Description: As part of the PSBC’s regular lineup, the Hopdemonium is the brewery’s tribute to India Pale Ales brewed in the Pacific Northwestern Tradition. And in keeping with that tradition, a strong malt base is combined with a generous hopping – which I am sure includes plenty of the three Cs (Cascade, Centellian and Columbus) – to create a very strong, very balanced IPA.
Tasting Notes: Not the first time I’ve tried a Powell Street product, but this is the first time I’ve reviewed one. And it is also the second time I’ve sampled the Hoptemonium, and for good reason – it’s awesome! The nose honestly reminded me of Phillips Hop Drop liqueur, since it had a powerful aroma of West Coast hops in great concentration. And the flavor came through with lots of powerful citrus, piney and tropical fruit hops. Combined with rich malt, it was an all around kick-ass example of a Northwestern IPA.
Appearance: Amber, slightly cloudy, good foam retention and carbonation
Nose: Rich malt, sugars, citrus hops, pineapple, jack fruit, peach
Taste: Strong malt, slightly sweet, hint of jackfruit, citrus rind, passion fruit and herbs
Aftertaste: Lingering hops bitterness, pineapple, malt sweetness, herbs