Mind The Hop
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Style:
New England IPA
Ranked #104
ABV:
9.5%
Score:
97
Ranked #467
Avg:
4.42 | pDev: 6.56%
Reviews:
59
Ratings:
285
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Notes: Mind the Hop is a single hop Citra double IPA.
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Photo of LifesAnesthesia
4.62/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L - Creamy, hazy light yellow/golden with a creamy white head that dissipates somewhat slowly leaving behind a ton of lacing.
S - Sweet tropical citrus notes, pineapple, and mango along with some malt and of course some piney bitter hops. Definitely on the sweeter side of things
T - Largely follows the nose with a lot of sweet tropical citrus notes - clementine, orange, some grapefruit along with pineapple, mango some biscuit malt, vanilla, and piney bitter hops. Some banana as well. Some earth and grass in there as well. Slight amount of dankness.
F - Medium to full bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Creamy, silky, soft but still refreshing.
O - Incredibly fresh tasting and well balanced NEIPA with huge notes of sweet tropical notes, pine, and balanced against vanilla and biscuity malt. Probably Aslin's most well rounded NEIPA.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.19/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Traded for this a while ago, as the date on the bottom of the can read 5/3/17 with SEDIMENTARY written above it. Yes, my can was old but it poured well and reminded me of a British-style beer. Part of it had to do with the name and part of it was due to the ruddy hue of the liquid itself. When combined with the taste, it *almost* made me feel that this was an Imperial ESB, if one actually existed!

Nice pour to this as the liquid was a turbid and murky orange with enough light seeping in around the sides. Plenty of subtle, long-lasting head topped this off as the lacing was quite voluminous but in the form of thin, soapy rings. Lots of citrus, copper, floral notes, and British-style hops in the understated nose as they were all found in the taste as well. Earthy, full of rind, and darkly bitter, this beer packed a punch once it fully warmed up, but that was only on the palate. Hard to believe that this was 9.50% ABV as it was nearly impossible to detect the booze in this and it's slickness ensured that it would go down smoothly, even if the melon and guava that emerged in the back of this made this quite heavy when all was said and done...

This was probably the most anomalous New England IPA that I've had as it's hue and color were unlike others that I've reviewed on here in recent months. That's not to say that this was bad, but a beer like this almost deserves to be placed into a different or entirely new category. Lovely job by Aslin with this as it was slickly smooth and not quite like anything I've had before and in a crowded marketplace, what more could one ask for from an IPA?

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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey, Jun 05, 2019
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4.28/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From can into pint glass. Deep opaque orange appearance with good amount of foam and carbonation upon aggressive pour. Fruity sweet with a good mouthfeel.

This does not drink like a 9.4%. No hint of alcohol.

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eppie82 from Illinois, May 28, 2019
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4.49/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Poured from a growler to a snifter glass. Had a dark, dirty orange color and a very cloudy consistency. There was a quarter inch of foamy head that lasted a below average amount of time. Very good lacing.

S: A sweet and fruity aroma of hops, citrus fruit, malt, and citrus fruit.

T: Tasted of a small amount of malt (mostly in the finish), a whole lot of citrus fruit (tangerine, orange, especially), a good shot of hops (more than expected), and a ton of tropical fruit (pineapple, guava). A sweet, lively, and easy to like flavor. It's slightly hoppier than the typical NE IPA, but it's still fruit-centric. Quite tasty.

F: A good amount of carbonation with a creamy, smooth finish. Medium-bodied.

O: An extremely well made tasty beer. Drinkable.

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avalon07 from South Carolina, Apr 14, 2019
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very hoppy and creamy. Poor head retention, but a beautiful overall NE IPA.

Sweeter than expected; I would think
Vanilla and/or lactose were used. Incredibly nuanced profile for a Citra single hop.

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Roguer from Georgia, Mar 22, 2019
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4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

No canned date, picked up on-site 01/25/19, likely 01/17/19 can release

Appearance - Pours murky and dirty orange in color with a finger width, off-white head. Fair retention results in a thin, broken layer of suds with a fair ring around the edge of the glass. Good lacing with broken webbing, lines and small spotting decorating a good portion of the glass.

Smell - Strong citrus juice aroma. Tangerine, orange, white grapefruit, peach, pineapple and hints of vanilla. Hint of oat?

Taste - Punchy, juicy citrus notes right off the bat. Orange, tangerine and grapefruit smack the taste buds before a touch of peach and mango kick in. Mild pineapple. Noticeable oat undertone. A touch of vanilla creeps in as it rounds the finish, and meets up with the mild pith bitterness and acidic bite in the aftertaste. Mmm.

Mouthfeel - On the fuller side of medium with fair, tingly carbonation. Nice thickness with a touch of velvet smoothness. Goes down easy before a mostly dry finish. Hard to believe it's 9.4%.

Overall - I've always been weary of Citra because it tends to lend a fair amount of dank to my taste buds, but damn is this one delicious. Super juicy and citrusy. Almost drinks like a citrusy milkshake IPA. Reminds me a bit of NG Liquid Grove Pale, only bigger, and with hints of vanilla.

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TheSixthRing from California, Jan 29, 2019
Photo of Harrison8
4.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours an opaque dark orange with a finger of off-white foam that retains pretty well. Aroma is orange, papaya, mango and tangerine, and just dripping at that. Lovely tropical fruit and domestic citrus qualities. Mouth feel is tangerine, papaya, mango, orange, pineapple, and guava. Tropical fruits and domestic citrus ooze from every ounce. Good, backbone of biscuity, bready malt add a little firmness to the back end. Mouth feel is lightly fuzzy and velvety with a medium-thick consistency. Overall, this beer is big - really big. It's got clean tropical fruit and domestic citrus oozing from every ounce, while remaining clean, even allowing the malts to shine through - a trait missed by lots of hoppy NE DIPAs.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Harrison8 from Missouri, Nov 15, 2018
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4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy, copper orange body with minimal head and lace ring. The aroma struck me as hints of peach and mango with some grapefruit. Fuller body, slightly boozy on the finish, the beer has a great sweetness and minimal bitterness thanks to flavors like peach and tropical fruits along with a soapy hoppiness.

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clayrock81 from Florida, Nov 14, 2018
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4.56/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Serving: Can
No date


A:
Pours a lovely, hazy orange with a couple fingers of puffy whipped cream head. Very good retention; ticker-tape lacing. (4.25)

S:
Wow! Big green mango and guava aromas with a little rustic green smell behind to balance it out.
(4.5)

T:
Very rich fruity, sweet, juicy tropical flavors with a smooth chalky/pollen-like bitterness to close it out. (4.5)

M:
Smooth-drinking, fluffy, medium body with velvety carbonation and a lingering fruity finish. (4.75)

O:
Fuck me, this is an awesome beer!
It is lovely to look at. Exactly what you'd expect. The aroma is immediately noticeable upon opening the can. Both it and the flavor made me audibly groan without meaning to which is always a good sign. Big tropical fruit notes and a hint of subtle bitterness in the nose. The flavor is just a progression of this. Big, juicy guava, mango and bitter orange flavors with a faint thread of grass and clean alcohol underneath. It feels like drinking carbonated whole milk (but actually good) and there is a almost-tart fruity tingle that hangs around. Really, this one is everything it should be, exactly how it should be. A lion of a beer that drinks like a lamb. (4.75)

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TheDoctor from Quebec (Canada), Sep 22, 2018
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4.02/5  rDev -9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours with a nice bubble show that settles in at two fingers capping the murky, honey colored liquid; sudsy lacing

Smell: Rather pithy, with tangerine dominant as well as some pineapple

Taste: Tangerine and pineapple forward, with the pithy element picking up, through the middle; somewhat juicy, with a fusel alcohol finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: I have had mixed results with the higher ABV IPAs from Aslin; this one is in the middle of the road

Thanks, Slack, for the opportunity

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brentk56 from North Carolina, Sep 12, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look - Most memorable part of this beer for me. Dense head, heavy lacing, extremely hazy/opaque appearance
Smell - Typical NEIPA smell - hazy, slight sweetness
Taste - Smooth on the front, slight boozyness on the back, alcohol is disguised reasonably well for 9+%
Feel - Same as smell - typical NEIPA, not especially memorable but did not detract from the beer at all

Overall - Very solid beer in the NEIPA style. Reasonable crush-able for 9+%. Would drink again but not sure I would go out of my way for it.

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rtav from Connecticut, Sep 10, 2018
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4.41/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can Date: none
Palate Contaminants: none

How about "murky straw" for a description of the look? Basically no head or lacing. Fortunately, I don't personally care about the appearance as long as it's not abnormal.

The smell has lots of citrus. I'd say the foremost is pineapple, but bit of orange and red grapefruit are also there. Intensity is light-moderate. A little powdered sugar.

The taste has far more pine. Freshly cut grass, too. Overall, it has a savory element (very notable for being one of the first things to stand out). The citrus is still present, but it's blended pretty well with the other flavors. There's an herbal element that I can't quite pin to any herb in particular. Bitterness is very light.

I already mentioned the savoriness, and that extends to the feel. Smooth carbonation. Vegetation aftertaste, although the bitterness increases.

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Zythophile from District of Columbia, Jun 17, 2018
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4.43/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a turbid yellow slightly tinged with orange. Moderate to small amount of head retention and lacing. Aroma and flavor are of pineapple and orange creamsicle with hints of grapefruit, mango and peach. At 9.4% abv the alcohol is present but nicely subdued. I'm glad I didn't give up on Aslin IPAs after the first 5-6 I had were underwhelming because the last few I've had have been stellar.

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Lucular from Maryland, Jan 03, 2018
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4.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Tall can w/o canning date info

Solid NE IPA kinda pour...lookin good

Ripe pineapple and oranges on the sniff

Super tasty, overly juicy...pineapple, oranges, mango....

High quality, fresh n tasty, tropical fruity goodness all over this one....go get some and savor every sip

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Billolick from New York, Dec 30, 2017
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4.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

16oz can poured into a snifter

A- pours a hazy golden orange color with a one-finger creamy white head that has great retention long after the pour

S- pure citrus hop aroma: orange pith, grapefruit zest, tangerine, slightly grassy, light pine & mango

T- bright and juicy up front, tastes just like fresh orange juice. Bright pithy grapefruit notes, zesty citrus & orange peel. Undertones of pine resin, grass, mango and peach. The finish is juicy and resinous

M- medium body and carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a dry resinous finish

O- juicy delicious citra showcase, outstanding

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Treyliff from West Virginia, Nov 11, 2017
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4.4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Mind The Hop, after a vigorous pour, is a slightly white washed, opaque orange. It's creamy, frothy scoop of a head sticks around to coat blanket the liquid below as well as to the sides of the glass. And it sticks well!

Pineapple and orange juice. A mild, damp, noble pine like aroma lazily lingers behind the juices along with a yeasty, yogurty finish.

The flavor again is quite fruity. More citrusy than anticipated, but cut down by some tropical fruits, some bitter pith, and more of that mentioned yogurt.

The feel is obviously quite creamy and smooth. It's balanced but does have a good bitter heft to it. The alcohol surprisingly is well subdued.

Though I feel the flavors were more mellowed down, this may be the easiest drinking 9.4% abv beer I've ever had. It's rediculously smooth, pleasant, and tasty. Aslin is three for three in my eyes. Cheers and thanks again Craig!

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Photo of digboy
4.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

(Thanks Tim for sending this up. You're the man!)

Dated 9/20/17: Pours a bright and warm gold color, totally opaque with a thin off-white head that laces very nicely.

Aroma is a little dank with wonderful pineapple notes along with a bit of citrus sharpness. Love the combo.

Taste follows the nose with the citrus taking over more. The pineapple flavor disappears quickly, leaving a candied orange rind flavor to come in strong a linger to the end. Hard to tell what malt is behind it with all this flavor.

Feel is very soft and full, almost creamy. A light bitterness creeps in near the finish and leaves the tongue a little tingly. There is a slight stickiness left on the lips too. There is really no sign of alcohol burn - amazing for a 9% beer. They deserve credit for this.

Overall a fantastic beer worthy of the hype I have been giving them from 500 miles to the north here north of Boston (no one around me cares because its just too far away). Here we have our Trillium and Tree House and Bissell, but I still maintain that Aslin can give any of them all a run for the money. This is a superior NEIPA that any lover of the style should crank to the top of their want list. Stat!

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digboy from New Hampshire, Oct 22, 2017
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4.36/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a snifter. Hazy and turbid, golden in color with a creamy off white head. Big aroma that I noticed on the pour: a nice mix of grapefruit, tropical fruit, and piney earth. I got more of the earthy notes on the palate with dank resin. The fruit notes were there and melded well. Moderately bitter in the NE "soft" way and a superb soft feel for such a big beer. Slightly warming on the finish. Fantastic.

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Buck89 from Tennessee, Oct 09, 2017
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4/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Orangish-amber color and totally hazy with a short, white head that leaves tons of lacing.

S - The grapefruit hits you from two feet away. There's also bitter orange and mango.

T - The taste is orange and grapefruit peel, pineapple, pine, and some alcohol on the finish.

M - Medium carbonation and body, slightly slick and lingering, bitter finish.

O - A great NEIPA, the nose is great.

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jvgoor3786 from Arkansas, Sep 29, 2017
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4.04/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L - Murky, dirty orange
S - juicy mango, pineapple, orange rind
T - Just like the nose, with a slight alcohol burn at the end
F - Tastes better when warmed slightly, very smooth and dank
O - Back in the day (last year lol) this was one of my first offerings from Aslin and still packs that nostalgic punch. Not as good as their other beers in the recent days but is still a good tropical hop bomb!

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TripleSun from Virginia, Sep 24, 2017
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4.53/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 16oz can into Tulips, split with Emily. Thank you Ryan for hooking me up with this long awaited want!

Pours a super hazy, OJ looking light orange body with a one finger white head that reduces to leave spotty lacing and layer of retention.

Aromas are dank and raw, heavy hop resins, citrus zest and melons. On the tongue is crisp hop oil, lightly bitter citrus peel, melon, sweet malt, finishing lightly bitter with a hint of pine. Really nice feel, creamy body with low carbonation.

Overall my favorite Aslin thus far. Can't taste the 9.4% at all.

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gcamparone from Rhode Island, Aug 11, 2017
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4.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can stamped 07/05/17

Cloudy golden yellow with a slim, dense creamy head. Green, juicy hop aromas: cannabis, orangey citrus, pine resin, apricot. Big, smooth, juicy hop flavor - bold, but not too sticky sweet. Pineapple, orange, mango, dank herbs, tangerine, pine needles. Full, soft feel, drying out in the finish. Good strong DIPA...juicy but with a nice dank edge.

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wedge from North Carolina, Aug 06, 2017
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4.31/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Double IPA with only Citra hops... obviously smells super tropical and the flavor is refreshing. This definitely didn't have anything that stood out. It's a solid rendition but wouldn't go out of my way for it,

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peterpunk15 from Massachusetts, Jun 08, 2017
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4.84/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Canned 5/03/17, consumed 5/17/17

Pours thickly with almost no head. Slight foam around the edges of the glass. color is deep and reddish resembling cider.

Nose is amazing! Thick notes of passion fruit and guava, a real tropical ensemble. I want to sit here and smell it all day.

Bitter taste that outweighs the malt a bit, but still has notes of the beautiful malt hop balance Aslin is known for. The first beer I've had from Aslin where the alcohol is prominent in the flavor notes. It might be this can, but the Carbonation is a little bit low for my tastes as well, and this adds to the syrupyness and overwhelming bitterness.

Overall a good DIPA from the masters of the DC/VA area. A bit bitter and alcoholic compared to their other offerings, but still leaps and bounds above any DIPA available in the grocery store. Wouldn't want to crush these like other Aslin brews, but still good nonetheless.

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Freeborn_mustache from District of Columbia, May 18, 2017
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4.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Wow! Hazy gold color and a dank fruity nose. On the taste it has explosive fruit flavor balanced nicely by malt and a bitter hop finish. Plenty of effervesce and a long pleasant finish. These guys can definitely hang with the big New England players.

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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 285 ratings