Hop Whammy | Connecticut Valley Brewing

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Connecticut Valley Brewing
Connecticut, United States

Style: New England IPA

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Picked straight from the bine and thrown right into the whirlpool, our wet hop NEIPA features fresh Connecticut grown Cascade hops that are harvested the morning of the brew day. Galaxy hops accentuate the local Cascade to impart an abundance of tropical fruit aroma with an intense burst of passionfruit flavor. Clean undertones of mango and hints of pine round out this intensely hopped brew, which finishes with notes of tangerine rind and zesty pineapple.

Added by agreenman19 on 09-24-2016

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.88/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.
The appearance was a fairly thick burnt orange color with a small cap of a little white foamy head. Two velvet encased rings of lace surround my glass.
The aroma had a sweet grassy hoppiness rolling into some citrusy bitter rind with a light banana. Lighter touch of mango/papaya further on the back end.
The flavor starts bitter but slides into a quaint sweet citrusy pith/mango-ish/papaya character. Quick grassy/mango/papaya aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a fair sipping quality about it. Nice expected low key carbonation but a slight hoppy harshness bit at my tongue subtly. Nothing to be annoyed about, just noticeable. Semi-dry with a mild hop spicy finish.
Overall, pretty good New England styled UPS I could come back to. Thanks Drew.

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Photo of Mleblanc25
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ImHoppyNow
3.65/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gajo74
4.28/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a very hazy golden color with an orange and beige hue. A fluffy head shows good retention, a creamy layer of film, and lathery lacing.
A moderate burst of tropical aromas opens the nose, evoking papaya, mango and banana. There is an intermittent aroma of herbal dank throughout, subtle bready malts, and a fleeting burst of tangy citrus pith.
Fruity tropical flavors align with the aroma and dominate the early tasting, albeit with a somewhat subdued intensity. Flavors of grapefruit rind begin to develop in the middle palate and lead to a bitter finish. Piny, leafy and mildly peppery hops flavors also develop and somewhat take over midway. Hops flavors dominate the dry cracker malt base overall, muted fruit that is not too sweet and herbal hops that are not too bitter but provide plenty of spice.
Medium bodied with a moderate prickle in the carbonation. Although the mouthfeel has a nice softness to it, it does however, manage to have a bit of crispness; the best of both worlds.
I liked this one because it combined some nice aspects of NEIPA with some bitterness, spice and crispness.

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Photo of metter98
4.21/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is very hazy yellow in color. It poured with with a finger high white head that gradually died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell, having light flavors of grapefruit.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a little crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice aromas and flavors of grapefruit that aren’t too strong or acidic.

Serving type: can

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Photo of Wizzle32
4.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Wheels2532
4.01/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hozersr
4.17/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Casey3236
4.4/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Noelito76
4.1/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Diura
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of revonoc
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dbl_delta
4.37/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can dated 9/21/18 into pint glass. Pours a murky amber with a thin, off-white head. Initial impression is grapefruit juice, pine, and pineapple. Given the appearance, I was expecting a mellow NEIPA. This is not a mellow NEIPA. It has a definite bite to it, but it's not bitter. I don't know how they did that, but it's extremely drinkable. Mouthfeel is medium and not particularly smooth, yet perfectly highlights the hops. Finish is more of the same, with very little lingering bitterness. My second beer from this brewery, and they were both excellent.

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Photo of Orny18
4.54/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.19/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BrewDawg1123
5/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Greywulfken
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Another great beer! Opaque pale gold with a coupla fingers of white head on top... Canned 9/21/18 and featuring Cascade and Galaxy hops - wet-hopped - this is an excellent, fresh-tasting amalgam of clean pine and tangy pith... The pithiness is suggestive of grapefruit, with some hints of lime sharpening the edges, and a fresh breath of pine airing the whole affair out... Light-medium body-weight and feel, with ample carbonation, a solid bitterness and a subdued sweetness... Easily the type of beer you stick with all night...

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Photo of IdrinkGas
4.34/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dms
4.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

They got this one right. Seems to me that they started with Trailblazer, toned down the abv a bit, balanced the taste and somehow pulled it all together. This is the best yet to come from this brewery. Yeah the fresh wet hops are a thing onto themselves. But that’s not whats making this beer great.

Reminds me of a cross between a Julius and an Alter Ego with a little less of the floral banana yeast up front that characterizes Treehouse (for me). Excellent quality. Carbonation is ‘special’ - a little different. Feels like lots of tiny bubbles yet totally smooth. You can practically chew on the hops. I don’t find it sweet at all but it’s also not too bitter. Really one of the best off the shelf beers in a long time. Comparable in quality to something like Industrial Arts Wrench.

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Photo of Sipervated
4.23/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

An amazingly smooth beer with a great flavor profile from start to finish. While this is certainly a hoppy beer, the hops are well balanced with juicy flavor that's not too sweet. Certainly worth a try if you have the opportunity.

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Photo of meatyard
4.04/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of CoasterGuy
3.8/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ScaryEd
3.73/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 16 oz can into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a finger of effervescent white head. The head is gone in a hurry, leaving a ring of lacing as it settles into a thin sheet.

The aroma brings notes of lime, grapefruit and pineapple. There's a sweet caramel note on the back. A bit muted but pleasant.

The flavor brings loads of pineapple and key lime pie, followed by some citrus and sweet malt. Finishes faintly bitter, earthy and piney.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft, creamy and smooth.

Overall, a good, well-balanced IPA that is full of tropical and citrus fruit flavors with plenty of malt to back them up.

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Photo of GHow
4.41/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

10 oz can dated 9/10. Take a plane and climb into a thick dark gold cloud I'd call it a Hop Whammy. Great tasting smooth hop IPA. Love local product that our brewers are now using. I hope this one comes back again next season. Get it while you here.

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Hop Whammy from Connecticut Valley Brewing
Beer rating: 4.25 out of 5 with 60 ratings