Dank & Sticky IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)
The Hop Concept Brewing

Dank & Sticky IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)Dank & Sticky IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)
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The Hop Concept Brewing
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #674
Ranked #3,030
4.2 | pDev: 7.38%
Feb 05, 2023
Feb 12, 2015
Dank & Sticky IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)Dank & Sticky IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)
Notes: Released in Feb 2015. Dank & Sticky, India Pale Ale

Our inaugural release boasts aromas of citrus, and dank, resinous pine. As the flavor opens, huge notes of stonefruit and dank resin give way to a juicy malt backbone and drying hop bitterness on the finish.
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Reviewed by gatornation from Florida

4.02/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dense hazy copper color wir=th nice lacing and head. Smell id fruity dank malty and hoppy .Citrus hops with melon,berries and pine sap. Taste has malt pine citrus and finishes with nice bitterness
Feb 05, 2023
Rated: 3.88 by HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

Aug 12, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by petewheeler from Maryland

Jul 31, 2022
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Reviewed by cjeep from Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Definitely a worthy offering deserving your attention.
L: drinking from the can. Old school simple
S: classic hops, pine, bitter citrus. Nice
T: delivers on the nose. Doing it dank old school
F: smooth and rich
O: winning!
Jun 10, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by arini10 from Oregon

Jun 06, 2022
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Reviewed by leaddog from Canada (AB)

4.38/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Appearance - Pours a amber copper with two fingers of frothy white head.

Smell - piney, citrus, leafy, floral, and earthy hops, pine resin, spruce tips, grapefruit and citrus peel, caramel, bready malts, and earthy yeast.

Taste - bold piney, citrus, leafy, floral, and earthy hops upfront. The pine resin and spruce tips come through with a punch next. The grapefruit and citrus peel alongside the caramel, bready malts, and earthy yeast round out the brew.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Finishes sticky with the hops, pine resin, spruce tips, and grapefruit linger.

Overall - Another true West Coast IPA. I like how complex this beer is even with the surprise of the spruce tips. This one certainly lives up to its name.
May 22, 2022
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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

3.69/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
head disappears almost immediatel, no lacing. no haze. amber color. faint pine on nose. resinous/ pine flavor but triggers a really objectionable phlem production. one and done. not impressed
May 14, 2022
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Reviewed by TooManyGlasses from Canada (AB)

4.29/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a crystal clear bronze amber colour with a finger of fine bubbly slightly tawny off white head.
Malt forward nose - grainy caramel malt, a bit floral and perhaps even slightly fruity with some wet pine in back.
Palate is initially struck by sweet and grainy caramel malt but then the explosion of hops simply takes over with flavours of grapefruit peel, piney resin, weedy dankness, floral notes and an unabashed bitterness.
Slightly boozy medium full mouthfeel - moderate carbonation with a sweet and dank but powerfully bitter finish.
Smack you in the face good.
Apr 07, 2022
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Reviewed by colts9016 from Idaho

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Review 1623
Dank and Sticky
The Hop Concept
Date: July 2021
42 degrees is the temperature, and I served it in a tulip glass. The pour created a massive two-fingered creamy and foamy off-white head. The retention is above average and left gobs of lacing on the glass. The color charts around SRM 8, dark golden yellow, with amber hues. The clarity is clear, with some carbonation bubbles lurking.

The aromas are grapefruit, orange, dankness, wet basement, fresh-cut grass, bready, malty sweetness, pine resin, leather, and earthiness. This beer has a unique nose; I do not recall another IPA with these unusual characters.

I taste floral esters, danky basement, weed, fresh-cut grass, malty sweetness, toasted bread, pine resin, orange, grapefruit, and bay leaves.

The mouthfeel is sticky, slick, dry, and astringent,

The body is medium-plus, medium carbonation, and has a lasting finish.

I have never consumed a beer from this brewery. This IPA is distinct yet unique. I was unsure whether I liked it or not. The more I sipped, the more I started to enjoy the beer. It is still fresh but seriously danky and delicious.
Sep 18, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by shigg85 from Japan

Sep 03, 2021
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Reviewed by StJamesGate from New York

4.25/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Leggy ecru foam over glowing dark orange; candied orange rind, pine resin + a speck of honey on the nose; caramel, orange hard candy, hop greenery, evergreen needle, pine sap, dank + a salty, bitter end; round, smooth, chewy.

Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Comet, CTZ, Eureka, Mosaic, Simcoe

4.25 x 5

Big, proper West Coast IPA - style points straight off from us purists.
Supported by a solid crystal backbone, there are all the good layers of classic C hops - a musty, pine forest floor earthiness that shifts into a vibrant, almost menthol oiliness.
You even get specks of Eureka pear + Mosaic melon if you look for them.

A dense, intense, satisfying DIPA.
Aug 25, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by sdjkp from Connecticut

May 29, 2021
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Reviewed by highdesertdrinker from Arizona

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours a rich, sparkly gold with a little head. It reeks of pine, citrus, and alcohol. The taste is bitter, herbal, citrus , dry, but balanced with a decent amount of malt I like it, reminds me a little of Double Jack but definitely more weedy. A notch below the best but a good beer and glad I have another pint left, cheers!
May 02, 2021
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Reviewed by eppCOS from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
L - see through, golden pine west coast classic, promising. Decent head at first, little lacing.
S - Disappointing, considering the hop mix. No dank? OK, isn't that your name? Not even resinous (yes, it is fresh).
T - Huh, a mouthful of malty hops, old school AF. It's reeeeaaaallllyy trying to be Pliny the Elder, but failing. Not well brewed if they are going for "dank and sticky" (it is neither). It's smooth. But... meh.
F - Ok on carbonation, and again, it's smooth and you won't necessarily know about that 8.5% until it's too late.... while you're muttering, I could have just bought Pliny.
O - Pretty disappointing. Won't buy again, just too malty and not at all fitting with the name of the beer.
Apr 25, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by Bruno74200 from France

Sep 29, 2020
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Reviewed by rex_4539 from Greece

4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5
L: Hazy amber color, half finger white head, excellent thin lacing, light carbonation.

S: Hops, piney notes.

T: Hoppy, piney, malty, bitter. A true West Coast IPA.

F: Full bodied, tons of hop flavors. Wow!

O: One of the best West Coast IPAs I ever tasted. World class.
Sep 13, 2020
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: The liquid is amber colored with just a hint of haze; a finger's worth of foam caps, leaving spots of lacing

Smell: Smells like a pine forest after an April shower

Taste: Dank, from the outset, with a bready base upon which the piney flavors emerge; medium to high bitterness with just a hint of stone fruit

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not so sticky but plenty dank
Jul 06, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured out of a pint can into a clear pint glass. There's almost no head and this beer has warmed to near room temperature. There is a very pleasant hop aroma around the glass. The hop taste is on the earthy side and lingers toward bitter (a good thing). The mouth feel is pretty smooth for 8.5% ABV, which is only slightly noticeable. The dank is there. Missing is the sticky part. Absolutely no glass lace here and nothing but hops for the tongue.
Jul 02, 2020
Rated: 4.47 by GClarkage from California

May 22, 2020
Rated: 4.15 by Jdells09 from New Jersey

May 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Lobina from Arizona

4.31/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Loved the look and especially the aroma. Easy drinking for a 8.5% and in my opinion an above average brew. From a 16 oz can into my favorite Three Mile Brewing glass. Definitely worth a try.
May 14, 2020
Rated: 4.21 by AWA from California

May 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Mister_Faucher from Washington

3.99/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
16oz can poured in to a nonic glass, freshness dating is hard to read but it looks like 07/31/2020.

Look- Clear dark amber color. Modest off-white head that slowly recedes to a thin cap, lots of sticky lacing. moderate carbonation streams visible.

Smell- Heavy caramel malt, dank, pithy citrus (grapefruit and lemon), resinous pine, faint berries and mango, other earthy/grassy hop notes.

Taste- Similar to the aroma. Pithy citrus, resinous pine, sweet malts and a bit of fruitiness with an aggressive lingering hoppy bitter finish. Pretty well balanced.

Feel- Medium bodied, dry and crisp. Medium carbonation on the tongue.

O- A pretty text book rendition of an old school WC DIPA. Well executed but nothing overly spectacular.
Apr 25, 2020
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Reviewed by mickyge from Massachusetts

4.13/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
can dated best by 6/24/20
aggressive pour yield fluffy thick head appearance is clear amber
aroma is musky and stone fruit
taste is resinous and pine finishing to a malty sticky dry bite.
medium carbonation and a resinous sticky feel.
can lists 8 hops and 8.5 abv
overall pretty easy drinking and different tasting.
Apr 11, 2020
Rated: 4.19 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Feb 02, 2020
Rated: 4.05 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Oct 31, 2019
Rated: 3.93 by HaoleBoy from California

Sep 15, 2019
Rated: 4.26 by DB28 from California

Sep 05, 2019
Rated: 4 by kjkinsey from Texas

Sep 05, 2019
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Reviewed by bobv from Vermont

4.11/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
16 oz. can.
"Freshest by 10/02/2019."
Moderate to vigorous pour yields a nearly one inch white head over golden (state?) body with some sticky lacing. Nose of slight pine and even slighter citrus. Taste is in your face, across your tongue, and down your throat pine, pine sap, pine resin, and slight stone fruit. Quite intense, and maybe too much for the soft and juicy hopheads from here in the east; but for what it is, it's fine by me! Nice feel and overall, I'm happy that this was finally distro'd here in Vermont this week. Cheers!
Aug 03, 2019
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.53/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Let's see if it lives up to its name... yup. Dank dank dank. Pours a caramel tinged tan from the can. The aroma reminds me of sticky trees and resiny orange peels. Tastes like a dank explosion, with a malty backing to match. Dank and sticky indeed.
Jun 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Oh_Dark_Star from Washington

4.35/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Finally a successful return to West Coast Pine-dom! This is sticky, dank, and piney as advertised. Long lingering head, smells terrific. Best aspect is that it is not overbearing for the ABV. Only complaint is the long lasting bitter bite on the whole tongue - it's crazy haha
Jun 02, 2019
Rated: 3.98 by Rilesmiles from Wisconsin

Jun 01, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by epercuoco from Minnesota

May 18, 2019
Rated: 4.31 by Ddresher from Massachusetts

May 12, 2019
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Reviewed by TrojanRB from Texas

4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25
Pours an orange gold and a finger of white head that didn’t leave lacing

Nose is musty, dank citrus and pine

Taste is citrus and pine, a little pepper spice in the finish

Slightly oily, almost a DIPA feel
May 04, 2019
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Reviewed by beergoot from Colorado

4.22/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Golden orange body; a bazillion small, gently rising carbonation bubbles; dense and creamy head. Smell exudes pine and dank herb. Light cereal grain base with a pungent hop bitterness; zesty and spicy; some faint alcohol notes. Medium body; crisp and prickly on the palate; some sugary stickiness; gentle booze heat and overall dryness.

This is a very well done double/imperial IPA (the brewery's web site only lists it as an IPA, but the ABV indicates otherwise). The can lists seven hop varietals used (Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Comet, CTZ, Eureka, Mosaic, and Simcoe). I also note that the brewery indicates this beer is released in February (I don't see any dating on the can), so if this is true and despite the relative age, the hop character remains strong and potent. I can only imagine what a fresh version may do to treat the senses!
Apr 26, 2019
Rated: 3.89 by travolta from California

Apr 26, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by Manthon from Pennsylvania

Apr 21, 2019
Rated: 4.23 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania

Apr 20, 2019
Dank & Sticky IPA (The Hop Freshener Series) from The Hop Concept Brewing
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