Hoppyum has a pale bronze color, stands an off-white head and a veritable farmyard pong of sulfur just like the mineral-rich waters of Burton-on-Trent in England. As the sulfur clears, a powerful aroma of bitter oranges attacks the nose along with earthy hops – Cascade, Centennial, Columbus and Simcoe – with a cracker wheat malt note. Bitter fruit and hops build in the mouth but chewy, sweet malt adds a fine balance. The finish is bittersweet with marmalade fruit, earthy hop resins and powerful malt notes. It’s hard to argue with a beer that’s brewed this well. You may well drink four pints, preferably with spicy fish tacos.
Do you like hops? Foothills Brewing’s HOPPYUM IPA is full of citrusy American hops with an emphasis on Simcoe hops, an especially pungent hop variety. This brew finishes dry, making it a great session beer to come back to.