thehopshunter thehopshunter

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TheHopsHunter  Hunting down world-class and under-the-radar beers throughout the Northeast and beyond. Open to cold, fresh trades in CT and SE NY 🍻

Many people on the Instaweb have been yapping with disappointment lately about beers from @hudsonvalleybrewery. Aside from one unbalanced beer last month, HVB is consistently dropping 🔥 and the complainers are showing themselves as crybabies with one-dimensional palates. Ok, the beer... Ceremony is a 7% SIPA with melon, green tea, banana, lime and milk sugar that changes dramatically as it warms. Nose is lime with a hint of that banana, along with cinnamon and nutmeg. That first cold sip is acidic, with lots of lime and a touch of grapefruit. But as Ceremony warms, it mellows big time, with that banana and cantaloupe pushing their way forward. The oats, milk sugar, starchy banana and melon support a magically creamy medium-full body. Ceremony is one of HVB’s most visually beautiful beers. Love that @evanmcohen can art. Big 🙏 to @hops_and_friends for a rainy assist on this one 🍻 -
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The crazy record chill in the Northeast this month has given me the stout itch lately. So I broke out Single Shot, a 6.4% coffee milk stout from @treehousebrewco - blows me away that as masterful as TH is in the haze game, they have consistently killed on stouts as well. Single Shot is a basic offering, but nothing simple about this beer. Virtually no nose, but it puts you on a flavor roller coaster, starts toasty, then delivers notes of brandy, dark chocolate and coffee. Sweetness hits you hard midway through. Tiny carbonation just right for a stout and a medium-thick mouthfeel redolent of a higher ABV stout. Perfect stout for the last hurrah of cold temps 🍻 -
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Drinking this beer left me speechless. Seriously THAT good. As in, best-of-2019-so-far-good. @otherhalfnyc All Citra Everything (Experimental Version) is flat out straight tangerine dreamsicle. Zero bitterness. Not even a hint on the finish. A bit of pineapple and lemon on the nose and flavors of the same, but this beer is predominantly citrus sunshine in a can. Creamy, silky mouthfeel. I wanted to savor this beer but had zero willpower. The epitome of a dangerously crushable 8.5% IIPA. 🤝 @fantastic.beers for this gift from the haze gods. -
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Wasn’t it only about 12 months ago when TIPAs were mostly unbalanced and difficult to get through a can? The craft beer industry is like skateboarding and snowboarding 15 years ago, when progression and creativity happened so rapidly. My last can of @eqbrewery Laboratory Waves, a 10.2% TIPA that is so dangerously smooth and easy drinking. Drinking this beer is like being a pinball... I kept getting knocked around from one flavor to another with every sip - mango, tangerine, peach, lime, freshly mowed grass, orange creamsicle. Seriously, nothing like the EQ Juice 🍻 -
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One of the benefits of @hudsonvalleybrewery beers with acidic fruit adjuncts is that they tend to hold quite well. Yesterday, I opened my last can of Symmetrical Garden almost three months after canning. This 8% Citra-hopped sour DIPA - with pineapple purée, caramel, coconut flakes, vanilla, milk sugar and Narino and Machado coffees - has mellowed a bit. Also, the coffee finish that bothered some people a few months ago has disappeared. The dominant pineapple has morphed into orange marmalade and ginger flavors for me, with a sweet caramel coating of the tongue on the finish. Symmetrical doesn’t make it into my HVB top 10, but I dig this beer nonetheless 🍻 -
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A Nightmare on George Street tastes more like a beautiful dream, IMHO. Really felt like this 8.2% DIPA collab from @eviltwinbrewingnyc + @eqbrewery didn’t get the widespread love that it deserved. Strong nose of tangerine and Bubblicious fumes, with a flavor turn toward overripe mango, guava and papaya. ANoGS is definitely sweet, but not overly so, and the sticky resin and lingering bitterness add another dimension to this creamy, medium bodied tropical bomb. Best Evil Twin beer I’ve had in a while and the EQ juice influence is on full display. 🤝 @thebeerjew_89 for the assist 🍻 -
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Well, I wrote an awesome review of this beer and of course It did the Insta disappearing act... so I’ll give you the short version... Fauxmenclature from @proclamationale is probably the best beer I’ve ever had from Proc. And this can is almost two months old. 8.3% and DDH. Five different hops, including under-appreciated El Dorado and Azacca, along with Citra, Mosaic and Galaxy. Nose is dank, grassy, with serious hop fumes. Taste is a flavor explosion of mango, lychee, white peach, white grapes and papaya. Sweet, resinous, medium bodied and creamy. The beer finishes by slamming you with a bitter wake-up call. Seriously well done, Proc! 🤜🏻🤛🏻 @hoppyvoyage for sending this from one end of CT to the other 🍻 -
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When @jsinger_88 told me he was driving thru Herndon on his way back home from RVA, I suggested a stop at @aslinbeerco. I’ve been experiencing @zacross withdrawal since he left Kent Falls for Aslin, so I was pretty stoked to have JDS share his haul with me. Aslin’s Apizza (please pronounce it uh-BEETZ in deference to New Haven’s status as pizza epicenter of the US!) is a 6% sour with watermelon, raspberry, blackberry, mint, toasted coconut and milk sugar. With that adjunct mix, I was worried about a muddled stew with every sip. Not to be concerned though... the watermelon and mint were hidden, but the raz and blackberry were very prominent. As the beer warmed, that coconut showed itself on the back of the tongue. At times, Apizza tasted like a mix of @newparkbrewing Blender Raspberry and @hudsonvalleybrewery Eveningland. It’s really that good. 🍻 -
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Feels so good to be back from my little Passover hiatus ... drinking a @monkishbrewing Water Balloon Fighters. This 8.4% DIPA has the hops troika that produces beer nirvana for me personally: Mosaic, Citra and Simcoe. The result is a sensory overload of hop candy aromas and flavors... tangerine, pineapple, ruby red grapefruit, pineapple. Even with pronounced sweetness and hop resins dancing on the surface, WBF is so insanely smooth. What an outstanding beer. Thanks @fantastic.beers for this heavenly hops gift! 🍻 -
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It’s been forever since I’ve had a beer from @rootandbranchbrewing ... maybe since the days of CT drops with @twelve.percent.beer.project. So I was excited when @thebeerjew_89 bombed my porch with a few cans of Growing Up Absurd. Nose on this beer is a combination of pineapple, orange and sugary hop candy fumes. Flavor follows with addition of overripe mango and papaya. Mouthfeel is insanely creamy, compliments of those oats. Persistent, but not overbearing, bitterness that tingles on the tongue. Glad I have another can and happy to have R+B back in my fridge 🍻 -
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Wile is a perfect name for this 7.4% IPA from @foxfarmbeer, mainly because I was wiled into thinking this single-hopped (Citra) beer would be light and simple. Not the case. Dank, grassy nose with hints of pineapple. Then, a flavor explosion that leads with tangerine, then follows with mango, lemon, peach and more of that pineapple. Wile is smooth, medium bodied, mellow - while still managing to be packed with flavor. No bitterness, but still incredibly balanced. This is my ideal of what a perfect IPA should be. FF continues to impress. 🙌🏼 @jthecoff for sharing this beauty with me. -
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La Schmoove from @monkishbrewing is the embodiment of its name. This 8.2% DIPA with Mosaic and Galaxy is so damn smooth. Nose is pretty dank. Taste ranges from pineapple to mango, bubblegum and tangerine. Zero bitterness. Impressed that flavors are really popping in a two-month old beer. I could get used to drinking Monkish on the regular. Another gem 🙏 to @fantastic.beers 🍻 -
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