Hopopotamus Oak Aged IPA – Big Rock Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Hopopotamus Oak Aged IPA (Limited edition), 6.8% ABV, 650ml., (Vancouver, BC, Canada) (*local BC craft beer)


on the back label:

“Surprisingly smooth with a booming bite, this IPA is big on flavour. Hopopotamus packs a punch of citrus and pine, and finishes with the vanilla and caramel sweetness of oak.”

(back)


  • Style: (oak aged) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Tangy citrus piney sweet toffee vanilla malt soft bitter
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6.70 CAD – 650ml., September 2017
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: yep

Visual: Pours opaque orange-brown with a very small 1mm lasting head, ultra fine layer of retention, scattered steady micro streams.

Nose: orange-piney citrus floral bright hop oils (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: crisp thicker, heavy sweet malt impression, creamy tingly mouthfeel

Mid-palate: (lvl-6-sweetness), tangy mandarin orange overtones, smooth toffee malt, light oak vanilla, green piney notes

Finish: lingering pine hops, a burst of hop bitter

Summary: Excellent complexity and balance in this one, with the oak playing a prominent yet balanced role in adding warmth and slight woodiness to the citrus piney base IPA. The transition from citrus to oak character is very pleasant and unique. Recommended.

Wet Hop IPA (Cascade) – Big Rock Urban Brewery (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

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Wet Hop IPA (Cascade hops) *seasonal brew* – Big Rock Urban Brewery , 5% ABV, 650ml., (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) (*local craft beer*)

  • Style: (Wet hopped) India Pale Ale
  • Taste: Dry butterscotch malt
  • Where I got it : BC Liquor Stores
  • How much: $6 – 650ml., November 2015
  • Do I love this enough to drink it again: no
  • Would I recommend this to beer aficionados: not too special

Visual: Pours tawny brown with a small creamy dissipating head, large sediment, sticky lacing with a layer of retention, a few singular slow streams.

Nose: lightly burnt butterscotch caramel, interesting. (lvl-8)-pungency

Attack: underwhelming flat CO2

Mid-palate: creamy, (lvl-1)-dry/sweetness, (MAIN) butterscotch, barley malt

Finish: bready, subtle bitter hopped, dry malty finish.

Summary: Doesn’t drink like an IPA at all and I’m not getting a whole lot of “green” hoppy freshness.