Steamworks Hop Attack Fresh Hop IPA

Reviewed by on November 17, 2015 in Autumn Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Steamworks Brewing Company

  • Origin: Vancouver, BC, CA

  • Rated On: November 17, 2015

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 6.0%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: American IPA

  • Rating: OKAY

The Review

Vancouver’s Steamworks gets on the harvest hop train, with this 650ml bottle, wrapped in a brown paper bag of sorts, which details the brewery’s collaboration with Sartori Farms and their fresh hops, info lacking on the bottle label itself.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with one chubby finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and barely bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some spectral tree branch lace around the glass as things get a move on.

It smells of musty pine needles and muddled citrus fruit, bready pale and caramel malt, a twinge of earthy yeast, and further leafy, floral, and fairly perfumed hop bitters. The taste is more perfumed florals, wet pine forest floor, some gritty pale malt graininess, a receding caramel sweetness, chalky kids’ candies (appropriate for the season, I suppose), and a generic underripe orchard fruitiness. The bubbles are decently motivated to sell their brand of adequately supportive frothiness, the body on the light side of yer typical middleweight, and generally smooth, the hops not really possessing any wherewithal, especially the sort inclined to mess around at this juncture. It finishes off-dry, the muted fruitiness exhibiting some staying power, alongside a staid maltiness, and some further green estery notes.

Yeah, for an IPA, this doesn’t really blow up my skirt – no acrid palate incursion, no big pine, citrus, or what have you bitterness. Maybe the less concentrated nature of wet hops (particularly those grown at a relatively northern latitude) contributes to the overall underwhelming effect here, so the best thing that I can say about this, is that it might have made a pleasant enough Yankee-style pale ale.

Brady White

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