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:
158
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
11.26%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
18
For Trade:
0
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Photo of abcdefghijkyle
2.25/5  rDev -38.2%

Photo of ste5venla
2.5/5  rDev -31.3%

Photo of peacebone116
2.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a 22-oz bottle of this from the Davis Beer Shoppe. Bottle lists this beer at 6.5% ABV.

A: Pours a slightly hazy copper color with nice, visible carbonation. The head is slightly off-white, almost creamy.

N: The nose is a little bit skunky, actually. There is sweetness from the malt and then a bit of vegetative floral. Not much positive here, really.

T/M: The flavor is actually a bit better than the nose. The bitterness is clean up front but digresses to a slightly light-struck quality. The malt is well balanced and pairs well with this bitterness, but there is not much complexity to this one. The body is medium, finishing a bit dry, but not too far off for the style.

Although this is a pale ale, with a name like "Hop Hash", using the resin of the hops in the brew, one would expect a much more floral beer (something more akin to an IPA). This is more bitter than most pales, but it has none of the redeeming qualities that I enjoy from the bitterness. It lacks a lot of citrus crispness and floral qualities I have come to love from the hops. It is possible that this bottle is old (not bottle dated) or that it was mishandled, but over all just not a beer I would recommend to people.

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of John_M
2.87/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sampled recently at the PIB event in Portland.

The beer pours a copper orange amber color with fairl good head retention and decent lacing. The nose isn't too bad, though I was concerned by how malty and sweet the aroma was. There was considerable orange citrus as well, coupled with some sweet tropical fruit. On the palate, this IPA is very sweet and malty, which tended to make it seem much boozier than it actually was. I would have guessed the abv. to be in the 8%, 9% or10% abv. range, instead of the 6.5% it actually is (stll hard to believe it's that low). The level of sweet malt and alcohol seemed to completely dominate what little hoppy bitterness I could pick up. The finish was was quite sweet and boozy. Mouthfeel was medium bodied to full, and I found the beer to be quite heavy and tiring to drink.

For those who like the so -called East Coast IPA style, this beer might be right up your alley. It's very malty and sweet, and frankly I don't think there's nearly enough hoppy bitterness to handle it. One and done for me...

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Photo of Reidrover
2.95/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22 oz = bottle from ’Lifesource" Salem $3.99 Clear burnt orange/copper ale with a large frothy off white head. Fine aromas of spicy/citric hops..some hay in the back Very astringent..really attacks the taste buds..becomes almost ashy in its intensity..after sitting for a while some of the intensity subdues..but really needed more oats to get this in check Palate is fine OK for style Overall i can get it down my throat but never a great experience

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Photo of Bigdoc91
2.99/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

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3/5  rDev -17.6%

Photo of DoctorQ9
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of FIN
3.04/5  rDev -16.5%

Photo of acurtis
3.11/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of beagle75
3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bomber into a tall chalice.

A: Slightly hazy, light amber color with one finger of parchment-tinted foam head. Moderate lacing remains on the glass.

S: Mild caramel and mixed fruit makes this beer smell like an English-style pale ale, complete with a dusting of yeast-derived esters.

T: Begins off-dry, with medium-toast English malt qualities. Acidity is moderate into the middle where hops lend a faint peppery quality that makes them appear rather stale. The finish exhibits moderate bitterness alongside some cherry wood smoke and minerality that linger on the palate.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, by turns wet then drying on the palate, with moderate carbonation.

D/O: This IPA is typical of those produced by Caldera; competently assembled overall, but with odd or questionable decisions regarding the application of hops. In this case the muted quality of the hops struggle to be noticed, leaving the rest of the beer to appear as a solid--but malt-focused--pale ale.

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3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up at Bier Thirty... Poured into my slim tulip while getting boxes ready for shipment...

2 finger off white head... the brew is clear light amber... nice retention and lacing..

Nose shows big grapefruit zest with another heavy hand of toasty/light caramel malt..

Bruising bitterness ... Hops seem muted by the malt.. no doubt.. light pine and zesty citrus is blown out by the malt.. toasty, caramel, and even hints of burnt sugar.. lingering bitterness with no where to go.

The body is more like a DIPA... and even then, a DIPA with too much residual malt... too thick for sure. Burpy carbonation doesn't do much for me.

4/3.5/3/3/3

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3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
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

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Photo of EConnOG
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%

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Hop Hash from Caldera Brewing Company
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