Beer Review: THE HOP CONCEPT DANK & STICKY

Beer Review: THE HOP CONCEPT DANK & STICKY

The transition of The Hop Concept beers to cans marks a visual upgrade, with the new 16oz design for Dank & Sticky catching the eye. The branding is cleaner and more refined than Port Brewing’s offerings, placing “Dank & Sticky” at the forefront. The can displays a clear “freshest by” date, offering a generous shelf life for a Double IPA, although a preference lingers for a printed canned-on date. The overall presentation is commendable, enhancing brand recognition.

Aroma

As the 16oz can unleashes its contents into specialty glassware, Dank & Sticky reveals a clear, light amber/deep golden hue crowned by a lasting yellow foam. The aroma is a familiar yet vibrant combination of zesty citrus, akin to key lime and grapefruit, accompanied by subtle pine needle and tree sap notes. While the IPA scent is conventional, it remains bright and impeccable.

Taste

Dank & Sticky enters the palate with a richness and creaminess that defies the aggressive ruby red grapefruit-focused bitterness escalating to an 8 out of 10 intensity in the mid-palate. The dominance of resinous hops contributes to a hoppy bliss that defines the beer’s essence. The body is substantial, successfully countering the hop onslaught, offering a well-balanced blend of caramel, toffee, fresh bread crust, and cereal. The beer cleverly avoids the cloying sweetness often associated with such hop-heavy brews.

Mouthfeel

Contrary to expectations, the beer’s substantial body doesn’t succumb to sweetness. Instead, it exhibits a “quenching malt” character that seamlessly combines various elements, creating a dense, meal-in-a-glass mouthfeel. The interplay of flavors is impeccable, with sharp pine needles and grapefruit rind slicing through the density, maintaining a remarkable equilibrium. The beer stands up to its “hop bomb” label, providing a memorable and satisfying mouthfeel.

Overall

Dank & Sticky, despite its hop-forward character, proves to be a well-mannered beer accessible to a broad audience. The blend of eight hop varietals, including Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Comet, CTZ, Eureka, Mosaic, and Simcoe, is masterfully orchestrated. The absence of overwhelming white alcohol flavors creates an approachable experience. The beer surprises with its familiar West Coast IPA flavors, shining in the nuanced details. As the ABV subtly reveals itself midway through the glass, Dank & Sticky emerges as another triumph from The Hop Concept, showcasing the brewery’s prowess in delivering classic and exceptional IPAs.