Tuesday, 20 March 2012

Hopportunity Knocks Ale

Hopportunity Knocks is a cheeky ale from Ashland, Oregon, where it is brewed by the Caldera Brewing Company.  According to the label, it is from the "Caldera Kettle Series".  The bottle only says ale, but if I had to label this one, I'd call it a pale ale.  It's sold in pint bottles and contains 6.8% alcohol.

H.K. pours a fairly cloudy dark brown that is streaked with gold highlights.  It has a foamy off-white head, but not a lot of carbonation.  It has a yeasty, hop-heavy aroma with a nice caramel undertone.  Tastewise, there is a dose of malt on the front end and a bit of yeastiness, but this beer is first and foremost bitter and hoppy.  It also has a very hoppy aftertaste.

This is a pretty solid beer.  A hop monster, but one with considerable character and style.  A bit more balance would be appreciated, but it's still worth a try.  Buy it if you see it.

Rating: 7.5 out of 10.

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