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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Ratings: 112 |  Reviews: 97
Photo of StinkyMcDoodooBalls
1.13/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

This is by far the worst beer I have ever tasted. It was so bitter it would make you shudder. Does it stink? Urrgh. I tried it about 6 years ago and I will never forget its awfulness. Those of you who said you must have gotten a bad bottle, well I got 6 of them. I'm kind of thinking Mash House intended for Hoppy Hour to taste like that. Even now, I wish I had my money back. I gave it to two of my friends and they couldn't drink it. These are two guys who can drink Schafer without thinking twice about it.

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Photo of granite
2.08/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

Compliments of AkSmokedporter
12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A---Poured golden amber with large white head.

S--- Citrus hops

T--- It was oxidized, sour and had harsh bitterness.

M---Medium bodied.

D---No date on the bottle so I'm not sure if it was old, infected or poorly crafted. First beer I've poured down the drain in a very long time.

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Photo of Braudog
2.55/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Draft pint(s) at the brewpub; Copper and still and absolutely headless; the nose is just a tease of northwestern hops, but the flavor is intensely hoppy (cascade?), metallic and puckering. Not enough of a backbone to it, a bit light bodied and not enough malt foundation. (#2806, 4/21/2007)

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Photo of HardTarget
2.59/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle Inspection: Not a lot of useful information, but mentions the 4 basic ingredients. No date or abv.

Aroma: A bit sweet, almost “worty” with some floral and citric hop notes. A bit one dimensional.

Appearance: Hazy orange copper glass that poured with a very enthusiastic head (all foam actually) that stayed and started to dry before fading, leaving clumpy lace.

Flavor: Same “worty” under-attenuated sweetness with a overly firm hop that gives an acid burn. The underlying taste is fairly nice with some orange blossom and honey notes, but there isn’t enough hop flavor to balance all the hop burn.

Mouthfeel: A bit heavy, reinforcing the under attenuation aspects, carbonation is a bit high (again, extra sugars at bottling?) and a drying finish.

Overall Impression: Well, it looks pretty and has some nice flavors, but there seem to be a few problems as well. I’d recommend a more complete fermentation with a larger more vigorous pitch, possibly another yeast strain to drop the FG a bit more, later hop additions to keep the flavor and lower the alpha acids, and maybe a longer secondary to let it finish out, possibly with dry hopping then.
Afraid this one sat in my cellar a bit longer than I intended, and I’ve lost who I traded with for it. If you know who you are, please let me know for more proper thanks. This was an educational beer for me, as I brewed an IPA very much like it recently and this helps me confirm what I want to change next time.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
2.6/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle provided by AKSmokedPorter via BS-BIF

Pours a murky orange amber with a huge tan head. Took 10 minutes just to pour the entire contents of the bottle. Way overcarbonated. Very thick lacing on the glass.

Nice hoppiness in the aroma, but also quite a yeasty aroma from the overprimed bottle conditioning. Reminds me of some of my early homebrews from years ago.

Nice hop flavor and bitterness, with a very yeasty presence. Finishes with a bitter hop taste that lingers.

Nice full body and zippy mouthfeel from the abundance of carbonation.

Not impressed with this brew. Seems like it was done by a novice homebrewer. Either it's way past it's prime or this bottle was an anomaly, as it generally seems to score well.

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Photo of danadeny
2.97/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The body is very carbonated, beer exploded from the bottle when opened, kind of sucked. To no surprise it pours a huge head on an orange-yellow body. It smells of bubble gum, and kind of fruity. The flavor is of citrus hops, which overpowers any other flavors that try to be present, except for a slight acidic flavor. Mouth feel was disappointing, so much carbonation made every sip foam up in my mouth as if I were swishing seltzer water. This reflected poorly on the overall drink ability too, plus there was not much balance to the flavor. I suspect it was a bad bottle.

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Photo of mhaugo
3/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Imstillthegman
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours out cloudy amber orange with a decent off-white head. Lacing is spotty and erratic, but looks good where it is sticking.

Smells of caramel and citrus. Malts come out more than the hops.

Taste is balanced between citrus hops and the caramel malts. There is some dark fruit and wet sour flavor that seems a little out of place.

Medium body, nicely carbonated. It's a bit astringent in the aftertaste. Pretty average brew, but the label is cool looking. I am glad I got to try it, so thanks to whoever it was that sent it to me. Having a brain fart right now and can't remember who it was.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.2/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Twelve ounce brown bottle. No dates.

Cloudy medium amber. Strange brown flecks swimming around. Creamy looking thick white head sits proudly on top. Slowly collapses in on itself leaving behind some decent lace.

Floral hop aromas, with some faint graininess hidden in there.

Some sweetness & a bare touch of biscuit / raw grain. A fairly strong bitterness kicks in & takes over leaving a little bit of a burn behind as a calling card. Floral notes in the finish, along with some masked earthiness. On the thin side of medium bodied.

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
3.33/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

acquired via trade! thanks guys. I seem to be in an IPA tasting mode these days. Lots of reviews already on this one. My bottles were not overcarbonated. Looked great. Nice hoppy and medium bodied brews. The reason the taste got the score it did was the undertone of lemon / grass that didn't hit me right. Not a ton of that taste, but enough to acknowledge. Other than that a very drinkable brew.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.36/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well, I poured 1 oz of this brew into my pint glass, and it foamed up and filled up my whole glass. The beer took minutes to pour, and when it finally settled down it was a dark brown colour with tons of particulates floating about. The aroma was nice at first. Citrusy, hoppy, and a little malty. However, I also smelled some interesting Belgian aromas, in fact this brew really smelled like Hommelbier. The taste is unique as well. There is a big bolshy malt presence, and some slighly medicinal/herbal, citric hops. This is a weird tasting brew. It is very fruity, sweet, and belgian style, even though it is supposed to be a west coast style hop-fest! The mouthfeel is way to creamy and thick, this is like drinking a piece of bread, which is not what I look for in an IPA. The drinkability is decent, but this was not really an "IPA", or the beer that I expected it to be. I'm assuming that this may be a bad bottle, but it is hard for me to know for sure...

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Photo of devilben02
3.49/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Based on the fact that the Mash House is a relatively small brew-pub-scale brewery, combined with the odd case that there are only a handful of IPAs made in North Carolina that are even respectable, my expectations for this one were moderate at best. It makes a good first impression, though, with a cloudy amber/copper color, and a thin but sticky head. The aroma is a potent combination of pine and earth that isn't going to blow anyone away, but it continues to exceed my expectations. The flavor likewise impresses, with an earthy hop character throughout that is bitingly bitter. It's not wonderful or exciting, but it is at least as good as many average IPAs. A tingly carbonation cuts through the dense, unctuous texture. Overall, I wouldn't call this one a great IPA, but it does a lot right and easily clears the admittedly low bar I had set for it.

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Photo of Kappakoosh
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of BGsWo22
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of aksmokedporter. Thanx!
The beer is chilled and I pour into a pint galss. The beer pours slightly hazy copper with a fluffy eggshell white colored head of 2 cm foaming up and fading slowly, developing large craters as it recedes.
Aroma is citrusy grapefruit with some pine needles mixed in.
First sip reveals a liter body than expected and fine tingly carbonation.
Flavor is mild up front with a hint of caramel that is quickly overtaken by hops with some orange and grapefruit coming out and a lingering bitter finish. A nice beer but I wish the malt was more robust to balance the hops. By no means overwhelmingly hoppy, but a little one dimensional.

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Photo of DaveONan
3.5/5  rDev -12.5%

Photo of Graebner
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours an orange rust brown with no head and only minor noticable carbonation.

Smells very bready with some pine, some pineapple, floral hints, ester hints, and some alcohol.

Tastes of...fish...very briefly, then on to some lovely sourdough bready malt and floral hops flavors. Bits of butter flavor as well, probably the diacetyl talking. Quite bitter; Hoppy Hour is an appropriate name. I like a lot of hops, so this isn't a bad thing for me, though this beer is slightly out of balance; the hops and alcohol are quite overpowering, and this beer is not as smooth as it could be.

Mouthfeel, again, not as smooth as it could be. The carbonation is out of balance; too much of it. Otherwise it has a pleasant feel to it, the hops clean off the tongue nicely and the beer finishes cleanly.

This is quite drinkable, you could certainly session it, and it is reasonably refreshing considering the style. I probably won't be buying it again when there's Sierra Nevada Pale for a buck less. Still, not bad.

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Photo of counselor
3.58/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a golden copper with a firm rocky white head. Looks inviting. The aromas are very grapefruit, lemony, and orange peel with a little hay like funk reminiscent of a belgian pale ale. This beer quaffs well with a very smooth mouthfeel and deent hop profile of grapefruit and grass/hay. Good body and tastes good. Not a wow! beer, but good for draining after some hard yardwork, etc

thanks to ninjaworm for this one a sweet trade!

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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 tavernjef
3.6/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium peach haze with one biggly big light beige top of tremendous height reaching way too far to the top of the glass before any real liquid is diplaced at the bottom. Takes a long while to fold and rockify itself to a milkshake bumped creamyness and many another pours from its simple 12oz mouth is needed before you get it all in. Crazy shelves of crunchy lace cling to the glass in ring styled layering.

Tender, mellow aroma of woodish hops that are dry and leafy. Slight grassyness and mixed unsalted nuttyness note very, very lighty as it meagers an attempt at making something more of itself at a warmer temp.

Taste is about the same. Slight roasty/toasty bready-like backing with a breeze of husked grainyness. Hops are not all that forward here, quite restrained and non-bitteredly abradingly with a middling of woodishness and brief slicing of citrus. Fades off in the finish with enough of a noticeable intent along a piney dryish realm and a slight caramel push.

Feel is close to medium, empty on the palate at times with a certain unexcited tone yet welcome tameness of wood toned hops and slight fluffy leafyness. Respectfully drier on the finish, which makes up for a the weak display otherwise.

This IPA is Ok to good, there's worse, but there's plenty better.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.67/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured on-tap at The Mash House and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a hazy, copper-bronze coloring with a white, filmy head. Nose of tangy hops, subtle caramel, and roasted notes. Flavors are resinous forward, with a blend of pine tassel, grapefruit sweetness, orange rind, pepper, and caramel. Tasty. Smooth and mid-bodied, with a great lacing left behind on the glass. The aftertaste is bitter and resinous, with a smooth, dry finish. Tasty brew.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.73/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a light golden with a good frothy head. Light graininess in the aroma, followed by some fairly restrained floral hops. The flavor shows nice balance with fairly bitter grapefruity hops and some light malt on the finish rounding out the flavors. Pleasant and refreshing mouthfeel, not grainy or sweet and medium bodied make this a nice sessionable ipa. Nice job.

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Photo of Bluescooter
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of harpus
3.75/5  rDev -6.3%

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