Brewer: HideOut Craft Brewery (Philippines)
Style: American IPA
Review Year: 2020
Following the success of his Hazy or New England IPA, HopBrother, Tatz Ang of HideOut Craft Brewery continues his streak of crafting no-frills beers with the “West Coast IPA,” HopChild.
Read More: HideOut Craft Brewery “HopBrother” Hazy IPA
This beer is being evaluated as an American IPA (21A) 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.
HopChild is a clear beer with a deep gold color. The head is cream in color with very good retention. The aroma profile opens up with moderate aromas of tangerines, caramel, and indistinct fruity floral notes. HopChild is medium in body and has a moderate level of carbonation. Between hops and malts, the former influences the perceived flavor balance more. Hop characteristics include prominent pine, resin, grapefruit, and faint grass-like notes. The supporting malt flavors come in the form of caramel. Bready notes surface as the beer warms. Meanwhile, hints of black pepper and star anise are present in the background but surface more as the beer warms up. HopChild leaves the palate puckery, a sensation akin to eating lychees. A long-lasting impression of tangerines, black pepper, and star anise is present after a sip. Add some accents of lychees and bread in there as well.
Before HopChild, Tatz released HopBrother, a Hazy IPA / New England IPA that nailed the fundamentals of the style. With HopChild, Tatz creates another no-frills “West Coast” IPA or American IPA. It is very clean and stays true to style with the appropriate level of perceived bitterness among others. The further versions may have more intense aromas and slightly more carbonation.
HopSizz just got released. Do we see HopMama and HopPapa as well?
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