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Hop Hash | Caldera Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
40
Ratings:
157
Avg:
3.64
pDev:
22.25%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
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Reviews: 40 | Ratings: 157
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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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 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 mactrail
3.51/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Quite rich and perky hop celebration. Coppery amber in the Duvel tulip with a very decent head. Nice foamy mouthfeel. Medium bodied with a tart flavor. Modest nose but plenty of hop flavor.

Fairly spritzy on the tongue. Lots of malt with some biscuit flavors peeking out. Orange peel, lots of resiny taste. Flattens out some after sipping a while. Heading towards harsh piney flavor but the malt is rather pleasant. Certainly not a standard Pale Ale. Quite bitter aftertaste, more fitting for an IPA. From the 22 oz bottle. Label says 6.5% and sold for $4.49.

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Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked this out when back home in NC, we get some Caldera stuff here in OK, but not this one...

Pours amber with 3 fingers of cream colored head. Very good head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness, orange peel & grapefruit. Easily the best aspect of this beer

T: Grapefruit, orange rind, some caramel & a touch of aspirin up front. Herbal & woody hops as this warms, grapefruit rind & more aspirin & then some leafy hops & a little bit of pear fruittyness. Finishes with piney bitterness with some lemon & orange zest & astringency & dryness, plus some biscuitty malt

MF: Creamy with medium body that thins as this warms. A bit more malt profile would've helped with balance

Nothing to get excited about here, was hoping for more

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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 JohnGalt1
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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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 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 barleywinefiend
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 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 avalon07
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a hazy consistency. There was an inch of foamy, fairly long-lasting head. Very good lacing.

S: An average aroma of hops, pine, and some fruit.

T: Tasted of a moderate amount of hops, light fruit (pineapple), a little malt, and some pine. Like the flavor for Caldera's Hopportunity Knocks, this flavor is a little to hops-forward, leaving a very bitter aftertaste. None of the other ingredients are powerful enough to make an impression.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a bitter finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Hop Hash simply misses the mark. It's out of balance and unfocused, which is never a good thing.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from New Seasons.

A mildly hazy amber with a dense, off white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks great! The nose, though, is disappointing. Muddled hops, pine and citrus, mildly grassy, a little dull. Quite doughy and malty with a blend of caramel and cereal present. The palate opens with a moderate bitterness, gritty, mildly oily, pungent, grassy and messy. Flavors of pine and grapefruit peel are present. Thanks to how fresh this is, these flavors work reasonably week with the doughy malt base. Some burnt sugar is present. Sweet and bitter on the finish, creamy with soft carbonation, this beer is decent.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 Reagan1984
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to MADhombrewer for sending this along in a recent box.

A foamy dull finished off white head is about a finger thick. A touch of sudsy lace. Straight Amber color with good clarity.

Light, somewhat sweet aroma with toasted malt. A touch of green and muted fruity aroma.

Actually bends a little towards the malty side of things. Decent balance, decent APA, but nothing quite special. Somewhat fruity with a bitter and sweet finish.

Basic body and feel. If anything carbonation is a little strong.

Glad to have tried it, but not among my favorite APA’s

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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 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 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 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 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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