Caldera Brewing – Hopportunity Knocks IPA: Brewed in Oregon at a strength of 6.8% with 100+ IBUs, this IPA is full of, as described on the bottle, an “@*! pile of Centennial hops, with a big beer to back it up”. Some “googling” identified this as a single hop beer, so this is a good one if you want to really explore the characteristics of Centennial hops which are generally noted to be floral, citrusy and spicy. This is another “Kettle” series, aka small batch release that was available in 22 oz bottles.
Aroma and Appearance: It pours a dark copper colour with three fingers of foam in my IPA glass with some slow rising bubbles in the beer itself. The aroma is floral with lemon citrus and bread malt.
Flavour: I got some nice sweet bready malt followed by lots of lemon citrus and floral agave sweet middle with a finish of pine and lemon rind.
Overall Impression: I suggest everyone try these single hop beers if anything just to learn the hops, this was nice but I don’t love lemon citrus in my beer so it had that working against it a little.
Rating: I still gave it a very good rating of 7/10, the malt profile and the floral sweetness was very interesting while the citrus was quite lemony in nature.
Food Pairing: I’ll mix it up a bit and suggest that you go with a lemon, herb and dill salmon dish here, a little out there but I think the hops would work well with it.