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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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Reviews: 39 | Ratings: 155
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 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 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.


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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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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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