04 Jan SpindleTap Hop Gusher by Tam
Packaging: Draft, 12oz. Cans
There’s no better way to start off a new year of craft beer reviews then with a dependable, well-made IPA like Hop Gusher!
This hoppy, fruity concoction is on SpindleTaps year-round list thanks to the young, but hard charging, brewers of SpindleTap and their two ingenious brew masters. When I was a young lad and first entered into the world of craft beers, IPA was not my go to nor was it even a desperate choice. But with age came maturity of both my mindset and taste buds. Honestly ask yourself, if there are millions, if not billions, of IPA drinkers in the world, then what could be so bad about it?
First, I would like to state that Hop Gusher isn’t a recommend for beginner IPA drinkers, and I would advise that you ease into it before you set your sights on this brew; just to prepare you for the full enjoyment.
The aroma that is emitted from the initial pour is hints of citrus with a pleasant, but not overpowering, amount of hop. The color is a beautiful, light caramel-copper with a fine line of head that minimizes within seconds of the pour. Once you begin to drink this delicious beer, you will find that Hop Gusher has a strong hoppy beginning with a fruity smooth finish. It leaves the drinker thirsty for more, but not mouth dry.
It’s always been a goal when I drink any type of beer to imagine what situations or pairings they would go best with. Hop Gusher is a social beer that goes well with grilling, tailgating (GO TEXANS), and your family/friends outings. Now you may be thinking, “It’s beer not a social media tool!” well I would beg to differ. Think back to some of the best memories you have had. Now what were you drinking? As one brewer said to us during an interview, “We don’t sell beer. Beer is a commodity. We sell memories.” which I couldn’t agree with more!
SpindleTap must have some creative label making genius locked away in a storage room. They know how to design simple but eye catching labels. The dark swamp green can is a unusual color you don’t see often, which makes it stand out from a row of other craft beers. While the name itself calls attention to what you, the drinker, are getting yourself into. Almost as if it was to tease and question if you are tough enough to endure the hoppy goodness inside.
If you add H-Town pride with Texas Native attitude and a dash of vision then you got Houston Craft Beer, and SpindleTap has that and probably a lot more in store.
Me and the other authors found Hop Gusher to be a six pack that we would be proud to strut around with and an easy go to at all family/friend/life events; if you don’t believe me, you can read another review here! So out of respect for those hard working blue collar oil field laborers, did Hop Gusher hit the “pay zone” or does it need to dig a little deeper? Let us know in the comments below, and as always “Beers to you, Houston!”