Tasting: May 11, 2012
After a week in the Caribbean, we arrived home from the airport late Saturday with a couple of pizzas in hand, two exhausted kids and hopefully a lifetime memory or two. After dropping off the suitcases by the empty laundry baskets, I headed for the beer fridge to find something that would wash away the memory of a weekâ€™s worth of lightweight Caribbean lagers. Tucked way in the back, I spotted a couple remaining Hopslams. Those needed to be consumed â€“ not only because they were reaching the end of their useful life â€“ but because they would certainly do the trick.
Before we left â€“ I didnâ€™t do much in the way of beer shopping and my shelf inventory retreated to the point where I could easily see the back wall. I made the rounds to my usual places this week â€“ but was really left uninspired at the offerings. I just left the land of lawn mower beer only to see waves of summer ales filling up shelves here. I guess I still need an antidote. The other night, a stout (and a good one), tonight a dry-hopped double IPA.
This one is described on the packaging as being sweet upfront with a strong hop profile on the finish. The label also puts this one at 9.2% ABV — so it seems that it has some gravity to it. Also says that it’s double dry hopped — meaning kiln dried hops are “tea bagged” in the wort — twice. It doesn’t take long to see that this is all hop and nothing but hop. Earthy, pepper and black tea hops dominate. Not sure what they meant about sweetness — because there’s nothing really up front. I like my ales with some balance – so not having that sweetness to offset the bitterness is kind of disappointing. If I knew this was hop-centric, I would have a different perspective and different score — but I’ll put it at 86. I’ll have to circle back on this one with a new perspective.