Hopkeeper

Virginia
United States
Hopkeeper, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
35 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20
Description 

Hopkeeper is Double IPA brewed with Falconers Flight hops and a healthy dose of Virginia wildflower honey. Using Falconers Flight Hops provides a punch of pineapple and orange zest aromatics that compliments the subtle mead like qualities offered by the honey added to the beer in a secondary fermentation process. Virginia owned Murphy and Rude Malting Company provided pale and pilsner malts as well as malted wheat and oats. Bitterness is relatively low at 30 IBU in this well balanced 8.5 % Double IPA.

Profile

ABV: 
8.5%
IBUs: 
30
Served at: 
45º F
Hops: 
Falconer's Flight
Malts: 
Pale Malt, Pilsner Malt
Judges Review 
Michael Heniff's picture
Judges Rating:
88
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
35 / 40
Mouthfeel:
10 / 10
Overall Impression:
17 / 20

Hopkeeper by Hardywood Park Craft Brewery is a Double IPA and is being evaluated as a Double IPA (category 22A in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). The focus of the Double IPA style is hops, hops and more hops. Additionally, despite being a high-alcohol content style, Double IPAs are fairly drinkable and lack a heavy malty body, which are more typical traits of beers of this strength. Hopkeeper was brewed with Virginia-grown malt and Virginia honey and measures in at 8.5% ABV.

Hopkeeper pours light golden in color with excellent clarity and a huge white head. The aroma is moderate orange and pineapple hops over a light grainy malt. The flavor is similar with moderately citrusy hops over a light grainy and crackery malt. The beer finishes moderately bitter with moderate citrusy and resiny hops and a light grainy malt.

Hopkeeper is a solid hop-forward ale, but the hop intensity is on the low side for the Double IPA style. Exceptional Double IPAs also typically have a more complex hop character. Regardless, check out this very good Double IPA. Hopheads will not be disappointed.

Brewery Introduction

Brewing With Purpose: Hardywood continues to develop and deliver on its mission with a sharp focus on brewing quality, sourcing local, environmental stewardship, community engagement, and giving back.

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