Video Tasting: Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA

Posted on 02.21.08 7:27PM under Boden, Hops, IPA, Iris, Tasting

Hop Meadow IPATonight is video tasting night!

I took a big chance tonight, by filming this while alone in the house with my two darling children. But rather than plunking them down in front of the TV, I invited them to join me in the video. We’ll see if you like the results.

I sampled a Thomas Hooker Hop Meadow IPA. This beer is from Connecticut, and from a brewery with a great reputation. The Thomas Hooker Liberator Doppelbock is one of the best Doppelbocks made in America. The BeerAdvocates love it, and so do I. I have also had a smattering of their other brews and enjoyed them very much – always well done interpretations of the style. Hop Meadow is a local reference, one of the main roads in Simsbury, the adjacent town from the brewery, is Hopmeadow Road. We also have the Devil’s Hopyard State Park. I guess Connecticut is the really old school Williamette Valley.

For those not inclined to watch the full four minute video, here’s the quick version:
This one pours pretty clear with a nice copper color and a thin head. The aroma is really disappointing, as I can hardly smell anything. But the flavor is incredibly bitter and hoppy! It isn’t so bitter that it will make your tongue numb, but the hops are really solid in your mouth. It’s funny that you can’t smell them at all. Overall this beer satisfied the IPA fix. It’s more in-your-face than a Pale Ale, that’s for sure.

I picked up this beer at Gordon’s in New London, from their newly discovered cold room. For the very local reader, the cold room is sort of straight ahead as you enter the store. Don’t take the temptation to immediately veer left into the warm beer section. Check out the cold storage – there’s a lot of good stuff back there.

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