Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA | Thomas Hooker Brewing Company

very good
521 Ratings
Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPAThomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA

Brewed by:
Thomas Hooker Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

Style: American IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A blend of Bravo, Amarillo, Cascade, and Centennial hops give this beer a crisp, hoppy flavor. Dry hopping with Centennial gives this beer a beautiful aroma of citrus notes. Balanced but complex, this beer is a refreshing brew.

63 IBU

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-20-2004

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Photo of rudy611
5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of mikepcarney
5/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of patm1986
5/5  rDev +26.6%

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5/5  rDev +26.6%

Photo of weezyfart
4.83/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The appearance of this beer is absolutely fantastic. Dark, dark amber in color. So dark, that you can't see through the glass even in front of light. This is already showing wonderful promise for the beer as a whole.

You can smell the hops from 6 inches away. Cascade hops are extremely prevalent. Oh that's huge! Big pine, citrus, even bubblegum. I'm almost wanting to open up another one to set aside for an hour to see where else the nose may go. But I must taste it!

This is a must try for hopheads. Wonderfully bitter right from the start. Yould think you were sucking on a hop cone. Malt come in midway to give your tastebuds a break, and then the bittering comes back to clean off the finish. Beautiful creamy texture as well.

This is what IPA's should taste like in my opinion. Jacked up on hops, low on residual sugar, and as opaque as limousine windows.

Brewmakers!! Use this beer as your IPA bible!

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Photo of weaselchew
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of apollutedmind1990
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Damn good! A tad bitter, but a refreshing brew overall.

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Photo of NEhophead
4.73/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle.

Creamy yet rocky, lightly tan head with great retention. A pretty stable sheet remains throughout the glass until the last sip. Thin and condensed lacing all over the place with great durability. Dark copper with shades of red in color; almost mahogany.

A big pine, hop oil, and citrus nose; bubblegum as well. A touch of floral hops and spice.

A strong and thick pine-filled hop flavor mixed with a few more hop infused spices. The malt character provides an even balance, but this one is overrun by its hops. A big, slightly toasted, bitterness with a bit of lemon. Pine and bubblegum aftertaste. I would've guessed this one for a double IPA given its intensity.

Full bodied; thick and slightly grainy due to the hop intensity. A mouthful of hops near perfect on the palate for a hop lover.

This one is truly a gem! Probably my favorite version of the style (this, Hop Devil, or Smuttynose's IPA). A must try. I'd like to have this as a session beer, but the strength of the hops would probably ruin my tastebuds. Congrats to Troutbrook on a special IPA!

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Photo of mikeys01
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a tastefully decorated 22 oz brown bomber, the Hop Meadow prefers to wait until serving before it gets right up in your face and sneers at you. This is not your Grandma’s IPA, this offering from Troutbrook/Thomas Hooker is to be reckoned with and is a worthy rival for any of the hop monsters out there.
Pours into the pint glass a crystal clear reddish amber color, covered in a fluffy bream colored head, which slowly sinks into the depths, leaving delicate lacing on its way down. Aroma is rolling in piney hop resin, lots of grassy goodness and a fair bit of citrus as well. Upon tasting, the hops perform an immediate assault on your tongue like it was a punching bag at the YMCA, stripping you of your senses and leaving you reeling with bitterness. Hop flavor starts out like a bushel of oranges and quickly transitions to sharp and piney. A good dose of sweet, barely caramelized malt whines over in the corner and actually manages to put up a somewhat worthy fight in through the middle, but in the end succumbs to the brutal hop invasion. Finishes up nice and crip and bitter as hell, this beer makes sure you’ll remember it later. Excellent IPA, this one holds nothing back and makes you come back for more.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.7/5  rDev +19%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

More than a couple pints from a freshly tapped firkin at Eli Cannon's.
Hazed brass, topped with a creamy, full head. Head drops to a collar after a bit, leaving streaky layers of lace. Incredible hop aroma. Like sticking your head into a bin of fresh, whole leaf centennials. Just a hint of toasty malt sweetness. Juicy pink grapefruit and orange, with a lighter piney harshness. Full toasty malt flavor bouys the nearly unreasonable amount of hops. Floral, with a soft pear flavor. Pretty clean. Very citric finish, with bitterness like biting into a grapefruit peel. Piney bitterness is just barely within reason, snapping at the bit, reigned in by silky, toasty malt. The first couple sips had me a bit crosseyed. Mouthfeel is so soft, with just the right amount of casky carbonation, just a hint of a sparkle. The best part is that the bitterness is still punchy after 2-3 pints. Usually my palate adjusts about halfway through the first, and fails to feel hoppy anymore. Not the case with this one. I'm guessing at least 60-70 IBUs, at only 6.5%!
Great, great stuff. I can't believe something this good is brewed in my tiny state's capital. Thanks Paul Davis, this cask was a knockout. This one will give the hoppiest west coasters a run for their money. I must be a sucker for pain, because this one is armed and dangerous. Absolutely loved it. Not for the faint of heart.

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4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal-clear and gleaming like a shiny new penny. Ample off-white head that left nice sticky lacing down my glass. Well carbonated, but not fizzy.

Smell: Heavy on the evergreen, with a serious piney presence. Very fresh and slightly floral at times, with citrus notes throughout. The smell of sweet malt comes through as the beer comes toward room temperature, but this one's definitely all about the humulus lupus.

Taste: Slightly abrasive at first, with the hops bringing a full frontal assault. Almost off-balance when cold, but in a sublime, tooth-enamel-stripping sort of way. Seems to be relatively well attenuated, without much residual sweetness. As the beer warms, the malt finally comes through and provides a nice counterpoint to the tooth-coating hops. Slightly hot for a beer of this strength. Complex in a way that evokes a fleeting thought that this might be the bastard son of 90 Minute and Ruination, with the complexity of the 90 and the in-your-face character of the 'nation all rolled into one bomber. Great beer. It's these little victories that make living in Hartford worthwhile.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First is first, thanks to ppoitras for this beer. The beer pours a brilliant amber color with a 2 finger ivory head that seems to want to stick around very well. Very beautiful beer. The nose. Wow. There is a slight dirtying of the hop, but the bright citrusy hop still shines through right with a very sweet caramel malt. I like it. The flavor is full of nice hops. There is a nice spicey and citrusy hop upfront, falling to a big sweet caramel malt, finishing with a rather bitter residual hop on my tongue. I dig it. The feel is thick and full, with a nice tight carbonation. I can't stop drinking this beer. It is just fine. The residual bitter that sits on the tongue is not offensive at all, but very crisp and refreshing. The feel is great, the caramel malt is awesome. This is a fine, fine beer. I will find this one again. Damn. Good IPA.

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Photo of mschofield
4.63/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a deep copper-brown, topped with a two finger creamy puffy khaki head, leaves big thick puffy rings of lacing, it looks like the perfect pint, the picture should be next to beer in the dictionary.
Leafy, pine, pale malt, raw and green aroma.
Citrus, biscuit, leafy taste, raw and quite leafy, citrus pith, caramel.
Nice bitterness, almost a double IPA hop level laid over an IPA malt base.
Medium bodied, a nice drinker, all the flavor, body and enjoyment of a higher ABV beer. Leaves you with good hop burps.

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Photo of stirgy
4.6/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured beautifully. Deeply clear and deep in amber color that borderlines being almost burgundy. A sticky meringue-like sand colored head topped the beer off. The attractive aroma gives off subtly sweet fruits and a pleasant grassiness (like a fresh meadow, maybe...?)

The taste is soft with bitter malts along with a very nice touch of cordial fruits. Wonderfully soft and creamy taste. This is a very smooth IPA. Any harshness is just washed away. Mellow and well-blended bittersweet and lively malts. Throughout – A totally solid and very enjoyable beer, and one I would certainly seek out again!

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Photo of mnrider
4.59/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. Brown Bottle. Nice lime green label.

A: Pours an amazing deep reddish orange with large fluffy off head. Great lacing.

S: What an awesome smell. Strong hops with buttery mint malts.

T/M: Medium bodied and smooth, hops are great. Malts are well balanced with a toasted chewy taste. Not too bitter either.

D: One of my new favorites. Forgot all about this brew. So good. I need to start getting this on the reg.


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Photo of Motozappa
4.57/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Boto
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz. bottle: Thanks to Paul Davis for the bottle! This one pours a fairly clear copper color. There was a fairly large tan head, that died down to leave some nice lacing. Nice aroma of hops. Mainly citrus and some grassiness. The taste is wonderful. Strong hops, but not overpowering. It still packs quite a bite. The hops are well balanced in their flavor. A good malt body behind it. Like Victory’s IPA’s, an excellent East Coast answer to some of the overdone West Coast IPA’s!

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Photo of DinoBlueShoes
4.54/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of wyllder
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hop Meadow pours a deep, clear orange-amber with a large, puckered beige head that lingers. It leaves a lot of sticky lacing on the glass as you go.

The smell is IPA all the way, just brimming over with bitter citrus notes. Apricot and acidic apple notes assail the nose. Fairly one-dimensional on the nose, but not in a bad way.

Taste is great. The citrus, hoppy bitterness lingers across the entire palate. Compact and forceful on the front of the palate, smoothed out somewhat by malt on the midsip and gathers just a hint of sweetness from the malt by the aftertaste, this is one tasty hop bomb.

Mouthfeel is good, though it gets sticky and resinous enough so as to avoid being truly exceptional in my book.

Drinkability is excellent. No complaints here on the choice of 22oz bombers.

This one ranks right up there with the best of them, and has certainly stormed into my list of personal favorites.


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Photo of markman
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA:

Damn fine pour and I can smell the hops already…this is gonna be good. Darkest IPA I’ve ever seen…deep crystal clear copper sits under thick tight alabaster head that just won’t quit. O my brother droogies, first sip lets us know that this is all about hops…subtle grapefruit rind but not over-the-top like some. Malt palate attempts, with some success, to provide some balance but the piney hops forevermore engage in some ultra-violence with the tongue and let’s us know that “balance” ain’t with this is all about.
An in-your-face IPA that has pushed itself in with the big boys….and dangerously drinkable as a little oiliness slips in as it warms.


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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Rich, burnished, orangish copper with a slight reddish cast when backlit. Forget the dozens upon dozens of orange-amber IPAs out there, this one is a truly beautiful color. The head is impressive in all ways that matter: size, color and consistency. It's large, pastel orange and as stiffsticky as they come. Thick, chunky, random squiggles of lace overlook a rounded mesa of slowly falling, whipped creamy foam.

Pick your superlative: outstanding, incredible, hoptastic; all apply to the nose. I know that I'm sometimes too easy to please when it comes to hoppy IPAs, but this aroma falls just short of some of my very favorites. If I didn't know that Cascade and Chinook were in use (along with Zeus and Simcoe), I might have been able to figure it out. There's a big blast of grapefruit rind (Cascade) with a more earthy, spicy, yet still citrusy hoppiness (Chinook).

I love it! The malt structure is bigger than I generally like in my top-shelf IPAs, but it works well here. What all that malt provides is a background caramel candy flavor that never surrenders to the rather generous hop load. It also provides a sweetness that one doesn't usually taste (to this degree anyway) in such a mega-hoppy IPA.

Still though, hops are king and all parties know it. There's actually a fairly high percentage of Chinook if my taste buds are any judge. Each mouthful brings a huge smackdown of candied, caramel-coated, pine sap-dipped, white grapefruit zest chunks. Hop Meadow is as well-integrated as possible while attempting to juggle such huge flavors. [idea for a promotional poster: Uncle Sam pointing at the viewer with the words 'I Want You' crossed out and 'IBU' written underneath].

The head-lace combination is even more impressive on subsequent pours. Spackle-like sheets cover all available surfaces and the cap is rejuvenated to three fingers with each addition to the glass. The body is medium-full thanks to all the malt, and the mouthfeel is pleasantly slick and as smooth as heavy silk.

Hop Meadow is a great IPA. About halfway through the bomber, I found myself with two wishes. One, that Troutbrook would distribute to this state. Two, that this nectar would be available in one liter swingtops like the premier Troutbrook beers. On second thought, screw that, put it in jeroboams guys. A big thank you to far333 for providing and to the BA who pointed me in his direction.

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Photo of far333
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep burnt orange color, with a frothy and thick apricot-colored head. The head fluffs up high like thick meringue that would support the empty bottle. Aroma is pungent and resinous, like a sniff of a bag full of oily hop cones. Hop aroma is sweet and well-balanced between citrus and pine. Flavor is rich and huge upront, assaulting the tip of the tongue with tingly tangy pine needles that transform into pale chewy malts and pulpy orange juice as it rolls across the tongue. Turns next to bitter orange peel at the finish, with a lingering bitter that sends piney notes up the back of the throat to tickle the nose (I actually sneezed). All the while the mouthfeel is smooth and full and creamy, with perfect carbonation. Oily legs of lace run down the glass from top to bottom. Another beauty from this talented brewer.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.52/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - reddish amber. Not much head, rather wispy, but lays a nice network of lace on the glass.

Aroma - caramel, biscuity grain and sweet citrus.

Taste - lots of biscuity, ESB character. Toasty malts, evenly giving way to the hops on the swallow. Pleasantly bitter, grapefruit mostly, with the palate drying out considerably on the finish. Last impressions are warmth in the throat and tasty bitter grapefruit rind.

Mouthfeel - good smoothness and body, the creaminess is a good complement to the flavor.

Drinkability - a tasty IPA with superb malt/hop presence and balance. Great session IPA.

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

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