Friday, April 24, 2020

Honolulu Beerworks Hop Island IPA

Beer Name: Hop Island IPA
Brewery: Honolulu Beerworks (Honolulu, HI)
ABV: 7.0%

How sold: 12 oz cans, on draft
Where bought: Times Supermarket (Honolulu, HI)
Price: $12.98 for six pack of 12 oz cans

Date Canned: February 22, 2020(?)
Date Bought: March 21, 2020
Date Drank: March 21, 2020
When brewed? Year-round beer.
IBU: 80

What's on the Can: "A bold, dank, and resiny West Coast style IPA loaded with citrus hop aromas and flavors."

What's on the Website: "A bold, dank, and resiny IPA loaded with a melody of hop aromas and flavors. This brilliant golden ale packs a punch at 7% ABV and 80 IBUs, yet finishes crisp, inviting another sip."

Hops: Columbus, Anarillo, Citra, Mosaic.

Awards: 2016 International Beer Cup Silver Medal Winner; 2017 International Beer Cup Silver Medal Winner

Where distributed: Honolulu Beerworks distributes to Hawaii.

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a taster glass. Frothy white head, but virtually no lacing. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Balanced citrus, pine, dank, and floral hop. Perhaps more floral than other qualities at times. 4/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose. Dank/resinous hoppy from the start, with citrus grapefruit and hop floral experience. Malty but allows the dankness to shine. Assertive citrus bitterness on the aftertaste. A traditional West Coast-style IPA. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-full bodied, good carbonation. Malty mouthfeel with slight dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An awesome IPA. Nice full-bodied nature here. More or less a balanced West Coast-style IPA, and the bitter hoppiness complements. Perhaps on some days, it might feel a tad too floral, but I'll still drink it. Overall, I'm a fan. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.038/5

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