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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American Imperial IPA
Ranked #1,973
Ranked #5,561
4.03 | pDev: 7.69%
The Hop Concept Brewing
California, United States
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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Reviews: 63 | Ratings: 354
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of brureview
4.24/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of brewme
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.94/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of arizcards
4/5  rDev -0.7%
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!

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Photo of DBosco
4.46/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of superspak
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of RaulMondesi
3.99/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
4.21/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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Photo of Jasonc22
4.26/5  rDev +5.7%
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

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Photo of Act25
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Broad disagreement on this IPA. My fiancé and I loved it.
A) Lovely, hazy amber body with an inch of white head that sticks and laces.
S) Big, citrus hop forward, then blending toward pine and grassy hops. Plenty of background sweet, caramel malt.
T) After the citrus intro, it's a strong hop bite tempered by long finish of grassy hops with crystal + sweet malts.
F) Feels medium and oily with smooth clean, food friendly finish.
O) Enjoyed on tap at Gaslight in 07716.

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Photo of sjrider
4.1/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a can ,a not quite clear golden/orange with white head leaving some bubbly/frosty lacing. Nose is mild citrus, pine and a whiff of biscuit . Taste follows with more citrus ,bready malt and some hoppy bitterness. A hint of alcohol on the finish ,but overall pretty smooth.

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Photo of PlinyMeNow
4.45/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow! Had it on draft, and I wasn't expecting such a clean and well crafted IPA. This beer pours clear and golden with a foamy white head, and the taste is as clean as the appearance. Hop-forward with citrus and pine dominating as the name would suggest. There's grapefruit, orange, lemon, spice, grass, and a whole pine forest. Just enough bready malt, cracker, honey, and a bit of caramel provides a backdrop for the hops but never takes over. Finish is long and dry, fresh like grapefruit rind.
At times I noticed a striking resemblance to Pliny the Elder, and that's a compliment. This beer is highly underrated.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
4.03/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Type: 22-oz. bottle
Glass: Beer Nerd tulip
From: Trader Joe’s in Mira Mesa Calif.
Price: $6.99
Purchased: June 5, 2017
Consumed: June 8, 2017
Reviewed as: American Double / Imperial IPA
Misc.: Released in April 2017

Picked this up on a recent trip to the Mira Mesa Trader Joe’s. Was surprised I hadn’t had this one yet. Had previously given Lemon & Grassy a 4.26 on Aug. 8, 2015, Tropical & Juicy a 4.01 on Oct. 18, 2015 and Dank & Sticky a 4.08 on Feb. 5, 2016. Looked it up to see when it was released and saw the hops were Chinook, Centennial, Azacca, Amarillo, Simcoe, Citra and two experimental hops. Expecting this one to be just under a 4.00, maybe in the 3.90-to-4.00 range.

Poured a golden clear color with 2-to-3 fingers of rocky white head. Lots of slow moving bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Excellent spiderweb foamy lacing. World-class foamy retention. (Sight - 4.50)

Smelled pine, Citra, Simcoe, orange peel, coriander, honey, dank resin, lemon zest, Centennial and sugary caramel. Smelling right up my alley. (Smell - 4.00)

First thought on the taste was how smooth it was for 8.5 pct. Got pine, bitter blood orange peel, coriander, honey, lemon zest, lime, spicy Simcoe, woody Chinook, dank resin, dry Centennial, Citra, caramel malts, grapefruit and pine needles. (Taste - 4.00)

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Long, bitter finish. (Feel - 4.00)

I actually liked this one overall. I probably overrated it at spots, but it was good. (Overall - 4.00)

4.03 | 90 | A-

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Photo of Red5StandingBy
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 650ml bottle into Snifter. No bottle or freshness date to be found.

L: Coppery amber that is quite clear. Solid finger width off-white head has moderate retention and recedes to an island of bubbles and a nice ring.

S: Lots of Citrus, grapefruit and orange with good piney notes along with it. Some honey as well.

T: Very prevalent hop notes of citrus and pine as expected, decent malt backbone but still overpowered by the hops.

F: Chewy, medium body with average carbonation and a dry finish.

O: All in all this is a very good DIPA.

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Photo of jzlyo
4.23/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is floral/citrus, pine and light spiciness. The flavor is citrus, biscuit malts, pine needles, mild sweetness and a mix of slight spiciness and bitter/alcohol in the finish.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.49/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright amber color with a large off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a very thick but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a very nice blend of floral hops, fruity citrus and caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out sweet with strong flavors of caramel and citrus up front. Then a nice grassy hops bitterness comes in. The malt character is hearty and provides a very good balance. The after-taste is hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Very tasty, goes down quite easily, not too filling, good kick, very good representation of style, this is a very nice 2IPA to drink for a long time.

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Photo of scottbrew4u
4.29/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On draft at Strangeloves. Poured a hazy golden orange with a frothy white head that persists nicely. As named, aroma is heavy with grapefruit pith, pine sap and grassy hops. Very fresh aroma of hood but deep and hidden is a bready malt base. As with the aroma, hops dominate and are delicious! It falls a little short on the base malt backbone. A hop lovers beers though. Almost creamy carbonation and a light to medium body this beer finishes bitter but refreshing on a hot day. I would not drink multiple but I would recommend it to hop lovers and I would have it again.

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Photo of 2beerdogs
3.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Beautiful brass in color swirls a slightly hazy nectar with tiny sediment hovering in a lumbering rotation. Frothy white foam bursts upward 2inches. Upon slow retreat, a sticky lacing leaves an archaeological trail of my progress through this liquid journey. Aroma carries orange zest, floral citrus, pine, and hints of something tropical. Flavor begins with more subtly than I expected. A truly blended citrus and pine start off hand in hand. A little danky flavor follows. I like. A little bit of bread malt peeks through as well. Finish is slightly slick, some grapefruit pithiness comes in along with some green dank. Mouthfeel is spot on for an IPA, gently active carbonation and full enough for me. Overall, a very good, not over the top hoppy beer.

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bottle with no noticeable born on date; into a pub glass.
Appearance - hazy orange with plenty of carbonation that forms a medium, fluffy, off-white head. Lacing is slow developing, but finishes strong.
Smell - the label goes on and on about this series being designed to bring out the aromatic character...well, this one at least leaves me wondering what the fuss was about. I pick up touches of citrus notes, some pine, but it's pretty average.
Taste - much better! The pine and citrus are definitely noticeable here; very flavorful!
Feel - hops are profound and bitter and there's the alcohol kick that you expect from a DIPA!
Overall - this beer is actually quite good, however, when the label focuses so much on one aspect of the beer (in this case, the smell), it builds up expectations, and if it doesn't at least meet them, it's a disappointment.

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Photo of smcolw
4.36/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Golden color and clear. Superb blanket of lace throughout the tasting. Foamy head that never disapates completely.

I get lemon and mango to the nose. There's also a bit of perfume in a flowery way.

Fresh and nearly a traditional pale ale. I say nearly because the hop is stronger than most but still is very smooth. The carbonation enhances the hop bite. The body, though, is quite full. The aftertaste is appropriately bitter. The taste is probably closest to a pilsner. A very easy beer to enjoy.

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Photo of Seh4fredom
4.08/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

I Loved this beer! No bottling date visible. Assume 2016 itteration due to it's freshness. Poured into a pint glass from a 22oz bomber. Dank resinous nose. Citrus orange and hoppy flavors tantalized the palate with an easy bittering finsh! A well balanced perfectly executed beer. Wish I had more! Truly a World Class Beer. See for yourself if you can find it! Cheers!

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Photo of Rogerlb
3.71/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber clear as amber glass, carb bubbles are visible along the side, and head is a frothy 1 1/2 finger, which slowly dissipates. Lacing along the side along with alcohol legs.

(The last of the bottle did indeed have sentiment, by the way -- it was all at the bottom.)

Our aroma is quite dank and citrusy. Epitome of an IPA. The taste is along those same lines, hoppy and juicey. Citrus is orange, almost creamy. Then a clean pine citrus with bitter comes in. There's no "earth" in this hoppy brew ... it's clean feeling. If carby. Slight malt towards the finish, along with real strong pine and the expected bitterness, it's named correctly: first citrus, then pine. Aftertaste is slight and not a palate killer. No stickiness considering the emphasis on hops.

Good DIPA. The booze not so well hidden, and especially when it warms and opens up you begin to feel it may be too much (even though it's only 8.5). This beer is better cold. It has a fresh, hoppy, and very orangey feel, particularly at the beginning.

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Photo of McStagger
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date I can see.

A: Fairly vigorous pour leads to two fingers head. Head is khaki in color, with fairly large bubbles rising to the surface to form the head. Dissipation is moderate. Great lacing. Beer itself is dark straw bordering on pale orange. Carbonation is vigorous.

S: True to it's name. Big orange and lemon, combined with an astringency that could very well be pine, but I get more orange peel. Malt is present. Big loads of cereal and honey aroma coming off the glass. Smells like it'll be sweet and delicious..

T: And it is. Round notes of citrus up front (ripe orange, overripe lemon). Mid palate brings fairly astringent pine needles intermingling in with the dream cooler. The astringency definitely wins out in the end on this one and carries through to a very dry, very fruit forward finish.

M: Light on the tongue for 8.5%. Well attenuated. This one finishes dry in the tongue.

O: Less pine, more orange. Masterful blend of flavors here. Orange>orangesickle>pine.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.18/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Hazy bright amber color with a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for a while. Not bad for a 7 month old ale little to no sediment.
S - Lost some of its zest but its still pretty citrus hop forward. Little sweet malts or ethanol smell is good.
T - Oily and slick it has a pretty strong hop bite which has faded just slightly with crystal and sweet malts.
M - Good body like I said its medium and oily but you can drink it fast with no ABV bite.

Overall its a good one off better than most DIPA's I had and still very tasty despite being bottled 7 months ago. Pick it up if you can find it for 7 bucks or less!

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Citrus & Piney IPA (The Hop Freshener Series) from The Hop Concept Brewing
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 354 ratings