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Hop Hash | Caldera Brewing Company

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Hop HashHop Hash

Brewed by:
Caldera Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

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.

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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 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.


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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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Photo of beer2day
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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 Halcyondays
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Spikester
3.91/5  rDev +7.4%
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 Roman5150
3.79/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Docer
3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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 LampertLand
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Skrumpy
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber color with foamy off white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is malt and bread with some light citrus. Flavor has that toasted malt, caramel and a bunch of hops bitterness thrown in. It packs a little alcohol heat even. Pine and grapefruit rind. The mouthfeel is resinous. Bitter aftertaste, with a hint of sweetness, like raw cocoa powder. A decent beer overall.

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Photo of kingmaxwell
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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 Fatehunter
3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
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 DrDemento456
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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 Darkmagus82
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bomber into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear amber color with a billowy white head of foam. The head has a good level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a great level of foamy lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma is strongest of a fruity nature with a good deal of tropical fruits as well as a lots of grapefruit and citrus hop and a moderate showing of some herbal hops. Along with these aromas comes some light grassy and hay smells as well.

Taste-The taste begins with a nice fruity flavor of tropical fruits with plenty of tangerine, pineapple and mango. Along with these flavors comes a rather strong doughy and caramel flavor creating a very sweet taste overall. While sweet, there is some hop flavors of a grapefruit citrus flavor upfront which are joined by some pine and grassy flavors later on. These flavors grow stronger and stronger as the taste advances, with a slight drying of the sweeter caramel and the doughy tastes, the flavor becomes slightly more cracker in nature, leaving one with a lightly danked, but overall fruity and citrusy taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the average side in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather average. For the mix of hop and sweeter flavors combined with the bit of dankness and the dwindling of the sweet as the taste advances, the feel is rather nice and makes for a smoother and easy sipper overall.

Overall – A fairly nice and somewhat cleaner, but still slightly maltier, and sweeter, tasting IPA. While anything all that superb, it is certainly worth giving a try to if you get the chance.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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 ArrogantB
3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
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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