As a devoted fan of Tröegs Brewing and their remarkable range of seasonal Hop Cycle IPA creations, it’s a pleasure to introduce the newest addition to this hoppy family: Hopora. Just like the well-loved companions in this series – Field Study and Blizzard of Hops – Hopora steps up to the plate, and let me tell you, it’s a delight for the senses.

Crafted as a tribute to the very essence of hops and the abundant harvest they bring, Hopora sets the stage for a symphony of tropical fruit and citrus sensations, all thanks to the magnificent Solero hops. And here’s a cool nugget: much like the other gems from Tröegs, Hopora’s journey began in the “Scratch Lab” brewhouse and fermentation tanks. It’s like a playground for experimentation, where they can tinker with dry-hop pairings and yeast strains at lightning speed.

The backbone of this beauty comprises pale malt, oats, and wheat, harmoniously working together to support the star of the show. As you take your first sip, you’ll find yourself amidst a flavor adventure with a moderate 6.2% ABV. Citra and Chinook hops come into play, gracing the palate with hints of grapefruit rind and a gentle embrace of pine.

And let’s talk about that label – the artwork for Hopora was lovingly crafted by the artistic genius Lindsey Tweed, a long-time collaborator with Tröegs. If you’ve ever marveled at their label designs, you’ve encountered her magic. It’s like a little piece of Tröegs history in every sip.

Now, let’s get down to the nitty-gritty of Hopora itself. Picture this: a hazy tropical juice-yellow elixir, crowned with a cap of head that lingers, leaving delicate traces of lacing in its wake. As you bring the glass to your nose, the air fills with a medley of tropical fruits – think pineapple, passion fruit, guava, and mango – with a touch of citrus playing its part in the symphony. The esters add an extra layer of fruitiness, making every whiff a tantalizing preview.

With each sip, the flavors play a delightful melody on your taste buds. Mango, guava, and pineapple take center stage, with a hint of lemon-lime making an appearance towards the finish, lending a dry and crisp touch. Those esters come in with their own harmonious notes – mostly fruity and floral, like a fragrant breeze. The bitterness, while not overpowering, is given a boost by the citrus in the finale.

In terms of mouthfeel, it’s a dance between soft and dry, finding its balance right in the middle. The carbonation adds a touch of liveliness, completing the experience with finesse.

Tröegs has once again crafted a masterpiece with Hopora. It’s a celebration of hops, a toast to experimentation, and a true embodiment of the brewery’s creative spirit. So, fellow beer enthusiasts, make sure to savor this creation while it graces your glass. Cheers to Tröegs and the hoppy journey they continue to take us on!

Andrij Harasewych
Editor at The Craft Beer Diaries. Devoted husband and father. Excessively geeky. Comic books, video games, and craft beer are my vices. Favorite beer style easily the IPA. Growing love for the DIPA, specifically.
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