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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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #277
Ranked #1,626
4.21 | pDev: 7.36%
The Hop Concept Brewing
California, United States
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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Photo of bobv
4.11/5  rDev -2.4%
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!

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Photo of elNopalero
4.53/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of Oh_Dark_Star
4.35/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of TrojanRB
4.19/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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Photo of beergoot
4.22/5  rDev +0.2%
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!

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - Medium to dark orange copper color with nice clarity and sticky bright white lacing with some legs on the sides of the glass.

S - Dank and juicy citrus aroma, sticky pine, and some moderate peppery fruit rind spiciness.

T - Dank, peppery citrus rind along with sticky and resiny pine throughout before ending with a balanced but potently resiny and balanced bitterness. Lingering pine resin is strong.

M - Thick and full bodied, coats the mouth with a prominent layer of hoppy goodness, while creating a cotton-like sensation.

O - It's been tough to find fresh cans of this locally, I finally did and it was well worth the wait. A recommended D-IPA.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.06/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Copper filtered with little carbonation and a finger of off white head.

Smells really dank, citrusy, and floral hoppy with hints of pineapple.

The taste is very dank and floral, slightly sweet, and finishes with a big and dull bitterness.

Medium body with little carbonation, and a slightly sticky finish.

Got in Sacramento a week ago,drinking in Redding Sept 11th, 2018. Excellent brew.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the commander of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has an orange color with a 1 inch head. Smell is of citrus, a touch of malts. Taste is dank, citrus, light pine and malts, not as bitter as I expected. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of arizcards
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked up a April 2018 release bomber from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 5-28-18 for $6.99. No bottling date visible; cold stored since purchase.

Beer poured golden with a very nice white head that is leaving lacing behind.

Nose is wonderful, fresh citrus and dankness abounds.

Taste starts with a nice grapefruit hop over a pretty substantial malt base. The finish slams the pallette with a huge pine resin. Definitely old school! The resin totally coats the pallette.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and pretty refreshing.

Overall the initial sips totally reminded me of Pliny. The finish though is pretty abrasive. Overall i thouroughly enjoyed this!

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Photo of Sludgeman
3.85/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a can. Best before 10/27/18. Poured into a chalice.

I was expected more but was underwhelmed by this beer. 3.75

A - Pours a nice clear yellow amber with a small white head. Average carbonation. 4.25

S - This is where the beer failed. Clean with minor pine and grass notes. Frankly TOO clean. Maybe I've been spoiled, but the aromas were almost absent. Definitely not dank and definitely not sticky. 3.5

T - Pine and grass but not the malty backbone advertised. The slightly high ABV is well hidden. 4.0

MF - Medium light bodied. Actually light for a double IPA that calls itself dank and sticky. Definitely a dry finish. 4.0

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Photo of TheSixthRing
4.18/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Canned best before date 09/19/18

Appearance - Pours with a faint haze, golden orange in color with an off-white, frothy two-finger width head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds that thicken up around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Fresh leaf and evergreen character with accompanying lesser citrus. Fair floral notes as well.

Taste - Follows the nose. Clean, green notes with lesser citrus. Hints of apricot emerge and then liven up as the brew warms. Clean, balanced finish with citrus, fresh leafy green and apricot lingering in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-bodied with moderate, lightly tingly carbonation. Slick, easy drinker with a crisp, slightly dry finish.

Overall - Clean, fresh tasting IPA that drinks smoothly and finishes with a nice balance. Thanks to my dude Corey who sent this to me. Though we get it locally I never pulled the trigger and purchased it. That will happen now on occasion.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.69/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Can from The Beermongers, best by Sept 2018.

A clear copper with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing, this looks solid. The nose is not particularly dank, but it is a little sticky and spicy, with herb, a moderate spice note and some citrus and pine. The palate opens pungently hoppy, with the spice on the first sip taking me by surprise. Wispy spice, not unlike a transient hit of horseradish and pepper, is present. A blend of citrus, mint and stonefruit is present. A moderately sweet palate is present as well, juicy and mildly caramel like. Mildly boozy on the finish, there's a lingering pine and sticky weed like character. Decent.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 9/20/2018. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy deep golden amber color with a 2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Thick foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big grapefruit, orange, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, mint, wood, green pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big grapefruit, orange, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, mint, wood, green pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, light caramel, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Good sized pine, citrus rind, herbal, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, orange, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, papaya, mango, melon, berry, citrus peel/rind, mint, wood, green pepper, pine, honey, toasted biscuit, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance; and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Light-moderate increasing dryness from bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and sticky/resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Mildly increasing warmth of 8.5%. Overall this is an awesome DIPA! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/earthy hops and bready malt flavors; very smooth and easy to drink; despite the aggressively bitter/resinous/drying finish. This is definitely for pine forest lovers only! 5 Classic C hops(Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Comet, CTZ); plus Mosaic, Eureka, and Simcoe. Extremely dank, vibrant, earthy, and fairly juicy hop complexity; nice malty backbone, with minimal residual sweetness from lingering dryness. A really enjoyable offering, loved the hop profile as expected.

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Photo of Psilo
4.31/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours deep golden with two fingers of dense white foam which reduce to a lasting cap. Sticky lacing.

Smells of pine resin and marijuana. Some fruitiness.

Taste is very resinous. Dank and sticky, indeed. Caramel malt adds to the overall sweetness.

Smooth mouthfeel, almost creamy. Long-lasting bitterness on the tip of the tongue. Dry, sticky, mouth-coating, and a real palate-destroyer.

Heck of an old-school WC DIPA.

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Photo of hopflyer
3.58/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Freshest by 8/10/18

Light orange with fine particles in suspension.

Melon, cantaloupe and cereal malt. Little to no pine or weed.

Taste is similar but some pine flavor is there too. Some bitterness as it warms as well as more malts.

Medium bodied, lower side of medium carb. A bit syrupy and mouth coating. Lingering bitterness. No alcohol or heat.

Probably at least 4 months old assuming a 6 month freshest by date but not sure. Not as advertised but not too bad either.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.45/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I had seen this beer (& its seasonal mates) in bottles, but I simply have better things to do with my beer time & space than to mess with bottles. You CAN imagine my surprise & elation when Tavour offered CANs in support of The CANQuest (tm)!

From the CAN: "Inhale. Drink Fresh."; "Hops[:] Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Comet, CTZ, Eureka, Mosaic, Simcoe"; "Flavor that's right on the nose."; "The inaugural beer of The Hop Concept brand, this IPA boasts aromas of citrus and dank, resinous pine. As the flavor opens, huge notes of stonefruit and dank resin give way to a malty backbone and drying hop bitterness on the finish."; "The Hop Freshener Series centers aromatic and flavorful IPAs, with each designed to showcase specific characteristics. Honest, hoppy beers, from the same team of lifelong brewers behind The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing Co."

I Crack!ed the vent open & then kept a tight rein on my excitement as I began a slow, gentle Glug into the awaiting glass. Unbidden, it quickly formed two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, tawny head with very good retention that slowly fell, leaving great lacing in its wake. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-quality clarity, calling forth The Gelt Gang of Midas, Croesus & Mammon for a taste. Nose was indeed "Dank" & mirrored air freshener on the CAN's label! The room smelled like I had opened a baggie with my old dealer, Miguel, as he would de-stem & de-seed up to a pound at a time. Ah, youth. I lifted the glass to my nose for a whiff & was rewarded with a blast of resinous pine that seared my nostrils and flooded my sinuses. This was immediately followed by a rush of grapefruit & suddenly, I was on my knees, grateful for the return of the type of DIPA that I have come to expect in the style & have recently been highly disappointed. I even smelled Simcoe the Kitty doing her catty business in the background! Oooh, what a behavior problem she is! Mouthfeel was medium, light for this style. The flavor was like a jackhammer on my tongue, attacking on the left flank with pine resin and on the right flank with grapefruit as Simcoe purred in amusement. Bad kitty! I was a little surprised by a sudden caramel malt appearance since a little CAN go a long way. I prefer a dryer malt base, but that would be rating to taste, not to style & I might get reported to the BA Police. 8=( The caramel taste was short lived as the hop bitterness came roaring back on the finish, leaving me parched and ready for another sip. Phew! I have been railing against tropical/hazebro AIPAs & DIPAs lately & this was just what the doctor ordered. Thank you to both Tavour & The Hop Project for renewing my faith.

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Photo of meatyard
3.47/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Freshest by 8/10/18. What is it, 3, 6, 9 months old? To hell with “best by” dating. This lacked any hops, not dank or sticky. Use canned on or get bad reviews. This was poor.

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Photo of SawDog505
4.44/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[IMG] Another thanks @2beerdogs for this really nice brew and will review it this time. Pours a very attractive mildly hazy orange with a 2 finger sticky white head that leaves plenty of stick thin lace as it slowly settles. 4.5

Smell is bold papaya, marijuana, tangerine, pine resin, and some fresh grapefruit rind. 4.25

Taste follows fairly dank weed, papaya, orange, pine, and a healthy dose of grapefruit assaults your palate. 4.5

Mouthfeel is big, moderate life with a slight creamyness to it, a little dry, and at 8.5% ABV I personally am getting on it without any issues. 4.5

Overall I still love an old school WCDIPA and this certainly is one, with some East Coast influence. Excellent beer. 4.5

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Photo of BayAreaJoe
4.29/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not lying with the name. Poured slightly hazy honey with a nice head that left good lacing.

Aroma is the best part, very full and strong - thick danky, resinous notes but balanced perfectly with equally substantial bright citrus. The more I smell, the more I love.

Taste has less fruit balance, this is about danky, pine, and resinous hop notes.

Feel is medium, alcohol masked nicely, good carbonation, bitterness is pretty strong and solid and lingers a bit.

Overall, very solid West Coast DIPA. Lives up to the billing. Haven't seen much from Hop Concept around before but I'll certainly be looking now.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
4.1/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hella dank and piney like Sara Sampaio roaming around a redwood forest, I am feeling this one. There is deep resin like your grandmama’s secret stash of glaucoma medicine - and it’s hella sticky to boot.

This one is Raul recommended!

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Photo of monkist
4.89/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Dank and sticky! What an appropriate, telling name! And what a concept! The Hop Concept was founded by lifeling members of Port Brewing, a brewery that I love for its outstanding, unforgettable beer. The Hop Concept does just the same: make liquid history.
I love the way this IPA looks: rich, reddish golden amber. Pours already quite sticky, almost syrupy and there you go, you suddenly find yourself surrounded by citrusy piney hops in your nose.
And it is really dank, resinous pine! It is amazing, like drinking the resin of grown hops that grew into trees, you get that piney bitterness along with the grassy citruses. It is just great, perfectly balamced, starts with the citrus fruits that turn into resinous pine and in the end it leaves a dry, sticky, bitter finish. A perfect amalgam of hops, producing a taste effect-experience, a progress on your taste buds.
This is the second from the Hop Concept and here I am, praising them already! These beers are masterpieces, they speak for themselves. These are magnificent tributes to the glory of American hops and brewing mastery!

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
4.17/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Tasted in a Spiegelau IPA glass from a 1 pint 6 fl oz bottle on February 26, 2017. Look is hazy peach gold with a thick off-white head and sticky lacing. Smell is citrus, floral and pine. Taste is juicy citrus, stone fruit, hop resin and bread malts. Feel is medium plus in body that is initially creamy then finishes dry and bitter.

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Photo of Thomguzow
4.85/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This intense IPA pours a clear straw color that tops off with a foamy white head. It slowly dissipates to a settle soapy cap.

The aroma is dank and filled with rich resinous notes. It's similar to marijuana and pine.

The first hit on the palate shows off its thick, resinous notes. It quickly finishes with a lasting bitterness. Despite it's alcohol content, it is smooth!

If you love rich, herbal and dank IPAs, those one is for you! It meets the name right on and will not let you down.

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Photo of mactrail
3.38/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Clear amber with long-lasting white foam in the chalice. Lemony scent. Long nose of citrus. Fairly malty with a medium body. Maybe a touch of peach before the hops get loose.

Tastes like candied fruit with an unaccountable bitter bite. Dark and woody, burnt herbs. Bitter, resiny aftertaste. Strictly for the hop obsessionist. From the 22 oz bottle purchased at Barons Market.

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Photo of brewaddict
4.21/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Reviewed on 2/25/16 from notes:
2016 bottle
L - Pours a golden color with a slight haze two fingers cream head
S - I get lots of citrus and pine a little malty sweetness
T - Dank is right. Bitter up front and bitter in the back. Slight sweetness in the finish
F - Medium body not really sticky
O - Solid heavy hopped IPA

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