It’s been a challenging day both at work and at home and I really needed a beer. Having a cold the last several days hasn’t helped the stress of getting ready to leave. As we get closer to our vacation next week, the stress seems to be mounting. I picked up this beer during our trip up to Mayo Clinic in Minnesota a few weeks ago. I enjoy IPAs and thought this one looked good from a Minnesota brewery I hadn’t heard of before.
Location: Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 7.5% ABV, 75 IBUs, 8 SRM, ~ 250 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden orange in color, and a little hazy, with a thin head that fell to just a thin layer of tiny bubbles across the top of the glass. Although the head was thin, it left some nice lacing on the glass. There’s a mostly citrus aroma with some orange peel and grassiness.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is somewhat smooth and creamy. The flavor up front is sweet, with plenty of citrusy hop flavor. The creaminess transitions to the middle, still supported by a good amount of citrusy hop flavor. In the finish, the citrusy hop bitterness comes through a bit and lasts for a minute or so in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This beer has a lot of sweet, citrusy hop flavors, and I’d pair it with something that helps to cut through the sweetness a bit, but benefits from the citrusy flavors. It went very nicely with the spicy chicken pad Thai I had for dinner, with the flavors helping to cut down on the spiciness, and adding to the complexity of the meal.
Overall Impression: This beer had a lot of sweetness, but the flavor was all citrusy hops, from start to finish. I enjoyed the hop flavors, but would have liked a bit more malt complexity to back it up. The beer did deliver on its name – Hop Dish – as it was a bit like drinking citrusy hop juice. As a bit of a hophead, I enjoyed the flavor, but those who don’t like hops should stay away from this one. It didn’t have a ton of bitterness, but it did have a lot of flavor. Overall, it wasn’t bad, but I do wish it would have had a bit more bready or caramel maltiness.