Name: Snoop Hopp
Brewer: BrewHeart (Germany)
Style: Specialty IPA
Review Year: 2021
BrewHeart from Germany is hoppin’ like it’s hot with Snoop Hopp, a hazy/ juicy Triple IPA. Clocking in at 10% ABV, Snoop Hopp is a superbly drinkable beer that features Nectaron, Strata, Citra, and Simcoe hops as well as barley, wheat, and oat malts.
This “Triple IPA” is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA (21B) in the context of the 2015 Beer Style Guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). The most current version of the guidelines can be found on the BJCP website.
As of this writing, the “Triple IPA,” particularly the hazy and juicy variant, is not yet an official/ explicit style and, thus, lacks a comprehensive set of guidelines by the BJCP. However, the Brewers Association (BA) had already provisioned guidelines for the “Juicy or Hazy Imperial or Double India Pale Ale” in the 2018 update of their Beer Style Guidelines. This style appears to be the closest benchmark for these hazy and juicy “Triple IPAs.” An article written by Randy Mosher in 2020 could also be referred to for additional hallmarks of the style:
- Haziness from a radical dry-hopping not from the yeast;
- Aroma of tropical fruits, stone-fruits, and/or bright citrus;
- Viscous and creamy mouthfeel;
- Mild bitterness;
- ABV of around 10%;
- Dry-hopped twice or thrice;
- Water used is tilted toward calcium chloride to enhance the creamy presentation;
- Fermented usually with an English strain, but “Conan” is the most notable;
- Bigger examples should be exploding with hops aroma and very rich and full on the palate;
- Balance can sometimes tilt away from drinkability;
- Lactose is an optional ingredient;
- Very young versions can display a peppery “hop burn” on the finish;
- Well-brewed and well-packaged versions may stay perfectly lovely for a couple of months; and
- Less prone to oxidation relative to classic IPAs.
Hazy straw with a white medium-low head. Initially, moderately low fruity aromas of ripe pineapple, peach, lemon, and grapefruit were noted. As the beer settled, the pineapple and peach aromas akin to fruit cocktail became more pronounced with subtle cantaloupe and alcohol. Medium body and carbonation; very smooth. The familiar citrus and tropical fruits resurfaced as prominent flavors and were accompanied by subtle resiny, cantaloupe, herbal, and floral notes. Low bready malt backbone; medium-low bitterness and residual sweetness. Lingering notes of mango peel, grapefruit, and lychee brought this beer to a close.
These hazy/ juicy Triple IPAs still lack a comprehensive set of formal guidelines, and it seems with Snoop Hopp, we are back to the drawing board in finding the true essence of this style. If there are a few things this hazy/ juicy Triple IPA can contribute to the working definition of the style, it is having a very drinkable and smooth character– no alcohol harshness and cloying sweetness on the palate despite clocking in at an ABV of around 10%.
Meanwhile, hop aroma and flavor showcased the bright citrusy, stone fruit, and tropical fruit qualities similar to a typical New England IPA, but we think the malt presence can still be more explicit. All in all, Snoop Hopp is an excellent beer. We look forward to trying more beers from BrewHeart.
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