Capital Brewing ‘Rock Hopper’ IPA


31942755_852239014960245_6340953591120920576_n“Big and juciy, this west coast IPA was brewed to celebrate the journey to our favourite remote places. The forward hop flavours are bursting with citrus and stone fruit (peach) flavour and aroma. It’s got a dry finish and Subtle malt flavours. It’s as if you’re drinking a refreshing fruit punch.”

Glassware: IPA glass.

Appearance: Relatively clear honey amber with a fluffy two finger head emerging on top. The head is well retained and works a healthy lace down the glass.

Aroma: Fresh and clean with top notes of bright citrus, tropical fruits, pine, passion fruit and cedar wood. Maybe a touch of unripened stonefruits creeping in as well. Somewhat of a grainy yet semi sweet malt profile at the base. Fairly well balanced and alluring aroma.

Flavour: Showing a bit more West Coast aggression. It opens with that distinctive bitter citrus – grapefruit, orange peel etc followed by unripe melon and a touch of malt sweetness. It hits a mild crescendo midway and tapers off in to a crisp and dry finish.

Mouthfeel: Moderately bodied, crisp and rather approachable. Average carbonation with some warmth from the booze (6.1%) just showing through.

Overall: Nothing memorable but it’s still a very solid IPA. These guys are doing a good job of brewing consistently good and honest beers. Keep em comin’!