This time around we are drinking something of a hidden gem from Western Massachusetts. I was exploring the beer aisle at a liquor store outside my usual stomping grounds when I came upon a fairly nondescript looking bottle. The name Brewmaster Jack printed in all caps is what first caught my eye; I’ve had a few of their beers before at work during one of our Beer Fridays. The name Hoppiness Is a Warm Pun I’ll admit got to me and convinced me to pick it up.
Beer Name: Hoppiness Is a Warm Pun
Brewer: Brewmaster Jack
Description: A Double IPA brewed with a Valley Malt grains and hopped with Motueka and Galaxy. There is a sticker with a bottled on date of 03/25/2015 attached to the cap and this was consumed fresh on 04/24/2015. The label boldly claims “This beer is sublime.” Challenge accepted.
Pour Info: Poured from a refrigerated bottle into a snifter glass.
Price: $7.99 for a 22 oz. bomber.
Appearance: Light golden/orange body. Slight foam lacing fades to sides but there is not much in the way of a head.
Smell: Big burst of fruit on the pour. In the glass tropical fruits pared with bitterness.
Taste: Citrusy bitterness upfront that peaks somewhere mid sip. Finish is tropical fruits and milder bitterness. At times the beer has zesty lemon and perhaps a peppery taste, but for the most part fruits and fresh hoppy bitterness dominate. As the beer warms the bitterness does mellow a bit and blends more into the fruits.
Mouth Feel: Medium body, right in line with the style. Carbonation is also just right, nice bubbles on your tongue but not so much that they are a distraction.
Hype Factor: I had some good hopes for this beer based on previous experiences with the brewery but really didn’t know what to expect.
Overall: Definitely enjoyed this beer. It was a very nice beer and I would recommend picking one up if you see it around.