Okay. I admit that I’m addicted to hops. We all knew I couldn’t stay away from hops forever anyway, right? And there are lots of hoppy beers coming up around Thanksgiving-ish or whenever I get into reviewing holiday beers, since about half of holiday beers (like Sierra Nevada’s Celebration Ale) are fresh hop IPAs… Consider this a warm-up.
Name: Good Hope IPA
Origin: 75th Street Brewery, Kansas City, MO
Style: American IPA
ABV: not listed
IBU: not listed
I drank this: on tap at Barley’s, Overland Park, KS
This is a gorgeous medium coppery-orange, lightly clouded beer with a light foamy head. It’s pretty, like autumn leaf-colored. It smells of herbs and citrus rind – bright and sharp, but sadly faint. I had to really sniff hard to get much of a scent.
The beer has malty undertones which range from very pale malts (think white bread) to biscuits to caramels. The malts are noticeable right at first sip and in the aftertaste. Most of the experience of drinking the beer is all hop, brightly herbal hops with slight punches of citrus. This beer doesn’t say sunshine to me the way some superhopped beers do – it’s so herbal that I think of a grassy patch of garden instead, all lemon thyme and rosemary.
The only problem I have with this beer is the aftertaste. The malts are pale and get a bit sour at the end, and the hoppy aftertaste goes really bitter (even to me). This is definitely a “drink with food” beer – this is the type of aftertaste that is easily killed with a bite of food. Fortunately, the hop profile here isn’t so strong that it’ll kill your palate either, so you’re safe to enjoy whatever you want with it.
The hop profile is interesting in a way that I’d like to marinate a chicken in some Good Hope and see what happens – it might create a really awesome dinner. It’d probably also make for a really fun round of beer can chicken, but, you know, in June or July or something. It’s getting too cool outside to want to spend any time tending a grill.