Hop Good | Nelson Brewing Company

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Nelson Brewing Company
British Columbia, Canada

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by biboergosum on 07-30-2013

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Photo of FadetoBock
3.52/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.56/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

650ml bottle. These organic ales are coming fast and hard from Nelson of late. Just how I likes 'em.

This beer pours a crystal clear, pale bronzed amber colour, with two fingers of wanly puffy, loosely foamy off-white head, which leaves a more or less solid array of pockmarked, layered sandstone cliff lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of semi-sweet orange and grapefruit flesh, tame caramel malt, a hint of white pepper, and further leafy, floral hops, with a twinge of perfumed booziness. The taste is more somewhat peppery citrus and floral hops, grainy pale malt, with only the slightest hint of caramel malt, and a wee twinge of mineral stoniness.

The bubbles are average in intensity, with a dull edge of persistence, the body a barely medium weight, and equally smooth, a pithy clamminess slowly clamouring until it mostly takes over. It finishes off-dry, the lingering pseudo-hoppiness not really capable of convincing me of proffering further prose on the matter.

Another in this organic series that sadly falls into the wastebucket of shoulda-coulda-woulda-been. The hops are there, sure, but incredibly dispossesive - and well, underwhelming, with a bland pale ale nature that hardly bodes less than ill for future praise. If so, inform me thusly, as I can only benefit from said exercise, though I'm hardly holding my breath on the matter.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of EspressoGuy
3.31/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

650ml. Lot 4381 - exp 11/10/13
Organic Session IPA ... at 5.2%?

A: deep amber
S: not much; carboardy malt or stale bread crust
T: nice rich round full-flavoured; malt dominated; good line of bitterness that keeps everything together. Not big hops and not big bitterness. Wish it had a "fresher" citrus character but still very likeable. Session?
M: medium bodied; medium low carbonation
O: Maybe in the Kootenays this is session beer but it sure doesn't taste like one. It's also not a typical NW IPA (not enough citrus hops or bitterness). Enjoyable but not a session beer.

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Photo of headlessparrot
3.32/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nelson Brewing Company jumps on the Session IPA bandwagon with its "Organic Hopgood Session IPA, even though it ought to be said that this comes in at the decidedly un-session-like ABV of 5.2%. This sample can from a single can pulled from a mix-six pack. No date of packaging or best before visible, so take that as you will.

Pours *beautifully*, actually, a hazy copper-almost-ruby colour topped by three fingers of loose, rocky foam that recedes after a few months to a finger but leaves a lot of lacing on the glass.

Smell is quite hoppy; very dank, resinous, piney, grassy. Not much in the way of citrus (citrus being where my own preference tends to lie). A bit of dry biscuit and cracker, a hint of cat pee. Bitter, leafy greens, maybe a touch of faint, bitter grapefruit pith.

Taste is again quite dank, resinous, piney, hoppy, with a dry, peppery cracker malt trying to offer balance but not measurably succeeding. Finishes quite dry. Carbonation is on the high end of moderate, but the body is actually quite nice (perhaps because this is a higher ABV than most session ales).

The can claims I should be getting a boat-load of citrus hop in the aroma. The fact that I'm not could be a freshness issue, but who knows without any dating information on the can. As is, this is a competent but unremarkable "session IPA," that's only further hurt by its high ABV relative to other, more compelling stabs at the sub-style.

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Photo of BigBry
3.74/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

New can, another organic beer from Nelson.
This beer pours clear, orange bronze color, with two fingers of off-white head. Solid lace strings, good retention, fades slowly.
The hop smells like orange and grapefruit, some caramel malt sweetness. The taste is more of the same, orange citrus and floral hops, malt grains, all well balanced.
The body is medium, mouth feel is smooth, slightly dry finish. A nice hop aftertaste without being overly bitter.
For me it fit very well in the 'sessional IPA' slot, flavorful but not a hop bomb, easy to drink.

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Photo of LampertLand
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Nelson Brewing 'Hop Good Session IPA' @ 5.2% , served from a 6pack of 355 ml cans purchased for $12.30
A-pour is amber from the can to a clear dark amber in the glass with a medium size off-white head leaving a spotty lace along the pint
S-hoppy ,
T-somewhat crisp & clean , ok tasting , surprising decent malt backbone , still a bit watery
MF-ok/decent carbonation , light medium body
Ov-ok/good beer , surprisingly good session beer
prost LampertLand

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Photo of Bmilhouse13
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first drop was out of the can after a good mountain bike ride...paired very well. Went back for more all summer long!

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Photo of BcCraft710
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Derek
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now in a can and among the best! Perhaps a bit strong for a 'session' IPA, but it's nicely balanced to the bitter side, with a good body (not like some examples that are closer to bong water).

Why didn't the call this the Half Nelson?

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Photo of rogerdandy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of leaddog
3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a light copper colour with two fingers of bubbly ivory head.

Smell - Piney hops, tropical fruit, pine resin, toffee-like malts.

Taste - Toffee notes, malts, and a very subtle pine flavour. Hops have a minimal presence and are quite restrained in comparison to the aroma. Hop bitterness is mostly present in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall - A bit of an underwhelming American IPA. With a name like "Hop Good", I would expect much more hop flavour than what this brew delivers.

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Photo of wordemupg
3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint at the Hume Hotel in Nelson 2/8/15

A clear copper with a thumbs width of foam leaves several partial rings before falling

S some tropical citrus, orange, mango, pineapple, a little spruce and lots of caramel

T orange marmalade I didn't notice on the nose, more piney notes, still heaps of toffee and caramel

M very light bodied boarding on watery, a mild bitter bite and enough bubbles to give it some life

O a little malty for an IPA but I suppose some would call it balance

decent but nothing to really make it stand out from the crowd unless organic is really important to you......hippie

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Photo of RJLarse
4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I had several of these on-tap while touring southeastern BC. Bought a six pack in a BC liquor store to bring home to the US.

Pours a shiny copper color, clear with a foamy off-white head.

Smell is more of a pine than citrus scent.

Taste is IMO like an English style IPA. A lot of balance, with homage paid to the malt factor. It has a nice sweet bread flavor to compliment the hops.

Mouthfeel is good, medium body, slightly cloying. Not as thin as an American session IPA.

Overall one of the better beers I had in Canada. I would recommend this to any American traveler looking for a west caost IPA

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Photo of northof60hops
3.19/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ZachT
3.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bunman3
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a mighty tasty ISA. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but Hopgood manages to deliver all of the things I really like about an IPA. Orangey/copper, with a nice fluff of white head. The nose and taste have mild evergreen and citrus twang, and there is sufficient malt to provide some substantial body. Overall, a very nice offering (with a cool story when you read the label!)

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Photo of Niceroad77
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Photo of schnarr84
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Hop Good from Nelson Brewing Company
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