.15/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of woosterbill
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
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!

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Photo of FLima
4.06/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep amber color with a thick head with great retention and leaving laces.
Delicious tropical fruity aroma with notes of passion fruit, mango, tangerines, pineapples, biscuit malt, mild pine and a bit of papaya. Especially present right after opening the bottle.
Quite bitter flavor, made me sneeze a few times. Citric flavor with notes of grapefruit, slightly toasted malts, lemon, pine, caramels, peaches, some earth, tangerines, spices, resin and perfume. Dry and very bitter and long aftertaste.
Medium body with appropriate carbonation. Alcohol of 6.5% abv is well hidden.
American IPA with an initial very nice aroma and a very bitter taste that comes and goes from assertive to complex, not sure why. I believe this exemplar is very fresh; maybe the process with lupulin extract may be more subject to degradation over time and outside cold temperatures. Just a wild guess given the huge spectrum of opinions. And Caldera, please have some respect for consumers and put some sort of date in the bottle!

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an impy nonic a clear deep copper color with a fantastic one finger clingy head that stuck like glue to the glass leaving two full rings of lace as it settled into a frothy mass atop.Sharp grapefruit-hop aromas over top of a mildly sweet biscuit malt base.Citrusy but not overly bitter hops dominate the palate with some boozy notes,if you like alcohol and fruit based hopped up beers this is for you,I like it alot.It's gotta fruity boozed element to it and I love it,it's a a great APA,I consider it more of an American IPA,either way it's a hop lovers kinda beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of t420o
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Caldera Hop Hash

A- pour produces a two finger light beige head with very good retention and very good lacing. Body is golden-copper. 4.5 

S- very resiny slightly bitter hop smell that I love, tropical hop smell, earthy, caramel malt is in good balance. I really enjoy the smell of this beer, just a bit light on the smell. 4  

T- this is a very good pale ale in my opinion. Resiny hops, tropical fruits, Graham crackers, caramel malt, earthy undertones. Finishes kind of dry. 4 

M- good mouthfeel. Medium carbonation and medium body 4 

O- really digging this beer. Hop flavor is earthy and resiny and malt balance is excellent. Very good drinkability 4.5

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Photo of bstave
4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A- Pours a translucent copper with a 2 finger white fluffy head and sticky lacing. Nice looking beer.

S- Citrus with big toasty caramel notes.

T- Citrus hops and big malt backbone.

M- Thicker than most APAs. More on the likes of a DIPA. It is smooth, however.

O- This is a fresh bottle and tasting pretty nice. This is a solid APA that flirts into the IPA category.

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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4/5  rDev +9.9%

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Hop Hash from Caldera Brewing Company
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