Beer Profile: Troegs Hop Knife

Profiled by Maria Devan for PGA

Troegs OK you guys! You have all heard me rave about Troegs. Heard me say how their beers are seamless, intricate and as delicate as a hand tatted piece of lace. Well this is a monster of a beer! This beer here seems to me to show Troegs as the skillful brewers they are.

They have created a west coast style mouthfeel that you cannot imagine. This is a 6.2 % beer that drinks like a session IPA. EXCEPT for the flavor of it which has the bit of alcohol in it. I think it’s tongue in cheek and is brilliant. Grapefruit with it’s inherent sweetness light even amidst all it’s pith and peel.

The biscuit malt dry, flaky and sweet without honey. There is a mysterious tropical fruit in this that at first seems pgaprofileto be the honey I am looking for, but then is really a light tropical fruit I cannot name. Light spice to finish this one with the perfect bitter. I remember talking about how a bitter in an IPA should come from underneath the beer and not ride roughshod over the entire flavor profile. That is what this one does. Now that’s BOLD brewing that speaks to what is possible and to what people seem to be clamoring for.

OH! I am in love. I only bought one and I have to admit I like it better than perpetual IPA which is more sugary than this one. This one is the tantalizing grapefruit and not 5 other things, light as an angel food cake.

4.5

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Welcome to the PGA beer rating system: one beer “Don’t bother.” Two: Eh, if someone gives it to you, drink. Three: very good, go ahead and seek it out, but be aware there is at least one problem. Four: seek it out. Five: pretty much “perfecto.”

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meMaria Devan lives in Ithaca, NY and is frequent reviewer of beer and a beer lover deluxe.