Brewed in collaboration with Kuhnhenn Brewing Co., Hop Smash is a massive citrus hit of a beer.
It’s an IPA brewed with huge fistfuls of Citra, Centennial and Amarillo hops, that have been added at every stage of the brew, including the mash.
To top that off, the beer includes the addition of loads of fresh grapefruit.
The result is a beer that, if it wasn’t for the brilliantly balanced malt body, might have become too much.
But rest assured the malting is solid and sweet, thick and creamy, with caramel and brown bread, Rich Tea biscuits and runny honey, providing a strong enough backbone to allow the hops and grapefruit to run wild without running into trouble.
So, the hops then.
Tongue tinglingly sharp and pithy, you find lemon sorbet and lime zest, woodruff, hazel leaves, melon balls, peach juice, garden herbs, mown lawns and celery, all of which is wrapped in a puckeringly dry fresh grapefruit zing.