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 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 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 Enola
4.38/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

An exceptionlly good beer. Poured out with a fairly thick head. The coloar is a cloudy, reddish orange. The smell is, of course, of hops with some sweetness thrown in. The taste is of bushels of hops. This baby is bitter! The mouthfell is suprisingly smooth for a hopped up beer. The drinkability? Lets just say that if I had more in the fridge they would be in constant danger. They would not be there long. Will I try it again? Oh yeah.

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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 RedwoodGeorge
4.16/5  rDev +4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another excellent Low ABV IPA from the South... I'm beginning to rethink the need for higher gravity for beers to be higher quality.

I'm glad I open my beer near the sink because this one was a gusher! A pop of the cap and we had an instant torrent of foam. Surprisingly there was still plenty of CO2 left for the beer - I'm not sure if this was extremely overcarbonated or if it's a bottle conditioned brew with a very, very happy yeast.

The beer pours a deep cloudy orange with a huge chunky sticky lumpy massive glutenous tan head towering menacingly over the lip of the glass. Lacing all up and down the glass, both inside and out and more lacing on the sink and kitchen window. This sure looked like a cappuccino with a huge dollop of whipped cream on top. The only reason I rated appearance a '5' was because there isn't a '6'

Smell was very inviting - lots of strong hop notes: pine, citrus and floral were all evident and abundant. Taste is equally good - lots and lots of juicy hops with lots of citrus flavors and a pretty distinct herbal / spicy note as well. Not quite the malt body to balance out the hopping but this is, after all, named "Hoppy Hour"

Mouthfeel was surprisingly good. Considering the amount of gas lost in the original gushing and the huge overflowing head, I was expecting a flat brew but this was anything but flat. Plenty of carbonation to keep each sip light, plenty of hops to dry out each finish. It does, however, strip off a thin coat of enamel from your teeth - some people consider that a mark of distinction, some think it's a bad thing... I'd be really surprised if this mass produced beer was bottle conditioned but it sure has that velvety feel on the tongue.

This is a very drinkable brew once you can get it to stay in the glass. About the only thing I could complain about is the label; the rather cartoony drawings don't really give any suggestion that there's a very serious beer inside. I think this is excellent proof that you don't need to have a high ABV to be a good IPA - and the 5.9% just means you can drink more of these in one sitting!

[Thanks to mntlover for this surprisingly good IPA]

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Photo of MuddyFeet
4.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle on a recent trip to RDU. When I poured it a thick head quickly formed and the beer appeared fizzy. However, the head vanished and the fizz become a much more normal carbonation. Te color was a few shades orange and awfully cloudy. The hops were quite nice in the aroma. They come through great in the flavor. Enwrapped around it all is a nice malt backbone that helps pull this beer together. Also picking up some mandarin oranges and a fairly potent floral bouquet. Fairly light in body but the flavor is broad enough to help give this beer enough heft that you take your time drinking this beer.

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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 weeare138
3.98/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a deep amber with solid, plentiful carbonation bubbles rising. There is a 3 finger dense white head that lasts. Lots of huge, sticky lacing is left behind.
Smell is of biscuits, sugary malt, grapefruit, and light pine with great balance.
The taste is that of a great drinking IPA with all the above mentioned aromas and a slight earthy note. Decent balance helps this brew a ton.
Mouthfeel is balanced with citrus lasting throughout. There is almost like a fresh cilantro taste that lingers in the mouth.
Drinkability is decent and enjoyable.

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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 KoG
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle courtesy of hoppedup in BIF 21.

Solid amber body with a slight chill haze. Foamed like crazy when poured creating a huge head that settled slowly and eventually let me pour the rest in. Off-white/tan thick head leaves chunky lacing and doesn't go away.

Smell has a slight funk similar to a saison but it is barely detectable over teh rich malt and citric as well as floral hop aromas.

Tastes well balanced with a less than expected bitterness from something called "Hoppy Hour." The hop flavor however is very present and matches with the sweet malt very nicely and even finishes without a heavy bitterness. Slightly citric and very tasty.

Finishes a bit dry but goes down super smooth, another good NC brew I will have to seek out if I'm out that way in the future.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 AlexJ
4.41/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Huge props to hoppedup Dale for hand delivering a sixer, logo pint glass, and growler from NC's Mash House.

It pours a lightly hazy, yet radient honey amber orange color. Three inches of off-white head explode towards space, settling about a half inch above the rim of my pint glass. It settles a bit, revealing what looks like jagged peaks of rock stiffer than Cool Whip. This is one of the most impressive heads I've seen in all my years of beerdom, earning it a 5 in appearance.

The aromas are equally as impressive. Loads of sweet citrus, jasmine flower, and hoppy spice. Strangely, it has a distinct Belgian Wit bouquet as well. Corriander, citrus rind, and spice. Not what you typically find in an IPA, interesting.

The flavor beging with juicy orange and tangerine hops balanced by a honey malt sweetness. Throw in pink bubblegum, teaberry, soft florals, and there it is...Belgian Wit goodness. I swear, there is a definate Wit quality to this beer. There's an excellent level of malt balance to this beer. A big, mouth-coating blast of sappy hops seals the deal, leaving a numbing tingle on my palate for quite some time. This is one damn fine, and uniquely defferent IPA!

It is medium in body and smooth. The only possible flaw is the excessive carbonation. I let it sit for about 20 minutes prior to consumption. Overall, a killer IPA worth seeking out. Thanks Hoppedup!

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