Hoppy Hour IPA | Mash House Restaurant & Brewery, The

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Hoppy Hour IPAHoppy Hour IPA

Brewed by:
Mash House Restaurant & Brewery, The
North Carolina, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by OldFrothingSlosh on 04-07-2003

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Photo of BrewMaster
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a crystal sniffer glass. The color is sort of peach/orange/red with a rich foamy white head and a slight cloudiness to the beer. Nice lacing on the glass as the beer disappears into my gut.

Smell: Wow. The nose on this beer is indeed exceptional and excellent. Pineapple, apricot, green apple, peaches, light floral scent, some piney hop scent that smells like douglas fir and a clean malty scent to back it all up. This is one of the best smelling beers I've had to date. Very good nose.

Taste: Very fruity though not so much as the nose. Flavors of floral and piney hops along with pineapple, green apple, and a sweet malty base. The pine hop flavor develops pretty strongly as the beer warms. It's very tasty and well balanced. The biscuity and bready malty is well matched with the earthy hop flavors.

Mouthfeel: Clean with a light lingering feeling from the carbonation on the palate. Well carbonated but not overdone. The pine hop flavor leaves a lasting impression on my palate without being offensive or sharp.

Drinkability: All around a well done IPA. It's fruity and complex. If I could get this beer consistently it would make an excellent session beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finally had a chance to try this brew at the World Beer Fest yesterday,poured a deep orange with a nice very sticky head,aromas of pine neeedles and grapefruit lets u know what this beer is all about.Taste is very resiny and citruisy but not over the top there is a firm dry malt backbone there to keep this baby somewhat in check.Well my new North Carolina favorite I can see why so many think highly of this brew around here,I went for seconds and thirds for this beauty.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.18/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – Deep, dark, rich orange, almost brownish-orange, with some live carbonation and a dangerous head. Head retention? All day long. Belgium lacing? Well, it would actually have to go DOWN first to lace the glass.

Smell – This is a very balanced IPA aroma. The hops are complex, with pine, flower, and citrus all getting about an even share. Beneath that though is a huge sugary yeasty malt backbone. This smells like the complete package.

Taste – The pine resin takes charge of the hop party at the taste, but the malt is strong as all get-out. It’s yeasty and very sweet with some butter for flavor. The sugars are particularly unique. They are like caramel you’d find in a candy bar.

Mouthfeel – This is the ale’s strong point, IMO. This IPA is incredibly smooth and well balanced. It is just shy of full-bodied with some good bitterness and a dry bite at the end.

Drinkability – This when down in big gulps. I’d hazard to guess that the kegged version of this is probably some of the smoothest ale on the planet.

Comments – This was very different than the IPA that I’m used to out West. I love my PacNW hop monsters, but this was an extraordinary experience. A special BA “thumbs up” to the man – OFS – for sending this one my way.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
3.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a deep amber orange color with a nice big white head. It's nice and fluffy and it doesn't seem to want to go anywhere. The smell is all hops upfront...nice and piney with some citrus hints as well. A little alcohol and some caramel comes through as well.

The first sip has a nice hoppy profile that is not too overwhelming...decent biterness. The maltiness shines through as well...sweet and caramely. I could've used a little more hops here..but it's still tasty.

Mouthfeel is good...right on par for an IPA. As for drinkability...it's a nice IPA that I could definetly down a few of. Only problem...can't get it near me. Thanks go out to Ninjaworm for the trade and the chance to try this one.

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Photo of blitz134
4.13/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enormous head on this. I was worried that this 6pack might be flat since there was a spot on each of the caps where it looked like they had been cracked open with a bottle opener, but that definately wasn't the case. Head is very light beige reduced to a thick rocky layer. Lacing thick and sticky. A light caramel body showing a little haze. Still Very nice.

Fairly strong aroma consisting of plenty of citrus hops with some doughy sweet malts in the back. Tasting through the thick pillow of head which remained lead into a pine resin dominated flavor which finishes with a nice bitterness. Some sweet caramel malts work well in balancing this out. This is a solid IPA.

Mouthfeel is fairly full. The carbonation level adds a crispness which thins the mouthfeel a bit. Drinkabily is great. Good flavor with a refreshing crisp feel. Highly recommended. Something worth seeking out in NC.

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Photo of Kappakoosh
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of merlin48
4.67/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Found one sixpack of this one at Lowe's grocery in Boone, NC, on March 5, 2005. Hadn't seen Mash House in Boone, before. Odd label, as depicted here. Hoppy Hour pours out a hazy, honey amber body with a one finger offwhite head. Lots of bubbly carbonation and a few small "floaties" are evident in the glass. Excellent head retention, and a beautiful lacing effect with sticky sheets and patches all over the glass.
Aroma: Wow! Lots of hops here. Citrusy grapefruit, orange, and pineapple notes are dominant, but there are solid hints of spruce pine and grassiness, as well. Solid malt presence of toffee and caramel are picked up underneath. Exceptional bouquet!
Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderately high carbonation. Sticky hops resins are coating the entire mouth with a pleasantly bitter sting.
Taste: First impression is that I'm drinking a Stone IPA. Powerful, citrusy hops are coupled with pine cone bitterness. Grapefruit, orange, and pineapple mirror the bouquet, as does some bitter pine cone character. Malt balance is nicely executed, as well, with caramel and honey sweetness holding the hops assault in check. Ideal carbonation allows the hops to tickle the roof of my mouth. Finish and aftertaste leave a lasting grapefruit and pine hops bitterness.
Impression and Drinkability: This is one of the best American IPAs I've sampled. Other than the rare Highlands Cold Mountain Winter Ale, this is the best Carolina brew that this reviewer has encountered. Quite a pleasant surprise, and exceedingly well balanced and tasty. This one would be a staple in my house, if it were a bit easier to find. Highly recommended.

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Photo of warriorsoul
3.83/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have been holding onto this one for too long...thanks to AlexJ for this particular offering.
Pours a somewhat cloudy golden orange color w/ two full fingers of off-whte head after the softest of pouring...this one was dying to get out of that bottle.
The aroma is like one I have never smelled before in an IPA...almost bubble gum like w/ a definite citrus zing to it. A very subtle sweetness from the malts.
This is one hopped up IPA...extremely bitter and almost spiced. I can't quite put my finger on it...there is plenty of malt, but it feels a little unbalanced in its finish IMO. Mouthfeel is a bit thicker than most IPA's, but the carbonation is too high...tons of hop burps coming up.
For me, there are other IPA's I would reach for before this one, but I like its unique characteristics enough to enjoy again. Good thing silver0rlead sent me one as well...I look forward to trying this one again soon.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Pop the Cap gathering in Raleigh on 3/27/04.

The same cloudy and dull orange color with a hugely rocky and sticky off-white head that almost coats the glass completely. Aromas are all hops. Bitter, mad, and pissed-off hops are in your face, daring you to say something. Flavor is more balanced than I remember the bottled version being. Some of the bite was taken out of this one. The aftertaste was less pronounced and shorter-lived. Still a great beer, but I still preferred the Rogue I2PA that I consumed that day.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Hops and a little sweet malt is present. Mine was not overly carbonated and had a nice off-white head that dissipated to a thin film with some nice thin lacing. A nice bitternes hits the palate with the pale malt coming about halfway through to the finish. This has some backbone and is not just a thin/light ale with the extra hops. This tasted great to me because of the great malt/hop combo that was present with each sip. A vigorous froth releases some sweet malt flavor but the hops hang in there, a very small trace of citrus=lemon was detected at the end of the froth but was gone quickly. I agreed with the label: Damn Good Beer.
A good IPA in my book, different and enjoyable. Cheers.

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Photo of tdm168
4.03/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Tribeca Tavern in Raleigh

A - dark, cloudy orangish amber with a soft, white head that has great retention

S - citrusy, grapefruit

T - light bready malt, light toastiness, grapefruit, spicy, herbal, floral, bitter finish

M - medium bodied, smooth, crisp, a little heavily carbonated

This is a decent IPA. It has a nice, solid hop character and it's easy to drink. It's worth checking out.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.12/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Mash House delivers a beautiful, rich, and satiating beer in their Hoppy Hour IPA! It's lightly hazy copper body is capped by a decent-sized head of creamy off-white foam that holds fairly well and leaves some nice lace at the outset of the glass. The nose is welcoming with bright, grassy, citrusy and piney hops over a caramelish and nutty maltiness. It's medium bodied and delicately zesty in the mouth, leaving it fairly dextrinous and lightly creamy and smooth across the palate. Bold hop flavors and a rock solid bitterness return in the flavor against its caramelish, nutty, somewhat toasty, and sublimely buttery maltiness. It's more of an assault on the palate than it is complex, but it is striking and memorable! It finishes bone-dry with a lingering bitterness, some quick-to-fade citrusy hops, and then some more long-lasting piney character. Nicely done!

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Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours rather dark for an IPA, an opaque orangish hue with a creamy white head. Intense nose of sweet, floral hops with a good degree of maltiness in the background. Hops continue on the palate - very assertive, with some serious bitterness (not harsh but balanced) towards the finish. Bitterness lingers on the tongue. Very nice mouthfeel - lightly creamy, with a little bit of foaming that actually adds to the experience. For being subject to a 6% law here in NC, Mash House does a superb job with this one.

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Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from blackie's growler

appearance: deep copper, mostly clear but somewhat hazy, thin creamy white head that laces

smell: floral hops, vibrant citrus aroma underneath (mostly grapefruit), slight pine...very inviting

taste: very hoppy, citrus, bitter hop taste emerges as the floral taste fades.

mouthfeel: moderate/full, bitter

drinkability: growler/2, shouldn't be a problem

This is a quite good IPA. It's a shame that you have to go to Fayetteville to get growlers.

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Photo of silver0rlead
4.32/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a spectacular beer, pours with a 3 finger, thick, frothy white head that leaves incredible lacing down the glass. It is pale, golden amber color...spot on for an IPA. The smell is dominated by hops but has a solid malt backbone, intitially you get a strong grapefruit scent followed by caramel malt as well as a fruity yeast smell but you can tell this is a hop bomb from the start. The taste, where to begin...obviously hops are going to dominate and you can pick up a very resiny and oily taste as well as the juicy citrus taste (it's really like biting into a grapefruit) and in the middle you have a diminuitive malt accent of caramel and fresh baked sourdough. It ends with a distinctive dry, oily bitterness that is really what you are looking for in an american IPA. Quite an exceptional IPA, dont believe the haters this is truly it, one of the best IPA's from NC and also one the best IPA's period. This is Mash House's flagship brew and i think we all know why. Spectacular all around, really a seminal IPA...a must try for the hophead. This is to the southeast what Hop Devil or 90 minute is to the northeast

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Photo of bditty187
4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Coppery-bronze hue, there is a tremendous amount of sediment fluttering downward in my pint glass; it looks like the Milky Way Galaxy! The rocky off-white head reached two fingers in height of dense foam. I was quite impressed with the retention but the subsequent lacing was minimal. The amount of sediment is disturbing but it is far from a deterrent, especially after I took a sniff. The nose is highly hoppy like an American IPA with big juicy citrus notes and noticeable influences of pine but behind this boldness were a very pleasant note of a fruity marmalade and a hint of mint. The potency is fairly strong and I found the aromas very inviting. The palate is arid yet juicy with lemony-citrus, grapefruit rinds, pine needles, resin, and tobacco. It seems astonishingly bitter for “only” 47 IPUs, the brewers seem to have gotten every last drop of hostility from those little hops. Even though this is a hoppy IPA I did notice some fruitiness and a bit of malt sweetness in the background. Appetizing aftertaste, largely citrusy and leafy but plenty clean too but not so much I forget what I was quaffing. I must say this is a very good IPA. Medium in body with low and natural carbonation, the mouthfeel is very agreeable, it’s kind of soothing. This is a highly drinkable beverage. Good stuff here. Thanks PhantomVodoo!

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Photo of PhantomVodoo
4.15/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazed brownish copper color with a good off-white head that left lots of lace.
Good aroma of spicey hops, pine, citrus, and slight fruit.

Big hop flavor. Spicey, citrusy, piney hops. Fruity. Biscuity, caramel malt flavors underneath.

Good mouthfeel.
Good drinkability.

Overall, a good, tastey IPA. From what I understand they just started bottling this stuff. Big thanks to AKSmokedPorter for hauling it up to Ohio.

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Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle purchased at Chip's in Kill Devil Hills and served chilled in a Chimay goblet.

A: The ale is a deep amber color bordering on red with a small head and no lacing.

S: The nose is a citrus hop.

T: The taste is an earthy hop with notes of grapefruit and a medicine-like flavor.

M: The hops are strong here, unafraid to shine and stand out.

D: Very drinkable, this is a good IPA that packs a punch without scouring the taste buds.

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Photo of CRJMellor
4.43/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a murky, copper color with an sort of neon dark orange glow. !/2 inch white head forms and deposits lots of sticky remnants of lace on the galss as it is drained.
Aroma resin, citrus and flowery hop profile.
Flavor is amazingly citrus and some sugary caramel upfront and then an explosion of tasty but dominant hop. Beautiful power as the pint winds down.
Mouthfeel is just perfect IPA, great combination and transition from some sweet malt to powerful aggressive yet very flavorful hop.
Drinkability is as high as any IPA I've sampled, great beer, great reflection of style.

Thanks to trbeer for sharing tthe wealth.

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Photo of AFDerek
3.92/5  rDev -2%

Photo of wcudwight
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a bright copper color with a nice lasting foamy head. Lacing looks like soap suds on the side of the glass.
S: Not that intense in the nose. The smell is of hops and some citrus fruit.
T: Hops, Hops, Hops. It has just the right amount of malty sweetness to balance it out.
M: Very crisp and fresh in the mouth.
D: I could drink a few of these

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Photo of blackie
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Produces a big, fluffy white head when poured from the bottle. Some lacing is left behind. The color of the beer is a clear, medium dark amber with some orange showing through.

Smells quite hoppy with a good amount of malt there to back up the high hops. Behind that the smell is of a basket of tropical fruit. Smells pretty damn good, more heavy and malty than many American IPAs.

Carbonation is medium, as is the body.

In the early stages of the sip, the heavy floral hops and considerable malt battle for center stage...with the hops easily prevailing. Then the taste turns bitter with fruity flavors hiding behind. The fruit flavors then step aside, leaving only a powerful hop bitterness behind in the finish. Say what you will about Fayetteville, but this is the place that makes my trips home bearable.

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Photo of buckiflyer
4.42/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks Dad for tasting with me. Poured from bottle an enourmas head, could not fit entire bottle into pint glass. When I had my first bottle of Mash house months ago I though perhaps it was overcarbonated due to the large head. Head was thick, white and fluffy, long lasting head with tons of lacing. Cloudy orange color that clears as head disapates. Intense hop dominated smell. Smoot taste with a great hop and oak finish. A great IPA. I consider myself lucky to be able to have this beer available in several stores around here, look forward to grabbing one on tap soon if I can find it at a local bar.

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Photo of Gusler
4.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer after forsaking the 12 ounce brown bottle pours a beclouded deep amber color, the head is gigantic as this babies been a fermenting’ in the bottle, head is creamy in texture and the color a toothsome light tan, as it slowly dematerializes, the lace forms a tight skirt upon the glass. Nice hop floral aroma on top with a bit of bread dough underneath, citrus crisp and fresh, a yummy sniff for sure, start is nicely malted and lightly sweet, the top is fair to middling in its feel to the palate. Finish is gracefully acidic, the hops delightful in their spiciness, very dry in lingering aftertaste, a quite drinkable beer, my thanks goes to BIF5 and AKsmokedporter for this bottle

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Photo of WeisGuy
4.2/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

a - copper color, huge foamy white head with nice retention, lots of beautiful lacing

s - a really distinct aroma from other IPAs I've had, this was pure pineapple and passionfruit (if you've had Ben and Jerry's Jamaica Me Crazy sorbet, this smell is spot on), very nice hoppy aroma to go along with the tropical fruits

t - once again, distinct from most other IPAs, mild hop bitterness up front, followed by a sweeter fruity taste, then malty slightly bitter finish, I think more subtle than many IPAs that just assault the palate

m - lots of carbonation, an oily feel after swallowing

d - I sessioned this last night, and it was very good all night, the abv is about right, and that beautiful aroma and complex taste keep making you want to take another drink

Very impressed with this beer. Very solid in every respect, this beer will certainly now become a regular for me. If you live outside NC, this is definitely worth the effort to try to get your hands on some.

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Hoppy Hour IPA from Mash House Restaurant & Brewery, The
Beer rating: 4 out of 5 with 112 ratings