Hop Circus Vol. 4
Hi-Wire Brewing

Hop Circus Vol. 4Hop Circus Vol. 4
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Rye Beer
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4.08 | pDev: 10.78%
Hi-Wire Brewing
North Carolina, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Hop Circus Vol. 4Hop Circus Vol. 4
Notes: Imperial Rye India Pale Ale Brewed With Lemongrass

Our Experimental Hop Circus Series is all about showcasing the wide range of hop flavors and aromas paired with a variety of ingredients. The Objective for No. 4? Marry the subtle rustic effervescence of rye and bright candied-lemon citrus aroma from lemongrass with Citra, Mosaic and Centennial hops to create a big, drinkable citrus forward IPA with a clean, smooth finish.
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justinm4bama from Alabama

4.38/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Sep 28, 2016
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BirdsandHops from Oregon

4.07/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 27, 2016
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TonyLema1 from South Carolina

3.77/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: deep gold color, with a nice lacing white head
S: I get citrus peel
T: citrus, a residual sweetness
F: tons of upfront mouthfeel, slightly bitter finish
O: very tasty, has a smell and taste that I can't put my finger on

Oct 02, 2016
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buckyp from South Carolina

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

Nov 03, 2017
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AngusOg from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct 16, 2016
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baklo from North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oct 01, 2016
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HopsForBrains from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Sep 28, 2016
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OldManMetal from North Carolina

4.37/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This brewery-only one-off (although I just heard a rumor that they're going to make more) is the fourth installment in the Experimental Hop Circus Series. It is a moderately hazy, deep-gold IIPA that seethes with copious amounts of fine carbonation; the thin, brief-lived creamy white head leaves fair bands and ladders of lacing. The aroma is medium-big, leading with toasty malt and sweet, sweet grapefruit, which are backed by a delicious blend of sweet and more subtle perfumey florals with hints of cannabis and pineapple juice; light alcohol overtones top things off. Up front, the flavor is a slightly bitter blend of cool cucumber and cantaloupe with hints of cannabis and grassiness. Mid-palate the malt manifests as a modest bittersweet nutty character that interacts with the hop flavors in an attention-getting manner, producing a unique, quite refreshing flavor that could belong to some as-yet-undiscovered tropical tree-melon. The finish is a significant hit of this flavor and a bit of booze; the linger is a modest melony pine bitterness that lasts for a good while. Retrogustative olfaction is ultra-grassy. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and is moderately astringent; the texture is slick, medium-creamy and mildly peppery from the slightly-understated carbonation. (22 oz bottle, no code date)

Oct 07, 2016
Hop Circus Vol. 4 from Hi-Wire Brewing
Beer rating: 4.08 out of 5 with 8 ratings