Hop Hash
SweetWater Brewing Company

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Style:
American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,903
ABV:
7.8%
Score:
90
Ranked #5,074
Avg:
4.04 | pDev: 9.16%
Reviews:
147
Ratings:
1,075
From:
SweetWater Brewing Company
 
Georgia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  67
Gots
  424
SCORE
90
Outstanding
Notes: We scraped all the HASH out of the Yakima hop pelletizers that we could get our sticky fingers on to concoct the dankest double IPA out there. The pure hop lupulin, AKA “HASH” (the resiny stuff!), meshes seamlessly with the 2-row, pilsner and wheat malts, allowing it to deliver a pungent punch to the palate.

100 IBU
Reviews: 147 | Ratings: 1,075 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of hman43
3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look: It pours clean and golden with a white head. Head retention is excellent.

Smell: It has a strong citrus aroma with a bit of lemon that is almost candy like. There is also a hint of a flowery quality to it as well.

Taste: It has citrus flavor with a candy like lemon quality. There is a very low bread quality to it as well.

Feel: It has a medium light body with medium hop bitterness.

Overall, it is very easy drinking and light on the palate.

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hman43 from North Carolina, Apr 08, 2020
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4.16/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with moderate head. A pine and citrus scent that translates to the taste with a fruity finish. Light mouthfeel and a piney citrus smooth finish. Outstanding brew!

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Buckeye55 from North Carolina, Dec 14, 2019
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3.35/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Poured a clear honey with frothy white head. Notes of citrus and pine in aroma. Taste followed the nose. Light with dry finish. Good summer beer. My friends and I always load up on these for after our obstacle course races.

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SoccerSeuss from Virginia, Jun 08, 2019
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3.98/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a pale hazy Amber with greenish hues and a frothy white head that leaves a trail of lace.

Smells of citrus, pine, and fresh green herbal hops with some earthy undertones.

Taste is a nice pine citrus punch with a slight hit of peach and toasted malt mellowing to green herbal notes finishes dry.

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Chickenhawk9932 from Pennsylvania, Jan 26, 2019
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A-Pours a clear amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had pleasant piney and citrus hints
T-The taste follows the nose with piney and citrus flavors
M-A medium bodied moderately carbonated beer
O-A good summer IPA

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VABA from Virginia, Sep 08, 2018
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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly clear (just a hint of haze) amber gold, with excellent rocky head and fine lacing.

Citrus fruit (ruby red grapefruit) and tropical fruit (mango/pineapple) swirl around with some pretty strong but balanced hop aromas that are true to the name.

The flavor is well-balanced between a nice fruity/honey malt base and the aforementioned hoppy punch.

The mouthfeel is a shade thinner than expected, but still well-carbonated, crisp, light and bracing. Very drinkable.

Overall, a very nice IPA.

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Mindcrime1000 from South Dakota, Mar 20, 2018
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4.17/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle onto a pint glass, this beer is a mainly clear, medium golden color with a nice white head that's about 2/3 of an inch thick when first poured that settles to a thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with decent lacing. Aromas of biscuity malts with some hints of caramel and dank, resinous piney and slightly citrusy hops. The taste is pretty much the same, with biscuity malts with slight caramel sweetness that gives way to big earthy and citrusy hop that give a somewhat astringent but not overly bitter hopmflavor. Has a fairly crisp, yet smooth, slightly sticky, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a slightly dry finish and aftertaste and the hop flavors also like to linger on the palate after each sip. A good beer here.

Eric

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Photo of Hergestridge
4.56/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Found this beer when I was in Atlanta on Business. Excellent .. Excellent.. and kinda Awesome!!!
Your senses come alive when you open and pour the golden goodness a nice Le Baladin Beer Glass.
Tastes of citrus and slightly bitter at first but balance is evident throughout. Warning Gentle Reader. This is DEFINITELY NOT a session IPA. This Beer will FU up.. Remember --- Moderation.. :) JK .. This beer rocks!!!!
sMc
Carry On Citizens!

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Hergestridge from Illinois, Aug 18, 2017
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4.06/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with a best by date of 12.21.16. Oops - this one is 3 months late.

L - Copper gold - with 1 finger of head and some nice lacing left all over the top of the brew and the glass. Gorgeous DIPA

S - Big hop aroma - Citrus and pine.

T - Juicy and citrus flavors. Very dank. Nice piny finish

F - Well carbonated and medium body. Sizzles the tongue. Very nice

O - A tasty DIPA, but fairly average given all the great ones being brewed these days

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BeerDawgs from Georgia, Mar 31, 2017
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3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Reviewed from (long-standing) notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Fat Head's pint glass.

A: Hazy gold, a low amount of visible carbonation, and lots of "floaters" in suspension. Forms a big three-finger white fluffy head with very good retention for hoppy beer.

S: Resin, cracker malt, and not much else. Really not a big aroma for any beer, let alone a claimed DIPA.

T: Resin and citrus hops, a clean cracker malt presence adds a moderate sweetness. Piney and naked alpha bitterness lingers with grapefruit pith in the hang.

M: This is quite full-bodied, with a creamy carbonation sensation that is a bit unusual for the style but not unpleasant. Alcohol presence is well-hidden.

O: Not terrible, not great. And not my favorite for the style by a long shot. Glad to have tried it, but likely won't be buying any more.

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Photo of MacMalt
4.04/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into IPA glass. It pours a golden-amber with a thick, soapy, milk-white head and extensive lacing with excellent retention. It has a malty aroma with whiffs of sweet tropical fruit and pine needles. The taste is decidedly fruit forward with tastes of orange, tangerine, and grapefruit, over a sweet malt base. My bottle is about 4 months old and the hops have fallen off somewhat. There is some bitterness at the finish but I suspect more when fresh. I'm also guessing that it's lost some of its dankness. It is medium-bodied, moderately carbonated, and the 7.8% ABV is just right for a DIPA. Overall, this seems like a really solid, southern-style DIPA. I'm grading on a curve since I suspect it would be a lot better fresh. Still, a nice DIPA from a quality brewer.

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MacMalt from New Jersey, Oct 30, 2016
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap late in a session. Solid hoppy IPA. Hops are dank and citrus. Lots of malt sweet to balance. Finishes well with a sweet bitter tweak. Very nice beer

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98green from Michigan, Oct 29, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Sweetwater Brewing Co. "Hop Hash Infused Double IPA"
12 fl oz. brown glass bottle, "BEST IF ENJOYED BY: 07/24/16" but not sampled until 09/14/16
$2 @ ACME, Glen Mills, PA

Having recently enjoyed sampling Sweetwater's Hash Brown Ale for the first time I thought I'd give the original "Hop Hash" ale a try. For those who are unaware, "Hop Hash" is the residue that's left over on the machinery after processing whole leaf hops into pellets - how ingenious to find a use for something that'd otherwise be discarded! Besides, what a waste that would be, letting all of those oils go to waste.

It's unfiltered, I learned that with the last one, so it's a little hazy, but I'll accept that from any really hoppy beer as dry hopping tends to do that anyway. Nice deep amber colored body beneath a rocky head of off-white that holds quite tenaciously. Decent lacing.

The aroma is floral, resinous, piney, and citrusy over that rich, grainy, and sweetish golden malt base that you often find in double IPAs.

The flavor follows suit with a solid bitterness and snap of spicy and peppery alcohol that helps to balance the beautifully grainy malt; and it's a little more citrusy with orange than the nose lets on. Really nicely balanced and very drinkable given it's solid bitterness, full hop component, and 7.8% ABV.

In the mouth it's medium bodied with a crisp, fine-bubbled carbonation that gently bristles the tongue.

Overall I find it to be a great, really drinkable double IPA, and I appreciate the "dankness" of the "hop hash" but I'm not sure you'd recognize that if they hadn't advertised it. Other double IPAs have even gone beyond what you'll find here, but that's OK by me as I prefer this less-brash version.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Sep 14, 2016
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3.45/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This bottle was dated6/15/16 so it's a bit aged. That said, here's my take:
Pour: into a pint glass, I got a nice 2 finger head which lingered an average time leaving decent but broken lace and a clear amber color.
Aroma: Probably muted due to the age but what is there is musty and spicy, a bit peppery. Not getting any florals that others have reported.
Taste: Nice light malt both bitter initial report. Not much development but what there is involved pine oil and spicy almost nutty flavor. The malt is balanced by a bitter finish which lingers on the tongue.
Feel: Corse and rutty but not in a bad way. It is billed as a DIPA after all.
Overall: Not great but not something I'd turn down. The gravity makes it a two beer max if your driving. I'll buy another sixer and try to drink it fresh to see if that improves things.

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Harleydls from Virginia, Aug 03, 2016
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4.52/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

So best by date was 5/25 on my label. This was a very good DIPA. The lacing on this baby was pretty impressive. Considering this was drank over a month after it's best by date, and is still good says something. Dank stuff here. Good job Sweetwater.

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Antg8989 from New Jersey, Jul 03, 2016
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, enjoy by date 06/15/16 printed on the label. Looks like I'm just in time for this one. Props to our distributor for sending us beer that expires in a week. Hop Hash Infused Double IPA.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Coppery burnt sienna orange on the pour; some fine sediment visible in the glass, with 2 fingers of big fluffy frothy off-white head that lingers for a while, leaving good fluffy scattered lacing. Looks very nice.

S - The aroma is still fresh & pleasant - lots of piney, resinous, dank hops - notes of pine, grass, cedar, orange, citrus zest. Bright, fresh, & floral.

T - Very unique hop flavor on this one - the hop hash definitely lends some unique flavors. Very bright, juicy, floral, zesty. Notes of orange and citrus peel. Tons of piney, sticky, resinous dank hops without being overly bitter. The 2-row, pilsner, and wheat malts are all apparent players,also - very nicely balanced stuff with no trace of the modest 7.80% abv.

M - Feel is very smooth, crisp, clean, drinkable. Good amount of piney bitterness on the finish; semi-dry. Very drinkable stuff.

Overall, a very nice 'Double IPA' from SweetWater - i was much more impressed with this than i was with their Hash Session IPA. The infused hop hash lends some unique hop flavors to this very drinkable beer.

SweetWater Hop Hash Infused Double IPA -----4/5.

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mfnmbvp from Illinois, Jun 15, 2016
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3.76/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Apperance - light orange to yellow in color, decent carbonation that formed a medium white head. Lacing was light.
Smell - floral and tropical nose, but doesn't come off strong.
Taste - follows the nose, but also has oily characteristics.
Feel - bitter yet balanced with the body of a double IPA, even though this really shouldn't be characterized as one.
Overall - a good higher end ABV, but not a true DIPA.

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Photo of Steelocation
4.02/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought a 6 pack of this in 12oz bottles. The expiration date read 6/27/2016 and the bottle number is C1644. I poured one bottle into a 12oz pint shaped glass.

Appearance: golden, lively, and foamy when poured

Smell: sweet, peppery, and a bit of herbal scent

Taste: was bitter at the end (aftertaste) but hoppy. Was well carbonated as it went down

Mouth Feel: carbonated, raw and coarse as it sat in the mouth

Overall: liked the beer because it was hoppy and not too sweet like some IPAs with high alcohol content. Since it is high in ABV, I would only want to drink 1 or 2. This is not your "all day" IPA! It's a nice beer to buy and have around the house when you need a beer to drink and sit down and relax.

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Steelocation from New York, Jun 04, 2016
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3.88/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hazy orange. Good color.
Pick up a lot of floral in the nose. Citrus fruity.
Citrusy hops flavor. Pretty high hop bitterness around my upper tolerance but, still good flavor.
Very drinkable. Good IPA. Better flavor than I expected. Fairly high ABV is hardly noticeable in the flavor. The process is cool for making the hash and bonus points for the clever themes.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Like any good Double IPA, this is brimming with hops. But this Sweetwater smelled better than it ultimately tasted. Most doubles have a fulsome quality, but this has a sharp/bighting hops aftertaste. Interesting but not worth drinking more than perhaps two in a row.

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Guppy314 from District of Columbia, May 16, 2016
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3.59/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

2016-05-08
12oz bottle served in a shaker pint at my in-laws' place. Best By date is 05/25/16.

Pours clear amber with a tiny head and not a lot of carbonation. Smell is hoppy and biscuity, overall mild (although that might be my nose).

Taste is moderately sweet and floral, resinous finish (but mild).

Mouthfeel is dry and surprisingly light. Overall, it's a pretty good IPA or a pretty mild double IPA.

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snaotheus from Washington, May 09, 2016
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3.71/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

10oz draft pour at Chuck's in Darien, Illinois is a bright, clear copper color floating a 1/4 inch whitish head. Head dissapates to a thin cover with clumpy lacing.
Resinous hop aroma with citrus/tangerine hints.
Flavor is the weakpoint. I just can't bring myself to say it's grassy. Malt seems to overpower the hops, which doesn't seem right for the style.
Mouthfeel is smooth with a subtle lingering alcohol reminder.

Overall it's drinkable, but more of a higher alcohol American ale than a double ipa, and I like it.

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GrumpyGas from Illinois, Apr 25, 2016
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4/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Central Market (Houston, TX), served in a shaker pint. Bright, clear orange tinted gold with a froth heady of white foam and lush lace. Resinous hops dominate the aroma and flavor with a malty backbone emerging in the flavor as well as peppery spice, orange peel and tropical fruit. Finishes crisp and bitter. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Balanced, drinkable and almost light for a DIPA.

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3.57/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

All around forgettable beer that I had on draft at a bar in Philadelphia. To be fair, I know that they were having trouble with their CO2 controls on the day I was there. That being said, the beer doesn't taste different than 90% of modern ipas.

It smells pretty good, with some fresh citrusy aroma. However, upon drinking it, it really just fails to deliver. Just too flat and too one-dimensional

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tkdchampxi from New Jersey, Apr 05, 2016
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3.5/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't getting the hoppy flavor I look for in my Double IPAs. In fact I'd say it to me didn't taste anything like a Double IPA. Not a bad drink, but I wouldn't buy another 6-Pack.

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Hop Hash from SweetWater Brewing Company
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 1075 ratings