Hoperation Ivy (Local Series #23) | Ska Brewing Co.

9 Ratings

Brewed by:
Ska Brewing Co.
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Limited limited release wet-hop IPA. This year’s "all-Colorado" batch used fresh Colorado hops from High Wire Hop Farms in Paonia, and grain from Colorado Malting Company in Alamosa.

Added by Todd on 09-09-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 9 |  Reviews: 3
Photo of aussiebeer
4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of afsdan
4.25/5  rDev +7.9%

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of eawolff99
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of spoony
3.73/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a 650 ml bottle (best by February 6, 2014) into a tulip.

A-The brew appears flat upon pouring it and the head slowly builds to a finger of light-khaki foam before dissipating to a thin cap in 30 seconds. There is some nice oily lacing at first. The beer is orange-hued and mostly clear.

S-The smell is a pleasant, but unremarkable, mixture of orange, orange zest, apricot, and caramel. There is just a hint of sweet tropical fruit, as well.

T-The taste mostly tracks the smell. Orange, dried apricot, and floral notes from the hops balance pretty well with a medium caramel malt body. The finish is a bit short for the style with a vague, vegetal bitterness.

M-The feel is medium to fuller in body for style with a semi-soft, mild carbonation.

O-This is an alright beer, but not anything I need to seek out or drink again. The hop flavor is pleasant, although I did not note anything special about the wet-hopping. The base beer is again, just OK, not unpleasant or anything, but not worth hunting for. I could have used a bit more carbonation and crispness in the feel. All-in-all, meh.

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Photo of chugalug06
3.94/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Dark copper color with nice full cream colored head. Pretty nice lacing too. Brew has great clarity and fairly deep darkness.

Fresh, crisp, clean aroma. Lightly floral with nice sweet scent. Earthy.

Carbonation is nearly perfect dryness is forgiving, but fairly prevalent in a back-set way. A very mounthy and earthy feel. Lots of smooth light apricot and pine. Nothing is heavy or over done. A solid lighter crisp refreshing APA. Not much bitterness... I could handle a bit more sharpness, but it's still a very comfortable brew...

A fantastic choice for a warm fall day. Highly recommended, a perfect lighter choice for the IPA beginner. Nice work SKA, keep em' coming.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I look forward to this beer every year, and anticipate how it changes from year to year. my first wet hop of the season too, hopefully the first of many. it pours darker than expected, coppery and well carbonated, rich looking, with a big white head that rises well above the rim of my English schooner. the nose is English malt and real vegetable type hops, chlorophyll here for sure, its got a smell like baby spinach, in a good way. the bitter and acidic element seems to blend well with the sweeter and fuller bodied English malt profile. the hops taste incredible through, high alpha for sure, and bitter, but also really clean and bright. I taste subtle lemon, and still a green vegetable essence too. body is maybe a little too full, to be critical, more malt than is necessary in a beer designed to showcase wet hops, but I like it just the same. it works in colder weather, and drinks plenty easy. great beer, this is up there with the best of the best from ska.

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4/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of Todd
3.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Hoperation Ivy (Local Series #23) from Ska Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.94 out of 5 with 9 ratings
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