Lemon & Grassy IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)
The Hop Concept Brewing

Lemon & Grassy IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)Lemon & Grassy IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)
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IPA - Imperial
Ranked #3,159
Ranked #9,751
3.98 | pDev: 7.79%
The Hop Concept Brewing
California, United States
Very Good
Lemon & Grassy IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)Lemon & Grassy IPA (The Hop Freshener Series)
Notes: Released in Aug 2015. Lemon & Grassy, India Pale Ale brewed with Lemon Zest

Our summer IPA features tangy, floral hops on the nose with aromas of fresh-cut grass and lemon peel. On first sip, tangelo and lemon zest burst through with emerging hints of spice from the hops, all balanced by a faint caramel malt backbone.
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arizcards from Arizona

4.06/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a bomber from the Happy Valley BevMo fridge 3-18-17 for $7.99. No bottling date but suspect it was late September 2016 based on Untappd 2016 reviews.

Beer poured golden with a very nice white head that is leaving some lacing. Beer has broken down due to age as there is sediment at the bottom of the bomber.

Nose is light lemon and floral hops.

Taste is lemon forward from presumably the Sorachi Ace theme, a touch earthy, over a nice large malt base finishing with lemon zest bitterness.

Feel is medium bodied and smooth.

Overall this is a very nice beer despite the age. Would love to try this fresh as i love the lemon theme!

May 28, 2017
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Nugganooch from California

3.98/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz bottle with my FW snifter glass
Noted on 08/14/15

Sunburst yellow-orange hue. Frothy paper white head holds strong. Lots of lacey curtains spread down across the glass. Looks almost unfiltered with the similar appearance of a wheat beer.
Lemon yes. Most certainly. Grass, maybe. It is somewhat herbal. Malt is fairly absent minus some sugary sweetness.
The lemon flavor dominates which is nice. Lots of Vitamin C zing here. Has an earthy herbal note albeit somewhat muted. More so the way of light spices.
Lower levels of actual mouth bitterness. Smooth and well balanced in that manner with the alcohol well masked. A little thin but carries well. Crisp with a dry froth in the finish. Nice lasting residue stick.
I really wanted to like this one more but it was just okay good. Needs just a bit more zesty pop!

Dec 30, 2016
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bnes09 from Illinois

4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good clarity with tons of lacing after every sip. Beautiful. Tons of lemon flavor and subtle grass. Honey sweetness and light bread malt character.

Nov 30, 2016
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Hopheadjeffery from Illinois

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tasted in a pint glass from draught at Firkin on September 23, 2016. Look is amber gold with a thick off-white head and lingering lacing. Smell is bitter citrus, grass and pale malt aromas. Taste is biter citrus and pine. Feel is medium in body.

Sep 23, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle, smeared bottled on date 11/13/15. My first beer from The Hop Concept.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a deeply hazed golden orange body, lots of sediment visible, with apt carbonation, producing a good two fingers worth of thick dense frothy foamy white head. Excellent strands of lacing.

S - Still a very fresh and pungent nose on this one. The lemon zest is juicy and inviting. Earthy, herbal, floral, grassy, bit of yeast.

T - Taste is the same: zesty and citrusy. Lots of herbal hop bitterness. Very piney, dank, & bitter. I'd say the use of the lemon zest compromises the hop content, but nonetheless, it tastes nice for a 3 month plus old IPA.

M - Crisp & easy-drinking. Herbal & bitter. Medium-bodied with good carbonation.

Feb 21, 2016
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Jadjunk from Georgia

3.77/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

No label information. Lemon & Grassy is brewed in the style of an India Pale Ale brewed with lemon zest. Available as a one-off release in 22 oz. bottles and on limited draft.

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle to a tulip glass.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy foam head of a pastel white color over a hazy golden amber body with moderate carbonation and sparse, pulpy sediment in tow. Retention is very good and lacing is light and spotty. 4

(Smell) Lemon and grass does a succinct job at summarizing the hop profile. Grass is the primary hop ingredient with trace lemon and citrus behind, some light pepper and delicate resins. Medium bitter with a pale and lightly toasted caramel syrup malt sweetness in the background. Potency is moderate. 3.75

(Taste) Moderately bitter front with crisp grassy and raw lemon peel coming together for a brazenly bitter hop profile, met with pale malt characters and a bit of crystal malt syrup for a light sweetness. Certainly more geared towards focusing on hops. It's an enjoyable IPA with a bold bitterness but nothing outstanding comes through on hop flavor. 3.75

(Mouthfeel) Texture is slick, slightly chewy, medium resinous, moderately dry. Carbonation is high, generating a moderate frothiness and a briskly crisp finish. Body is shy of medium for the style, shy of medium overall. Balance is hoppy and citrus peel bitterness over sweet. Alcohol presence is low and there are no off characters. 3.75

(Overall) My first foray into this fairly popular series. Not quite so complex, very grassy and quite bitter, but I didn't find that the lemon zest came through very well, leaving this a very drinkable, but underdeveloped IPA. This beer did not carry a painful price for a bottle. 3.75

The Hop Concept Brewing's
Hop Freshener Series: Lemon & Grassy

Nov 09, 2015
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

in my opinion, this is easily the best beer in this series so far, although there is one i have yet to find. it really is lemony, about as lemony as can be. maybe some sorachi ace hops in here? even though i dont get their usual creamy citrus thing, the fact this this is almost lemon candy concentrated intense, makes me think they have to be in here, im just not sure it could come from citra alone, and i dont know what else has this unique and distinct of a flavor profile. it doesnt smell quite as awesome as it tastes, missing the fresh pungency of sliced citrus fruit. its also not just lemon in the taste, but orange too, little mandarin sweetness and acidity, but i dont think there is any fruit in here, its all from the hops. tons of dry hops must be on this one, as i get so much less bitterness than i did in the others. not sure how grassy fits in, i dont get any european type hops that typically produce that flavor profile, but there is a sort of vegetal leafy growing alive character to this overall. a little sweet throughout, but interesting enough that its not distracting. i was hoping all the beers in the series would be this good, but this one is the clear winner so far. also the only one i have had on tap, so that might make a difference. not a trace of its strength is evident. absolutely awesome ipa, i wish this was around all the time in six packs.

Nov 04, 2015
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iheartmyTHO from Georgia

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A very hop forward IPA, but all of the things I like about IPA's and none of the stuff I hate. What I like best, is that this particular IPA is drier / less sticky on the palate, which is unusual given the % ABV. I get typical IPA flavors - citrus, pine, hops, but I wouldn't say anything taste particularly tasted like lemons or grass to me.

Oct 31, 2015
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angelmonster from Colorado

4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Expiration date on bottle is 11/19/15, guessing this beer is close to 2 months old

Pours a hazy, tangerine body. Head is pearl white and an inch thick. Head retention and lacing were outstanding throughout.

Smell is big on citrus with a little pine. There is a small amount of caramel sweetness coming through. Alcohol isn't present much at all. For a beer brewed with lemon zest, not getting any, mostly orange.

Taste is similar to smell, tangerine juice mixed with juicy bitter grapefruit. There is some malt sweetness in the mix, which probably helps hide the alcohol.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Head added a nice froth to the beer.

Overall this was a good double IPA. Good amount of hops, wish I could try it fresh. Will look for next beer in this series.

Oct 29, 2015
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brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.08/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle best before dated 11/19/15.

Hazy golden pour with a thick, dense head of white. A solid foam cap for the duration with plenty of lacing.

Grassy, citrusy, and spicy hops waft from the glass nicely. Cut grass with pine needles.

Medium bodied with a sticky, tacky mouthfeel.

Bitter and drying on the palate. The lemon zest ads an almost puckering bitterness. Spicy, peppery hops with a lingering, persistant bitterness.

Finishes with bitter lemon and grapefruit pith.

An interesting beer, reminds me of Grapefruit Sculpin but in a lemon-pith direction. Seriously bitter though.

Oct 18, 2015
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Stinkypuss from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with excellent clarity, frothy head and lacing going down the glass. Looks like a solid beer though perhaps light for the IPA or double IPA style, or lighter than many caramel coated offerings by other breweries. The aroma is citrusy, hoppy for sure, with some cat pee and dank aromas as well.

The taste is very similar with plenty of herb, pine and lemon notes. I can see how it gets the name, this beer is piney, pithy, lemony and yes, a bit weedy or grassy. The alcohol being this well hidden is really a fine achievement, and it was easy to drink a few of these when I was at the beer bar.

Light body, with a solid strong carbonation and bitter finish. Drinkable for sure and interesting enough to come back for another sip. Not too strong and not too bitter either.

Overall, this is a solid beer from the Port/Lost Abbey conglomerate in CA. This is a perfect product at this price point to launch in east coast markets. Its tasty and a great value for what it is. I would drink this again without having an issue with it. The price point is low and makes it a good call.

Oct 09, 2015
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blindtiger24 from Colorado

4.19/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pale golden with slight orange hue. Active carbonation. Big, frothy head, a bit too much head even with slow pours.
S: No surprise. Just as the bottle says, grass and lemon :)
T: Lemon, lemongrass, moving to that earthy, fresh cut grass flavor and then a noticeable amount of lemon pith and peel at the end.
M: Starts clean and transitions nicely to a tart and slightly sticky finish.
O: Really like how clean this is. Manages to strike a balance between light and still flavorful.

Oct 08, 2015
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HalfFull from California

3.65/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a tulip glass. The Lemon & Grassy opens with a good pop and pours an unfiltered golden in color with a lingering inch of meringue like foam. Artsy lacing follows on the glass.

Nose brings lemon hop notes from the beginning along with a bit of neutral grain and a background of floral. Not much variety but pleasant and balanced. Hint of soapiness with warming Taste yields more lemon and a faint hop spice, along with more neutral grain. Not picking up any caramel of other citrus here and the finish is soft and a bit lemon oily with little bitterness to be found. Instead there is a bit of a chalky/aspirin note. Not sweet on the tongue yet not guessing this would be 8.5% either, so kudos to that. Overall just not profound in any way and lacks that 'pop' or 'brightness' I anticipated.

Oct 02, 2015
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

4.07/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bomber > Tulip glass
A - Clouded orange gold with a big two finger head, two fingers of dense fizzy head, huge rings of lacing.
S - Aroma is great, lots of lemon, grass, some pineapple, lime zest.
T - Some sweeter lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, lightly sweet malt, some grassy floral notes.
M - Crisp and smooth, very balanced.
O - My favorite in this series so far, nice lemon flavor.

Sep 21, 2015
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AllDayIPA23 from Georgia

3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into IPA glass.

Cloudy golden pour. Strong carbonation. Huge 3 finger head.

Refreshing smell. Lots of lemon. Floral, but not really smelling the grass.

Tons of lemon and spices in the taste. small hint of lemongrass. Creamier than expected.

Medium bodied. Creamy butter feel.

Solid beer. Would drink again.

Sep 19, 2015
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snaotheus from Washington

3.96/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle poured into a large mug. There is a garbled message on the shoulder. It looks like it contains a date close to 11/19/15. Can't tell what's above that. Probably "Enjoy by" or something similar.

Pours with a gigantic white head that fades quickly (but not quickly enough in this case -- still too much head to actually get any beer in my mouth). Right off the pour, it's unattractive, but by the time I get all the beer in the glass, it's going to be a gorgeous mountain range of foam. Beer is very hazy with a couple floaters drifting around. Smell is a nice lemony freshness (that doesn't smell like cleaner).

Taste is very light sweetness and brutal bitterness. It's appealing today, but on many days, it would be too much. Strong lemon zest character.

Mouthfeel is light with just a slight filmy characteristic. Overall, good beer.

Sep 15, 2015
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gorgeous, glowing, golden yellow. Bit turbid. Definitely lives up to its name. Clearly lemon and grassy. Almost like a lemon pledge aftertaste. Getting pine in there as well. Bone dry. Muted aroma. Minimal sweetness with a somewhat balanced bitterness. Pretty good, but probably my least favorite in the series so far.

Sep 14, 2015
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munsonptr from Massachusetts

4.04/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 11/19/15, so bottled ???? Seriously brewers, just put a bottled on date. Anyhooo..... Slight lemon smell, certainly no grass. Taste is bitter with a slight hint of lemon. Maybe this isn't the freshest bottle (hard telling, not knowing) and it has lost some of it's hop kick. Not bad, not great.

Sep 12, 2015
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Dvanistan from California

4.29/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Great for a hot summer day! Huge satin head. Nice light colored appearance. Not much fragrance at all.

But it's a perfect beer for a person who doesn't normally drink IPA but would rather chose a light citrusy heff or a white Belgian with a lemon slice.

Sep 12, 2015
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LouZ from Washington

4.24/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great looking pour - 2 solid fingers of creamy, lasting head with retention and lacing. Looks perfect and smells enticing; definite citrus note. You get a lemony note up front, but not overpowering. This beer is better than their Q2 version.

Sep 07, 2015
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Kylejames443 from California

4.53/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i was hopping more from the nose, the crisp and cleanliness of the taste of the beer made me forget about wishing i could smell fresh cut grass in the glass... the color is exactly what i was looking for, golden like California a little haze like the beach in the morning before the sun rises. i am really impressed with this collaboration overall, never thought i would be seeking out to find a stone brewery beer! close but still no cigars boys!!!!

Sep 06, 2015
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flagmantho from Washington

3.85/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I had this beer on-tap in a clear mug at Special Brews in Lynnwood, WA.

Appearance: medium golden hue with a moderate haze and a big apparent effervescence. Head is a finger of creamy ivory foam. Attractive.

Smell: light, sweet and a little bit lemony. Very refreshing.

Taste: big malty base with plenty of sweetness. There's also a pretty pronounced buttery and perhaps oaky quality. Hops are earthy and bitter, with maybe a little lemongrass. Good, but it's a bit harsh -- not at all like the smooth aroma.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a good carbonation and creaminess for the style.

Overall: good but too raspy to be terribly drinkable.

Sep 06, 2015
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rblib from California

3.99/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours yellow but with an orange murky body in a Stein glass. Very nice thick head with full lacing. As advertised, this offering is very lemony and grassy with distinct pronounced bitterness. The least favorite of the 3 released so far, but still a good 2IPA nonetheless.

Sep 06, 2015
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DoubleJ from Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I feel like I'm in the middle of Inception. A side project of Lost Abbey, which is a side project of Port Brewing. But what about the beer? If Lemon and Grassy IPA hits the spot, I may forgive Port's silliness to this Inception episode. On-tap at Beachwood BBQ, on to the beer:

Lemon and Grassy does live up to its name. This beer is a festival of lemon, herbal, and grassy hops, all while lightly struck by a dose of the sweetened cereal base. With a medium full body and sneaky alcohol, Lemon and Grassy IPA get a big thumbs up from this guy.

Sep 06, 2015
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4.52/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

22oz bomber with no bottled on date, but most likely Summer 2015

L - Orange with no clarity and 3 fingers of head. Huge amount of lacing. Just gorgeous

S - Citrus notes, dank hops. Very good nose

T - Lemon and bitter hops. Grapefruit. Very bitter aftertaste. Just the way I like my IPA's

F - Huge carbonation, oily and slick.

O - Amazing brew. Better than I expected.

Sep 05, 2015
Lemon & Grassy IPA (The Hop Freshener Series) from The Hop Concept Brewing
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