Hop SlayerSeptember 12, 2014
Wild Onion Brewery
Lake Barrington, IL
Hop Slayer is brewed with English and North American pale malt along with Caramel Pils for the malt body and five hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest.
Available: IA, IL, MO, NE, NJ, NY
Excellent IPA color, solid almost bright amber with gold at the edges, topped with a quickly receding bone-colored head. The fulsome aroma shouts hops, vegetative, floral and herbaceous. There is a pleasant bitterness on the palate nicely nuanced by a complementary malt bill that supplies ample sweet balance! As an aperitif, it finishes clean with hops that hang on and on to the roof of your mouth calling for food. Delicious! We enjoyed it with spicy watermelon gazpacho, roasted poblano peppers stuffed with onions, homemade mozzarella, fresh corn seasoned with lime pickle and sesame and sea salt breadsticks.
- Charles Finkel
Bold fruitiness reminiscent of banana and spices. Hop-hazed amber ale with plenty of malt, alcohol and hop character to slay your palate. Initial hop assault is assertive, but trails off and leaves me with a sense of yearning for the palate reaction that lingers. It’s a slayer all right! But you come out reborn for the experience. Life is good, and so is Hop Slayer.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and National Beer Examiner at examiner.com. Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.