Citrus & Piney IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)
The Hop Concept Brewing

Citrus & Piney IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)Citrus & Piney IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)
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The Hop Concept Brewing
California, United States
Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,816
Ranked #10,087
4.02 | pDev: 7.96%
Sep 19, 2022
Feb 13, 2015
Citrus & Piney IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)Citrus & Piney IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)
Notes: Released in May 2015. Citrus & Piney, India Pale Ale brewed with Orange Peel

Bold orange peel and honey aromas with a faint hint of bready malt define this IPA. The citrus and piney are both on full display, with tangerine and grapefruit notes that lead to a crisp spicy finish.

Hop Freshener Series centers around 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.

Hops: Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, CTZ, Simcoe.
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Rated: 4.1 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Sep 19, 2022
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Reviewed by koberlin1 from California

5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
LOVE the Hop Concept Hop Freshener series of beers including this Citrus and Piney tall boy. Contrary to the brewery name for those averse to overly hoppy/danky beers it is actually not too hoppy. It also doesn't knock you out with too much citrus and pine with a subtle nose and taste...the citrus and pine are THERE for sure...just not overpowering. A bit on the stronger side so most will feel a tall boy of this to the head a bit. Pairs well with just about anything. Drink it as cold as possible. I prefer the cans (dropped into my Yeti tall boy cooler), outta the tap is a bit less tasty....I can contest to this as we have a Lost Abbey/Hop Concept tasting room right down the street! Lucky me! Buy the Hop Freshener case at your local Costco for all 3 beers in the series. You won't be sorry!
Aug 26, 2022
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Reviewed by BillAfromSoCal from California

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Bonus points overall for a drinking experience that is almost exactly like the can description. beautiful, nearly clear, bight gold color, upon initial pour but no lacing and the head is short lived. Very clean finish, moderate body, Nice mix of citrus and malt, plus some overtones of honey, but a tad less pine than the name suggests.
Aug 23, 2022
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Reviewed by BBThunderbolt from Kiribati

2.94/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5
16oz can (no date) poured into 14oz teku. Poured a very hazy dark orange color with an inch of white head that had decent retention and very light lacing.

Citrusy hops, orange and lemon mostly, dominate the nose. No malt aspect.

Same on the tongue, but with a definite cardboard taste.

The body was decent, good carb, crisp, and smooth, with a semi-dry finish.

Drinkability was OK, but the cardboard cost it some.

Overall, not fully terrible, but not overly enjoyable either. Cannot recommend.
Dec 12, 2020
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Reviewed by brentk56 from North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a one finger head that leaves gobs of splashy lacing

Smell: Like the label says, there is a orange aroma that is pronouced but piney tones peek in; a layer of caramel malt rounds it out

Taste: A hint of caramel forward with the orange tones emerging; through the middle, dank pine tones emerge and dominate the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: No trips to the west coast in the near future for me, so this beer brings the west coast to my home
Sep 27, 2020
Rated: 3.5 by TallGuyCM from California

Jun 23, 2020
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Reviewed by dbl_delta from Pennsylvania

4.01/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Can into pint glass. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with a coarse white head. Initial impression is bitter citrus rind and pine, as advertised. Mouthfeel is medium, but dry and refreshing. Alcohol is well hidden. Finish is clean and bitter.
Definitely a West Coast DIPA, and quite well done. My first from Hop Concept, and I'm impressed.
Mar 18, 2020
Rated: 4.27 by pfhanlon from Massachusetts

Dec 05, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by Peteshabam from Pennsylvania

Nov 02, 2019
Rated: 3.94 by deereless from Colorado

Sep 28, 2019
Rated: 4.33 by markhobbs1 from California

Sep 26, 2019
Rated: 3.79 by DB28 from California

Sep 05, 2019
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Reviewed by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Stamped on the bottom of the can "freshest by 10/23/2019."
This was poured into a tulip.
The appearance had a semi-bright golden yellow color with a small degree of carbonation rising throughout. Capped by a thin sheet of white foamy head. Some messy sticky lace glossed the sides of the glass nicely.
The aroma had some bitter pine needles up front with some citrus rind and floral perfumey character balancing in the background.
The flavor tasted more like orange peel bitterness with floral hop particles playing with the citrus rind/pith-like character. Aftertaste of bitter citrus rind and floral sweetness.
The mouthfeel was between medium and full. Some good sipping quality about it. Definitely some dryness that felt nice. Good level of carbonation and finishes crisp and dry, light bitter grassiness.
Overall, an absolutely amazing West coast styled DIPA worthy of coming back to.
Aug 31, 2019
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Reviewed by brureview from Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Light semi-cloudy golden color with a 2F head in a Spielgelau IPA glass.
Excellent aroma: molasses, toffee, piney, citrus.
Resinous and carbonated MF.
The flavors really come out in the taste: resinous,pine, citrus, molasses-toffee followed by a spicy finish.
Great beer.
Aug 28, 2019
Rated: 4.37 by ajpsurf from California

Aug 25, 2019
Rated: 3.87 by BarryMFBurton from Indiana

Aug 16, 2019
Rated: 3.81 by michiganmatt from California

Jul 22, 2019
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Reviewed by brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked-up a four-pack of cans at Kappy's in Norwell for about fourteen dollars. Have had a few brews from these guys before. Very solid, nice change of pace from NEIPA.
Jul 21, 2019
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Reviewed by jwc215 from Arizona

3.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
1 Pint can:

Pours golden. A fluffy white head has good retention. Lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus, grapefruit, orange, lemon, herbal/floral notes and pine.

The taste is of pine, grapefruit, herbs, apricot, orange, tangerine. Warming alcohol. Black pepper and earthy/catty spice bite. Bitter finish.

It is medium-bodied. Slightly raw.

A nice hop profile. A hop-forward, refreshingly bitter and spicy strong IPA.
Feb 28, 2019
Rated: 5 by Kwright from North Carolina

Jan 23, 2019
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Reviewed by CarolinaCardinals from North Carolina

4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Picked up a single from the Craft Beer Hop Stop cooler 10-10-18 for $3.25. Freshest by 1-5-19, whoops. Consumed on 1-18-19.

Beer poured golden orange with a nice two finger head that has some good hang time.

Nose is bready with hints of fresh citrus.

Taste is a nice bready baseline intermingled with orange and grapefruit. Finish is a medium pine hop bite.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and both smooth and refreshing.

Overall the Hop Concept series is classic WCIPA with this one being enjoyable!
Jan 18, 2019
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Reviewed by DBosco from Massachusetts

4.46/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Pint can, Freshest by 1/30/19 printed on bottom. Slightly hazy honey gold with a few fingers of pillowy white head that settle down, streams of small bubbles. Smell is fresh citrus and pine. Taste is juicy orange and tangerine with a modest piney flavor; well balanced and not particularly bitter. Feel is medium bodied and juicy. Overall, this is one of the best IPAs I have had; I really like the mix of hop flavors without too much bitterness, and all the other aspects are top notch.
Dec 28, 2018
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Reviewed by superspak from North Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
16 ounce can into tulip glass, best before 2/21/2019. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy medium golden amber color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt notes; with great strength. Taste of big red grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Moderate pine, citrus peel/rind, herbal, floral, woody, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, peach, pineapple, apricot, passion fruit, mango, melon, berries, citrus peel/rind, wood, peppercorn, pine, cracker, white bread, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a while. Awesome complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance, and minimal lingering hop astringency after the finish. Moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately bready/grainy, sticky/resinous/rindy, and fairly crisp balanced mouthfeel that is great. Minimal warming alcohol for 8.5%. Overall this is an awesome DIPA. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/fruity/tropical/earthy hops and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, and easy to drink with the moderately bitter/resinous/drying finish. Pretty aggressive, but not overwhelming. Great Amarillo, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, CTZ, Simcoe profile. Very vibrant, dank, earthy, and juicy balanced hop complexity; nice bready malt backbone, with no residual sweet from crisp resin dryness. A really enjoyable offering, and well made classic hopped style example as expected.
Dec 21, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by midlifec from Michigan

Dec 17, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by WillieThreebiers from Connecticut

Dec 04, 2018
Rated: 4.1 by sd123 from Georgia

Nov 26, 2018
Rated: 3.9 by dshansen1184 from Washington

Nov 03, 2018
Rated: 4.21 by mparella from Pennsylvania

Nov 03, 2018
Rated: 3.69 by Kaey from Texas

Nov 02, 2018
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Reviewed by RaulMondesi from California

3.99/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
This is a pretty good one. It immediately has Raul reminiscing. No, not about a long lost love that got away (I still think of you, girl) but of a beer from his past. Yep! Enter Jai Alai. (I’m talking before conract brewing stripped Jai Alai of its soul).

I mean, this thing glows a golden orange like Hemingway thinking about The Sun Also Rises; then in the aroma and tongue is deep citrus (like how crops used to be on the family farm before Monsanto took over) and a perfect malt backbone that does you right well.

Hemingway eating a peach in Georgia, yeah, something as good as dat.
Oct 26, 2018
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

4.21/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pours a solid gold tan. True to its name there's an aroma of citrus and pine. I get a squeeze of orange gently waifing on the nose. Smoothly sweet, with the same tangerine orange note dominating in only the best sort of way. This is good.
Oct 26, 2018
Rated: 3.89 by Gmartin75 from Pennsylvania

Oct 20, 2018
Rated: 4 by bigred89 from Maryland

Oct 16, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by eldoctorador from Chile

Sep 17, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by dbauer from California

Sep 15, 2018
Rated: 4.08 by StanleysCup from Maryland

Sep 08, 2018
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Rated by Raptor66 from Oregon

4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Very nice amber color, piney and biscuit notes on the nose. Citrus is noticeable on palate with malt sweetness lingering on the tongue. Love it.
Aug 31, 2018
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Reviewed by Jasonc22 from California

4.26/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
16 oz. Cans purchased from The Bottle Shoppe in sylmar, ca...An excellent double ipa... the 8.5 is easily marked by piney hops on the finish..
Very nice.. will buy again
Aug 31, 2018
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Rated by BayAreaJoe from California

4.02/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Solid, very slightly above average West Coast style DIPA.
Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 4.25 by jbarletto from Massachusetts

Jun 23, 2018
Citrus & Piney IPA (The Hop Freshener Series) from The Hop Concept Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 364 ratings