Hop Seeker Fall 2015 by Deep Ellum Brewing Co

Hop Seeker Fall 2015 by Deep Ellum Brewing Co

Hop Seeker Fall 2015 by Deep Ellum Brewing Co

Hop Seeker Fall 2015 by Deep Ellum Brewing Co

I was sold on trying this beer when I saw the can design (see below).  It’s sad.  I know it.

In my humble opinion, the hoppy ales from Deep Ellum tend to be pretty good, so I was excited to see that they are starting a quarterly IPA series.

I found this beer at Lakewood Growler which is a bonus, also.  I’m a big growler fill guy, and you probably should be too.

Here is what Deep Ellum says about Hop Seeker:

“Hop Seeker #1 is the first installment of our quarterly IPA series, a 100% wet hop ale. We used fresh cut Centennial hops in the initial boil and will use fresh cut Equinox hops in the dry hop! Equinox is a newer variety that has a pronounced aroma profile with citrus, tropical fruit, floral and herbal characteristics, including lemon, lime and papaya. By using such an unholy amount of wet hops in copious late additions, we coaxed aromas of citrus, melon and resin from the green beasties. Wet hops all the way through!”

Saying that a beer has an “unholy amount of wet hops” sounds pretty sexy, right?

Equinox hops kind of sound like Citra, and that’s a good thing.  I love tropical and citrus elements that come from Citra hops, so that’s promising for this version of Hop Seeker.

Now on to the taste test:

Hop seeker pours out an orangey copper color with a thick head of white foam.  The beer is pretty hazy, I’m assuming because all of the wet hop additions.

Image from deepellumbrewing.com

This beer has tons of fresh citrus aroma.  I didn’t get a ton of bitterness from the hops, but there is a heavy amount of grapefruit on the nose.

The smell is this beer really is fantastic if you’re a hop head.

The flavor follows the smell with tons of grapefruit and tart orange flavor from the hops.  There was even some lemon flavor mixed in there.

There is not a ton of bitterness from the hops.  It’s heavy on the fruit.

I was surprised by the smoothness of this beer.  Sometimes when a beer is super hop focused you can start to get overly bitter or tart, but Deep Ellum did a nice job keeping Hop Seeker out of that realm.

After drinking probably a third of my pint, I started to get a little more bitterness from the beer.  That was a nice element that blended well with all of the tart fruit flavors.  It’s always cool to see the flavors evolve as you drink a beer.

There is a nice long, crisp finish with Hop Seeker.  All those hops definitely hang with you after each swallow.

So go grab some of this beer if you see it around.  I’m excited to see what Deep Ellum comes up with for the next installment of this series.

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