Once again Silver Moon has brewed a fresh hop IPA using locally grown hops. This American IPA has a smaller, than its brethern HOPopatamus, 6.0% ABV.
So, take our already splendly hopped HopNob IPA and brew it with 100% Oregon Grown Raw Centennial Hops . . . . and put it on tap! Pouring now till it’s gone. Get yours!
Hop Knob pours an orangish gold color. Head is a spotty collection of bubbles that you can trace all the way from the bottom of the glass. Lacing is as big as one would expect from an IPA of this style.
The nose on this beer is big on fruit. Orange and grapefruit scents are so powerful that it smells like it’s from concentrate. Hints of deep fry batter are present, but not so much that it is unappetizing.
A simple way to sum up the flavor of this beer is pine needles soaked in orange juice. It almost tastes like a Gin and Juice (gin and orange juice), but without that alcoholic kick. Grassy hops comes in toward the end and mellow everything out.
Mouthfeel is light and creamy. The beer evaporates quickly, which isn’t something that happens often with IPAs. It goes down with a bit of a burn, but doesn’t leave too much stickiness or clinging.
I can’t think of the last time I had two beers of the “same style” back to back and had them taste so different: HOPop was piney where as Hop Knob was fruity. Silver Moon’s motto must be leave them wanting more, because their beers seem to do that. Another success.
Overall: 7.5 out of 10
As an INDIA PALE ALE: 8 out of 10
FOR FANS OF: Silver Moon HOPOPATAMUS, Sierra Nevada ESTATE WET HOP, Bear Republic WET HOP