HAD 68: Beer Science 2 - Hops

We all should know what hops taste like, and if you don’t, the best way to find out is to probably grab a couple Double IPAs and then come back to listen to this episode. That said this episode is not just for the hop head. This is a science episode, for those that want to learn about the world of hops, one of the four fundamental ingredients to any beer. We will discuss how hops are grown, the chemical components of a hop flower. and the process a hop goes through to turn your beer into a piney, resinous, citrusy, floral, minty, earthy, and most importantly, bitter beverage. ... So come in and have a drink!

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  • Beer: Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA

  • Brewery: New Belgium

  • Style: New England IPA

  • ABV: 7.5%

  • IBUs: 50

  • Beer Advocate Score: 3.82/5

  • Brewery’s description: Packed with bright tropical aromas and brilliant citrusy flavors, this unfiltered IPA wraps up with a pleasantly smooth finish.


  • Beer: Azacca

  • Brewery: Founders

  • Style:India Pale Ale

  • ABV: 7.0%

  • IBUs: 70

  • Beer Advocate Score: 3.9/5

  • Brewery’s description: Named after the Haitian God of agriculture, the Azacca hop has an intense tropical aroma with hints of citrus and mango. A touch of caramel malt gives a sweet backbone to support the righteous fruit character of this beer. Pouring a burnt orange color and registering at 7.0% ABV, your taste buds will worship this heavenly, hopped delight.


  • Beer: Hop Slam

  • Brewery: Bell’s

  • Style: American Double/Imperial IPA

  • ABV: 10%

  • IBUs: ?

  • Beer Advocate Score: 4.46/5

  • Brewery’s description: Starting with six different hop varietals added to the brew kettle & culminating with a massive dry-hop addition of Simcoe hops, Bell's Hopslam Ale possesses the most complex hopping schedule in the Bell's repertoire. Selected specifically because of their aromatic qualities, these Pacific Northwest varieties contribute a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A generous malt bill and a solid dollop of honey provide just enough body to keep the balance in check, resulting in a remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.


  • Beer: The Truth

  • Brewery: Flying Dog

  • Style: Double IPA

  • ABV:  8.7%

  • IBUs: 80

  • Beer Advocate Score:

  • Brewery’s description: The Truth's sharp hop bitterness begins with pine on the nose and evolves into bright citrus and subtle stone fruit flavors. 2-Row, Munich, Acidulated and Malted Wheat with Warrior, Summit, CTZ, Citra and Amarillo