Ham Solo
Rockingham Brewing Company

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Rockingham Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Pale Ale - American
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3.94 | pDev: 10.41%
Apr 04, 2022
May 22, 2019
Notes: A single-malt/single-hop (SMASH) beer. Golden Promise (malt), Falconer's Flight (hops)
Recent ratings and reviews.
3.5 by tonystanhope from Florida on Apr 04, 2022
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3.58/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by johnnnniee from New Hampshire

Can from the packie.
Pours a deep gold color with a touch of haze and a dirty white head that slowly dissipates. Earthy resinous pine hop flavor with bits of pin and bready maltiness. Body is a tad thin like mineral watery, but decent enough.

Jun 13, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by RandomVideoGameCharacter from Massachusetts

Probably one of my favorite beers they did. Very crushable and I think it was a Smash? A one hop, one grain beer? I hope they make this again. I probably bought at least a case of them when it was around.

Feb 04, 2021
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4.22/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by ichorNet from Massachusetts

I find Rockingham woefully underrated on this site, so in honor of them announcing their expansion (taking place this upcoming weekend!), I'm tackling their newest APA. This is a SMASH beer (aka a beer brewed with only one varietal each of malt and hop), and this batch was brewed with Golden Promise malt and Falconer's Flight hops. As a fan of both of these particular ingredients when used in other beers, I'm excited to see how they pair together. This beer reminded me of Long Trail's short-lived SMASH beer series, wherein they basically did the same thing, though one of theirs paired Golden Promise with Citra. Anyway, on to the beer.

This pours a beautiful, translucent golden-medium amber color with a lot of hop particulate throughout the body. Thin yet long lasting head with decent legs. Not too much in the way of lace, but the surface is somewhat cloudy even after a few minutes. Overall, a pretty good looking APA with a "darker" bent (weird, because GP is like 2-3° L, but whatever... I guess that's like twice as dark as 2-row anyway but I feel like it shouldn't matter that much) and less haze than I'm used to these days. I appreciate that. On to what really matters.

Citrusy and slightly pine/spruce-like upfront in the nose with definite candied grapefruit, honeyed biscuit undertones and tangerine jelly all over the place. Falconer's Flight hops were one of the first trademarked hop varietals to utilize the clean, new-school "tropical" elements that are all the rage these days, so it's cool to find them being brought back into use with this beer, as they've sorta fallen by the wayside recently. Somewhat dank with a bit of ethanol, intense lemon/lime and more grapefruit grounding this in a more old-school, West Coast-ish approach, or so it seems thus far.

Clean and crisp palate with strong flavors of tangerine and grapefruit, concluding each sip with a nice backing hit of zippy pine resin and earthiness. A touch herbal and grassy with some notes of honeyed sweetness in the mid-palate. Coats the tongue well and delivers some great, straightforward flavors where they belong. This is quite a good use of both of these ingredients with minimal yeastiness to boot. Just satisfying and, overall, well-made. I could, however, detect a quick (and very light) flash of diacetyl here and there upon my first few sips. I'm not sure how much of that is just GP malt doing its sweet, weird thing, or if there's actually a slight process error here. Anyway, it didn't really affect my enjoyment of this much, and I would certainly go back to it and would be willing to try at least one can of the future entries in this series. SMASH beer is fun and interesting, so it would behoove (heheh, get it? The brewery has a pig motif...?) Rockingham to continue experimenting in this fashion.

May 22, 2019
Ham Solo from Rockingham Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 4 ratings