“Hops of Wrath – a tribute to the strong willed, gritty people of the Dust Bowl and Great Depression era. Inspired by the families who came west in search of a new start as well as those who stayed behind to weather the storm. This is a great beer born of hard times.” 6.6% India Pale Ale
Purchased from The Fort in Fresno, California.
Poured from a 22 oz bomber into my stemmed ale glass. A pretty clear beer, amber orange in color, very similar to apple juice. An off-white bubbly head is poured, which leaves good lacing. Moderate carbonation is visible.
Light tropical fruit citrus and floral hops, mixed with candied sweet malts. Nothing overpowering, but it smells pretty good.
Medium thin body with a good amount of carbonation noticeable in the mouthfeel. The initial flavor is a combination of the floral/citrus hops and sweet malts from the nose. It finishes modestly dry, with multiple flavors going on in the aftertaste. I get bready grains, sweet malts, and lingering citrus hop bitterness on the tongue.
Hops of Wrath is a pretty enjoyable IPA. I wouldn’t really call the amount of hops “Wrathful”, due to a pretty good malt backbone in the beer. The pleasant aroma is followed by good flavor. It’s balanced profile makes this one of the more drinkable/sessionable IPA’s I’ve had. It accomplishes this while offering very solid flavors, which would make me assume this beer is bigger than its 6.6% ABV. Definitely worth picking up a bottle if you want to dry a “starter” IPA, or if you’re a fan of the style who doesn’t want a palate-crusher. 8.5/10.
Dust Bowl Brewing Company – Turlock, California