Saturday, 29 April 2017
Hu Jon Hops
My understanding is that Hu Jon Hops is the signature IPA from Fredericton, New Brunswick's TrailWay Brewing Co. I picked up a single 473mL can of the 6.5% alcohol ale from the brewery. According to the brief copy on the can, this beer is "juicy, dank, and fruity". It's a very hazy dull gold ale that pours with a luxe layer of off-white head.
To my nose, the beer had tropical fruit aromatics enveloping a nicely bitter skeleton. Its taste is similarly constructed, with a fruity front end and a slightly resinous bitter fin. Much like TrailWay's Rype pale ale, although to a lesser extent, this one is juicy and flavourful, but suffers from a notable lack of volume in the mouthfeel. While this makes for an easy-drinking ale, it doesn't have all of the sharp edges that I love in the best IPAs. Still, it tastes great and is well-worth picking up should you find yourself in New Brunswick's capital city.
Rating: 8.0 out of 10.