“Our brewers’ intention on Hops Infusion was to create a complexity of hops flavor and aromas, not found in any other beer. Made with seven hop varieties, this deep copper-orange IPA is loaded with juicy hop notes of pine, lemon zest, and a layer of pink grapefruit and a strong foundation of toasted caramel malts underneath it all give this beer a complexity that’s unparalleled.”
This beer pours amber in color and leaves about two fingers worth of sticky, white head clinging to the side of the glass.
There are hints of caramel and lots of grapefruit in the nose. So far, it smells like a well-balanced American IPA.
A first sip reveals a mix of citrusy hops…grapefruit and lemons…as well as that bit of caramel that I caught in the nose. There is a piney, oily resin in the aftertaste of this beer.
I have to be honest, at first I thought there was something off with this beer because of that aftertaste. It definitely was not what I was expecting. It leaves a bitter, oily residue behind after each sip. But, once I adjusted to it I actually enjoyed it.
Overall, this beer has just enough bready malts to help balance out this intriguingly hoppy beer. I dug this one from start to finish, especially because of the morphing hop character throughout the beer. It was entertaining to see the flavors start citrusy, blend to piney and finish a bit oily.