Hop Seeker

Texas
United States
Deep Ellum Hop Seeker Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
80
Aroma:
22 / 24
Flavor:
32 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Hop Seeker #1 is the first installment of our quarterly IPA series, a 100% wet hop ale. We used fresh cut Centennial hops in the initial boil and will use fresh cut Equinox hops in the dry hop! Equinox is a newer variety that has a pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics, including lemon, lime and papaya. By using such an unholy amount of wet hops in copious late additions, we coaxed aromas of citrus, melon and resin from the green beasties. Wet hops all the way through!

Profile

ABV: 
5.6%
Hops: 
Centennial, Equinox
Judges Review 
Rodney A. Tillinghast's picture
Judges Rating:
80
Aroma:
22 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
32 / 40
Mouthfeel:
6 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

Today’s sample is a delightfully intense hop-forward American Pale Ale, one that easily satisfies with its earthy and floral, yet rustic, flavor and aroma. It lacks some of the characteristic bitterness typical of the style, but is still a fun pour nonetheless.

It poured forth a hazy, dark orange color, lifting a lovely off-white head towards the top of the glass. Its hazy demeanor left me in anticipation of an eagerly-awaited dry-hopped product. Upon tasting, I wasn't disappointed. The beer reveals an explosive amount of hop flavor, supported by a sweet crackery malt backbone. The beer finished quite light in body with a quick and smooth finish. 

Overall, this offering seems like a nice drinker, especially for those who appreciate an American Pale Ale that delivers a more subtle hop bitterness while still providing a terrific hop-focused flavor blast.