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 Skidz
4.73/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Gotten in a slew of trades, this one from Ninjaworm. Thanks for the hookup.

Pours out a semi-hazy golden straw color and sits a foggy golden amber in the glass with a large creamy white head with big lacings.

Smells of wheat, coriander, orange peel and...wait a minute, this is an IPA. Smells like a Wit to me. Odd. Some spicy hops beneath, along with a touch of caramel. Overal hints of light citrus. Familiar aromas lie beneath, but are muted.

Tastes immediately bitter up front (whew!) with stong influences of grapefruit. Malts also well represented up front as well. First impression is that this is a perfectly balanced beer from start to finish. Light caramel hues but flavor profile is dominated by the citrus hop flavors. Lemon rind, oranges, tangerines and much more grapfruit. Finish is smooth and bittered with plenty of residual hop flavors to last through the long hours of the night.

Smooth, clean and slick all the way through with a delicate yet firm presence of carbonation. Works itself into every crevase it can find and fills it with hoppy goodness.

This is a hell of an IPA, and tastes like sweet hoppy goodness. Session beer from here to eternity. My glass is completely covered in lacings from top to bottom, kick ass.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.7/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - uncaps with a hefty rush of air. Initial pour is a finger of beer, 4 fingers of light orange foam. The beer is a mildly clouded tangerine color. An ice cream scoop of head is above the rim as I squeeze the last half ounce in. Lace so thick that it forms sideways peaks on the glass.

Aroma - oranges and pine needles, takes me back to my childhood days in Durham. A hint of honey at times. Awesome nose.

Taste - this highly hopped brew starts out bitter with grapefruit and resin flavors and works its way to the sweet side around the swallow, turning citrusy (mostly orange). Finishes rather juicy, with orange and residual oils hanging around. Not as eye-opening as the look and smell, but a 'damn good beer' as the label accurately states.

Mouthfeel - smooth and full-bodied, aggressive carbonation keys the excellent appearance and nose.

Drinkability - a hop head's beer, IPA fans will want to try a sixer of these if they can find them. Thanks to merlin48 for hooking me up with this one!

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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 RBorsato
4.65/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dark gold in color with a nice full fluffy tan head, lots of suspended sediment, and nice lace rings. Nice subtle citrus hop aroma without overpowering the malt. Nice balanced citrus hop-malt flavors. Medium-full bodied, creamy, and smooth with a nicely balanced bitter finish.

Very nice ! A definite regular buy when possible.

Per MHBC website: 2001 Silver Medal Winner, G.A.B.F.
Northern Brewer and Cascade hops.
5.9% ABV
47 I.B.U.

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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 brentk56
4.59/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Copper colored body and beautiful head

Smell - I could sniff this one all day. Lovely overripe orange peel and pine nose. Very distinctive.

Taste - The nose is perfectly supported by the taste, which retains that orange peel and grapefruit citrus bitterness

Mouthfeel - Full flavored and nicely carbonated

Drinkability - This is a wonderful brew that demands your attention. Congrats to the Mash House for a job well done.

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Photo of stirgy
4.55/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Kaboom! This poured with an exploding carbonation and was topped with a very heady foam. Very sticky and meringue like in appearance, almost like bright white whipped cream. Big dollops of foam clung to the top of the glass. The beer itself is hazy and golden orange in color and had a generous carbonation. I realized after the first sip that this was a special beer. Wonderfully sweet malt and tangy fruits are evident. Fruits like pineapple and ripe peaches. Picked out some lemon pledge, too. The taste is light and fruity. Sweet peachy malt infuses together perfectly with a spicy fruit hop character. This is a highly fruity and very nice IPA – big in esters and fruity character, highly flavorful. I could see this style of IPA not being to everybody’s liking, but this beer calls to me big time!

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Merlin 48 for his superb generosity. If I had this beer stashed away, I would have drank it instead of giving it to another BAer. It's that good. It's everything that fellow BAers have written and more. An extremely well balanced IPA. I usually like my IPAs lopsided on the hop end. This one is not and I still love it. Along with other BA comments, it shows tremendous proteins in it's head retention and it's creamy, silky smooth body. Aromas are more than heavy doses of flavor and bitter hops, it's yeasty, bready, toasty, caramelly, nutty, earthy, musky, and robust. The pine / spruce flavors are sweeter than typical in an ipa; the rough edges have been mellowed out. The strong citrus flavors and aromas are nowhere near astringent or puckering. There is no catch in the back of the throat. The fruity sweetness contradicts the hop bittering nicely. The finish is a balance of malty sweet, flavoring hops, and a lingering bitterness. The best IPA I've had in a while. Thanks Merlin!

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Photo of Luigi
4.53/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy orange with a massive white foamy head. What a beautiful sight! Smells very hoppy. Hints of pine and citrus and a sweet bready malt. The taste is a wonderful balance of hopes a barley. This is for sure a hopheads beer, but it is balanced enough that even a fan of malty beers can enjoy it. Has a piney hop and a powdery bread like malt. Some sweetness from the alcohol too. The mouth feel is nice and creamy, rolls around the tounge a bit. Wow, this is great tasting beer! I love it! and I am proud it is brewed in my home state!

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Photo of Crosling
4.52/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Light copper.

Delightful, pungent, aroma of hops and more hops. Hops fill the room. Grapefruit, mint and pine come from the hops while apricot, peach and hot biscuits come from the malt.

This is one damn delicious India Pale Ale. This could have lasted the journey. The hops are strong, citrusy, flowery and fairly raw, rich and intense. Notes of pine sap, lemon, grapefruit and mint come about from the hops. But, what I really love about this beer is its big, massive and creamy malty backbone. It's unique. Toasted malts, caramel corn, butter toffee and just the perfect ending of mixed nuts and honey. Damn.

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Photo of nmann08
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of DrJay
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber/caramel colour, quite hazy, with a large, dense, off-white head. Great retention and clumps of foam stuck to the sides of the glass as the beer disappeared. Very generous hop aroma consisting of citrus/floral topped by a mellow perfumy and pine resin smell. Malt aroma is present, but definitely takes a back seat to hops. Full body with moderately high carbonation. Big and malty up front, and this matches the drying hop bitterness very well. Nice combination of hop flavours as well, with plenty of citrus and pine. Balanced, dry finish. Very enjoyable and highly drinkable.

12 oz. brown bottle, no freshness date.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliantly clear copper color, this one is quite a beauty to look at. A pretty stream of bubbles rises from the bottom of my tulip glass, which supports a wispy pale tan head. The aroma is dominated by a distinct hoppiness that has notes of pine trees, apricots, tangerines, grapefruit, and tropical fruit.

The taste is lightly sweet up front, but quickly becomes dominated by a pleasing sharp bitterness and a healthy kiss of hop flavors. The flavor is reminiscent of a mix of sharp herbalness, pine needles and citrus fruit. This really has a solid bitterness to it, it is really sharp an lingers on my tongue long after the beer has left my throat. The underlying maltiness supplies a nice sweetness, which really magnifies the fruity hop character of this beer. The great thing about this beer is that it is light on the palate, yet still delivers a balanced WHOMP of hoppiness all throughout.

This beer was far better than I was expecting, and the growler is almost two weeks old, yet still tastes fresh and vibrant. Thanks a bunch to Ninjaworm for this beer, I am really enjoying this awesome example of an American IPA. If anything I have not given this beer as much credit as it deserves.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
4.5/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle courtesy of Ninjaworm.
Pours a familiar orangy copper color with a massive slighty-off-white head. Lacing and retention are both pretty impressive.
Smell is floral hops, a bit earthy, and of course piney. A little caramel, maybe toffee comes out in the aroma as well. Definite fruitiness to this one.
Taste is slight malty sweetness up front, followed by a slight bitterness and hop flavor, finishes off with some fruitiness and just a bit more bitterness.
Mouthfeel is splendid. Not oily at all.
Overall, an exceptional IPA. Very good hop flavor, bitterness, and very drinkable. Wow. Great stuff.

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Photo of John1985
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Wow! Amber color with an inch head that glides down the pint glass. Fresh citus hop aroma was potent. Flavor was true to style: fresh hops balance with malt sweetness. Excellent balance and flavor. Pleasant bitter aftertaste. This is what beer is meant to be! Best IPA since Sierra Nevada Celebration.

Wish I could get this on a regular basis but picked it up on a trip to Asheville NC.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Murky looking copper color with an incandescent orange glow about it. Very small particulates floating in suspension. Good sized airy white head. The lace is full and clingy. Nice blast of hop resin, pine, citrus and perfume/mint. Just a tad too much perfume/mint, but still an enjoyable nose. Oh yeah, the taste has some bite to it. I love it. It's raw and harsh. The hops highlight, but the sugary caramel malt foundation is quite sturdy. Bitterness is high. Hop flavors are delicious: pine sap, hop resin, cannabis, orange rind and pungent citrus tones. Every sip I take beckons another. Body is medium full and the mouthfeel is quite pleasant. I saved this one for last on my tour of "Carolina" and now I know why...it rocks.

Thanks for the gem AKSmokedPorter.

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Photo of IceAce
4.48/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Many thanks to fellow BA hoppedup for sending this baby cross-country! There must've been some turbulence between NC and California, however, cause this little darling gushed all over herself as soon as the cap was popped.

Since the effervescent display served as a warning, I quietly decanted this IPA into a beer-clean footed pilsner glass and quickly (despite my caution) received three fingers of off-white foam. Dissipation of the collar of foam left about 40% lacing atop a copper-colored body with just a slight haze.

The nose is warm and inviting with a pleasant floral hop note supported by a backdrop of sweet malt and an intriguing depth of yeast normally only seen in bottle-conditioned beers. When I emptied the contents of the bottle into the area vacated by the former collar of foam I discovered the source of the haze...yeasties...and lots of them!

The brew was escorted to the tongue by a spritz of CO² as the show began. While the hops made an oh so brief appearance upon entry, it is the yeast which steals the show. The house malts show decent support, but the tongue continues to ask...what style is the yeast? While I don't believe I've ever had an IPA made with a Belgian style yeast, that may have just changed. (White Labs 550?)

The finish shows a crisp hop bite followed once again by a long slow fade from my newly acquainted yeast buddies...and a tear forms in my left eye as I discover that only a few precious ounces remain and I am stranded 2,548 miles from the source (according to Mapquest).

Dale, good buddy, tell Mom to 'spect visitors 'cause I'm heading your way for one of my new favorite IPA's!

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Photo of gueuzegeek
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had a chance to have some of this glorious brew at the world beer festival! Thanks to a couple of folks heading me in that direction. One of them was the brewer from Avery in CO who also had a marvelous IPA as well. Okay, so the color is amber, and the head was HUGE for such a small glass. The aroma was absolutely fabulous!! The hops were wonderfully present. The taste was equally as brilliant. This beer (and the Avery IPA) truly made me realize just how much I really still do LOVE a good hopped ale. The maltiness was well balanced as well, and this beer may just get me back to NC faster!!! GO GET ONE if you live near by!!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived on the table clear pale amber golden with an everlasting head which laced the glass.

The aroma was fruity and citrusy with a distinct grapefruit and woodsy character and hop aroma coupled with a sweet caramel malty presence.

The flavor was bitter with a strong earthy/woodsy and citrus hop presence. The hop bittering and aroma were balanced well by the malt backbone and caramel maltiness.

The finish was dry with lasting hop character and malt long and pleasantly into the aftertaste. The body was medium and well done. I'm glad I waited to review till I got it fresh from the source. This experience with the Hoppy Hour far exceeded any sample I have gotten on tap or in the bottle elsewhere of the beer.

On tap at brewpub. 5.9% ABV, 47 IBU. How had I never rated this before is beyond me.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.47/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color's a golden thing in the glass, a honeyish amber, perhaps, trapped under an enormous head of creamy foam, leaving lace. Looks nice, invites me further for a sniff...Spruce and pine are here, though not too forward, and citric fruit, grapefruit, lemon, and tropicals, too, I'm getting some pineapple, for sure...vibrant, yet clean...nice hop combo in the nose, I like it, but now for the taste...slick texture, dripping hop oils all over the palate, almost pulpy with the fruity feel of it. Medium to light in body, long, clinging finish, very tasty...reminds me of a perennial favorite, Bell's Two Hearted Ale.
smooth, delicious, with a persistent hoppy bite...I like it, I like it! Slightly imbalanced, but not significantly to dissuade the discriminating drinker! This is one I could drink all the time!

Big thanks to AKSP!

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Photo of cretemixer
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Amber-orange in color with a thick, rocky, off-white head. Retention is impressive as it slowly settles to a thick layer, leaving lots of sticky lace in its wake.
Wonderfully hoppy aroma. Sprucy, citrusy with a hint of sweet caramel malts.
A full bitterness hits in the first sip, resinous and citric. It is met mid-glass with a sweeter malt note. Finishes on the sweeter side, but leaves a lingering bitterness to remind you just how hoppy this beer is.
Slick, medium bodied, and well carbonated. A really nice American style IPA and one definitely worth seeking out.
Thanks go out to Floydicus for sharing some of his stash.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.45/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Transparent tangelo topped with a terrific looking cap of pastel orangish ecru that displays a multitude of fine pits and large craters on its rumpled superior surface. I love the heavy creaminess of the head, but wish that more lace would stick to the glass. Still a great looking IPA though.

A wonderful nose greets my nose as I inhale deeply in search of aromatized hops. This is one of the orange fruitiest aromas that I can remember. Cascade is usually heavy on the grapefruit esters, but orange zest outshines grapefruit zest in this case. Northern Brewer add an intriguing spicy earthiness. More power and more pungency would be welcome.

Hoppy Hour is an excellent IPA and is easily a match for my high expectations. This is one of those versions that should be in the flavor dictionary under 'IPA'. It's clearly bigger and bolder than a pale ale, yet has no designs on DIPAhood. There's no muss, no fuss, just pure citric hoppy pleasure.

I love the fact that there's no hint of caramel malt (note: buttery caramel notes appear with warming). In fact, other than the sweetness and the mouthfeel that it provides, there's very little evidence of malt at all. Hops have the limelight and they shine like stars. Hoppy Hour is a citric hop lover's IPA. It's amazing to me that Mash House was able to achieve a hop flavor profile this deep and this satisfying with just Cascade and Northern Brewer.

Orange still leads the way, followed by white grapefruit, lemon and evergreen. There is nothing that I would change about the flavor profile and I don't say that too often. The hoppy bitterness is more than aggressive enough to satisfy the most die-hard hophead, yet it's countered by enough malt that it isn't a tongue wrecker. Supremely sessionable as long as you don't plan on using your taste buds for the following 24 hours or so.

The body, while not huge, is perfectly in keeping with the style. It's as buttery smooth as satin, is gaining a mouthfilling expansiveness as I drink and is allowing those beautiful hop resins to settle onto my taste buds and get comfortable. That's all I ask. The more I drink, the more I love the creamy solidity of the mouthfeel.

I've been trying to acquire Mash House Hoppy Hour IPA for quite a while now (thanks hopsaplenty) and am thrilled that it's lived up to its reputation and then some. There aren't many IPAs--make that beer of any style--that are superior to this one in terms of sheer, delicious drinkability. I hope those of you who have easy access know just how fortunate you are. Damn good beer.

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

A GABF silver medal winner and it shows. It's a very balanced IPA. It's got the great west coast hoppy flavor without overwhelming the drinker. Although I really love the over the top hoppy IPAs, it's really nice to see a very drinkable one produced.

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