The Hop Concept Brewing

San Marcos, California

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The Hop Concept Mosaic and Eureka IPA is back for only the second time

The Hop Concept Mosaic and Eureka

The Hop Concept Mosaic and Eureka IPA is hitting shelves again this month – only the second this beer has appeared.

The hoppy wing of Port Brewing/Lost Abbey says heavyweights Eureka and the Mosaic hops meet in this India pale ale. Together, the two bring everything from pine to tropical fruits into each sip.

Mosaic, probably one of the most aptly named hops fuses an array of tropical fruits, citrus, and berry with mild herbal, earthy, and pine characteristics. Heady Eureka hops emphasize heavy pine, underlined by mild floral notes and rounded out with dank aromas.

The Hop Concept head brewer Steve Churchill loves Mosaic hops, and this year’s allotment is some of the best they had. Pairing them with Eureka is a big flavor bonus.

Look for The Hop Concept Mosaic and Eureka IPA in 22-ounce bottles starting the first week of August.

Style: IPA
Hops: Eureka, Mosaic
Availability: 22oz Bottles
Latest Return: August, 2017

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The Hop Concept IPA Galaxy & Comet is back for another citrusy spring

The Hop Concept Galaxy & Comet bottle

The Hop Concept IPA Galaxy & Comet is back for a second time in March, 2017.

California’s Port/Lost Abbey launched a new line extension in 2015 dubbed, The Hop Concept. The Hop Freshener series featured some of the THC’s first beers, focusing on how hops change IPAs.

The Hop Concept India pale ales focus on the dry-hopping process, focusing on how the brewing technique changes smell and aroma. In this case, Galaxy and Comet hops.

This edition is all about the tropical fruit, and dank pine flavors. Galaxy boasts peach and passionfruit flavors, and Comet – even more citrus. If you love a bright IPAs with just a bit of bitterness, don’t sleep on this release. The brewery touched up the recipe a bit for this second release.

“We really liked the way Galaxy and Comet turned out last year, but we felt we could do better this year. Tweaking the recipe this year gave us a chance to really let these two hops shine much more in this years batch.”  Steve Burchill, Lead Brewer for The Hop Concept

The Hop Concept IPA Galaxy & Comet is a draft and 22 ounce bottle release.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Galaxy, Comet

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: March, 2017

8% ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal 

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More Dank. The Hop Concept Dank & Sticky IPA returns

The Hop Concept Dank & Sticky IPA

The Hop Concept Dank & Sticky IPA, the first release in the Hop Freshener Series back in 2015, will return to shelves this month.

In 2015, Port Brewing/Lost Abbey announced a third branch of the brewery’s lineup – The Hop Concept (or THC. Oh, the irony.) THC is obsessed with hops, with each beer in the lineup named for the most important hop or flavor profile.

MORE: The Hop Concept IPA Series

When it comes to India pale ales, “Dank” is the definitely the trend, this making the return of The Hop Concept Dank & Sticky IPA perfect timed. Dank uses some of the best hops out there, including Eureka, Mosaic, Cascade, Comet, and Simcoe.

“We love the fact that we get to ring the New Year in with Dank & Sticky IPA. There’s some great juicy beers out there, but sometimes you just need dank resins in your life, and this does the job. – Tomme Arthur, COO of Port Brewing/ The Lost Abbey/ The Hop Concept.

The Hop Concept Dank & Sticky IPA is a draft and 22 ounce bottle offering for a limited time starting mid-January. After that, except another quarterly rlease.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Eureka, Mosaic, Cascade, Comet, & Simcoe

Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft.
Latest Return: Mid-January, 2017

8.5% ABV

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The Hop Concept IPA Hull Melon & Blanc kicks off new dry-hopping series

The Hop Concept Hull Melon & Blanc IPA

The Hop Concept IPA Hull Melon & Blanc is coming in December, rounding out a year hop forward releases.

The Hop Freshener series debuted this year, devoted to exploring the flavor spectrum of hops, while educating the drinker on flavors and characteristics. The name is simplify the beer’s dominant trait.

The Hop Concept IPAs will focus more on the dry-hopping influences, meant to be a deeper dive into the hop experience.

The Hop Concept IPA Hull Melon & Blanc places these two hops into focus to start the new hop chapter.

“It’s a great way for the brew team to continue delve into new hop varietals. It’s an ingredient they’re very passionate about ”, said Lead Brewer Steve Burchill. “It’s also possible some of these new combinations could work their way in to more established brands in the future.”

The Hop Concept IPA Hull Melon & Blanc is a 22 ounce bottle offering and draft. Limited release.

Style: Imperial IPA
Hops: Hull Melon, Blanc

Flavor: Huge aromas of bright passion fruit, pineapple and grapefruit will lead the charge from the Hallertau Blanc hops, while the Hull Melon hops will yield balancing floral honeydew melon and strawberry notes.
Availability: 22oz Bottles, Draft

Release: December, 2015

8% ABV