The Hop Concept Hull Melon & Blanc IPA

Tonight’s selection is another beer from The Hop Concept. I’ve had a few beers from them and been impressed, but this one didn’t leave me floored.


ABV: 8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our Hop Freshener series simplifies your choice of which beer to enjoy right now. Just read the name and you’ll know exactly what to expect. Each season, we release a limited edition using different aromatic and flavorful hop combinations to bring out a specific character. All IPAs and all crafted by The Hop Concept, the same team of lifelong brewers behind Port Brewing Company.”

Random: There was no information on the website about this specific beer and it looks like they changed the label design, although the website still reflects the old labels.

This beer poured with a thick, one finger, pure white head. The head stuck around forever and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light yellow with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of bright citrus notes. Specifically, I picked up orange and light floral notes. The taste also had the same citrus as the primary flavor. Oranges and grapefruit segments were there. The floral note was there as well, but not very prevalent. I didn’t pick up any of the melon or strawberry notes that the bottle promised, which was disappointing. The body was light and the alcohol dried the beer out a bit. It had a quick, bitter finish with citrus. A bomber of this was $7 ($.32 per ounce). I wasn’t a huge fan of this beer and was definitely the worst of the series.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

The Hop Concept Tropical & Juicy IPA (Hop Freshener Series)

It’s finally Friday! Again, still not a big deal for me since I work Saturdays, but at least I’m getting close to my day off. Let’s pop this bottle open and get right into it.


ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Aromas of floral citrus and mango dominate this release. While the flavor leads with a burst of bright papaya, pineapple and tangerine, and finishes with hints of spice from the hops and a clean, sweet malt undertone.”

Random: This is only the second beer that I’ve had from the series, but I’m really enjoying them so far.

This beer poured with a three and a half finger, pure white head. It dissipated slowly and left significant lacing on my IPA glass. The body had some cloudiness to it and was a bright orange color. There was a lot of carbonation visible as well. The nose was ridiculous. I picked up lots of tropical hops, notes of mango, pineapple and papaya came through. Grapefruit and tangerines came out next without any noticeable malt. The taste was really nice. It had mango and pineapple, then quickly went into grapefruit flesh and Cara Cara oranges. Again, no real malt presence, which I think would have made this beer outstanding. The beer was on the oily side with high carbonation. It had a lengthy finish with grapefruit flesh and bitterness. The booze on this hit right at the back of throat, but wasn’t off-putting. A bomber set me back $7, which came to $.32 per ounce. I really enjoyed this beer, but I think if it had a touch of malt, it would have really made it a great beer.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

The Hop Concept Citrus & Piney IPA (Hop Freshener Series)

It’s finally the weekend. The only things that I have accomplished so far was eating Chinese food and watching tv. I don’t think that’s a bad thing, especially since I’ll be doing chores tomorrow. Let’s talk about this beer. It’s from a brewery that I know absolutely nothing about. Hopefully it’s good.

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ABV: 8.5%

Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Bold orange peel and honey aromas with a faint hint of bready malt define this IPA. The citrus and piney are both on full display, with tangerine and grapefruit notes that lead to a crisp spicy finish.”

Random: Our first rose bloomed in the front. I hope we get a few more. There a few buds on one of the plants.

This beer poured with a two and a half, thick, cream-colored head. It dissipated slowly and left a lot of lacing on the glass. The body was a warm, orange color with no visible carbonation. It was also quite cloudy. The nose was intense and bright with lots of pine resin and grapefruit flesh. Grapefruit zest was also present without any noticeable malt. The taste was very bitter. There was a lot of pine resin and grapefruit pith. There was booze was present as well. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation. It had one of the longest finishes that I’ve ever had on a beer. It was bitter and piney and very dry. For $6.99 a bomber, which was $.32 per ounce, which was a good price for a very flavorful beer. This beer is certainly worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0