A box arrived on our doorstep on Tuesday evening. It was damp and crumpled – the taped top had collapsed and opened a bit, so I reached in. Through the peanuts I discovered a bubble-wrapped growler! Wahoo! Our second in a series of trades arrived (and I quickly looked at the return address to find it was from Arizona.)
I placed the box in the sink, not knowing how much liquid was loose in the box. It really wasn’t too much – it got soaked up by the cardboard box, the enclosed coasters, and was all over the bubble wrap. The growler cap was taped (not super-taped, though), so I rinsed the clear growler and placed it in the fridge – not fair to drink it without D!
When the cap label dried, I was able to read that our beer is Hop Father from Papago Brewing in Scottsdale, AZ. Yeah! New to us! It is a Double IPA, and I’ve found conflicting reports that it is anywhere between 7% - 8% ABV, and in excess of 100 IBU’s.
Despite the spillage, it poured nicely tonight and still had significant carbonation. It had a nice orange bronze hue, and fairly floral, hoppy aroma. The flavor was more malty than I prefer, but certainly the hop characteristics came through – especially on the finish. It seems a little thin for a double IPA, but I do admit that earlier in the evening, I had two glasses of Devil’s Milk and tasted Black Jack Imperial Stout at DuClaw’s. The Hop Father’s finish was really nice, and it got better as it warmed.
I’m glad I got to try it, but I think D will be the one finishing it down…