Beer Review: Hop Bender (Local Craft Beer)

Beer Review: Hop Bender (Local Craft Beer)

Hop Bender by Local Craft Beer

Lets Do the Bender Hop

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Beer Review: Hop Bender by Local Craft Beer

Hop Bender by Local Craft Beer

Beer: Hop Bender
Brewery: Local Craft Beer (LCB)
Style: IPA – Triple New England / Hazy
ABV: 10%
IBU: 15
Untappd Description: This Beer is 40% Hops

Another excellent Tavour purchase that makes me wish I picked up more. But wooooo boy, at 10% you can’t be plugging too many of these away early in the day. I do enjoy the can art too. Turning Bender into a Fermenter is pretty cool, and fitting like we saw in “The Route of All Evil” episode.

Back of the Hop Bender can label

I enjoy the back of the can label as well, giving the description of the beer and how to preserve it. (Remember – always drink your hazies fresh!)

So enough about the can, lets get into this beer, lets crack it open and enjoy it.

Right away, on first crack and pour, you get hit with a rush of hop aroma. Like a Bender fist to the nose full of hop aromatics. This is super hop strong. Notes of pine resin, grapefruit, mango; all come flourishing through on the nose. Possible notes of pineapple and tangerine as well but its kinda muddied in there with all of the other hop aromas.

Appearance is your typical hazy IPA (not that there’s anything wrong with that – thats how its supposed to be). Nice golden hue, opaque, lovely pillowy foamy head, interspersed bubbles, nice lacing on the glass, golden wheat orange coloring. A beauty to behold.

And now its time to take our first sip…. and wow, this slaps hard – harder than Mom does! (Not my mom…. the Futurama Mom.) This is strong, but it is also so easy. This is far too smooth for a TIPA (Triple IPA) and far too smooth for a 10% beer. Kinda reminds me of Nimble Giant in that aspect – far too smooth and you can catch yourself drinking a few before realizing it. This is definitely in that category of “dangerous”. But in a good way (with modest self control). This is a very juicy, full hazy (T)IPA. Immediate notes of grapefruit, mango, pineapple, and tangerine. There is a medley of flavors all vying for your attention on first sip – in equal parts it seems – you get the mango, the pineapple, the tangerine, and the grapefruit. But as you drink it, you start to pick up some more notes and characteristics; like pine resin, earthy, and a bit of a forest floor to it as the hop notes really sink into you and take hold. “Bite my shiny metal ass” this is a damn good beer and I am really kicking my (shiny metal) ass wishing I had gotten more.

All in all a wonderful TIPA that lives up to its name. Thankfully this isn’t just some ‘bad’ beer with a pop culture / mainstream / nerd culture name slapped to it to make it sell. (Because lets be honest, a lot of craft breweries do this.) But this Bender-iffic beer absolutely nails it, and is a great drink. Just don’t expect to go all Zoidberg on this and drink it all up at once, or you’ll be snoring like The Professor in no time.

My Untappd Rating: ****
Global Untappd Rating: 4.06 (as of 8.21.23)

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This might be the most (old school) Futurama episode of the season so far. On first watch, I didn’t really care for it, but on second and third watch, the episode completely grew on me and is probably my new favorite of the season. This and ‘How the West was 1010001’ episode are neck and neck.

I will go into much further and detailed analysis and review of this in the video review (that should be hopefully coming out soon).

Local Craft Beer

For more information on Local Craft Beer, the following comes fro Untappd. Local Craft Beer is a micro brewery from Tehachapi, CA United States. They have 346 unique beers and over 66,000 ratings, with a global average rating of 4.02 (as of 8.21.23). Their Untappd description reads: Distributed in many states and countries around the world, we are most known for our IPAs, Hoppy Lagers, and heavily Fruited Sours. With 2 locations to serve you, Our Brewery/Taproom is located in Tehachapi, Ca and our Brewpub/Bowling Alley located in Lancaster, Ca.

You can find them at the following social media pages:

Hop Bender by Local Craft Beer (LCB) via Tavour

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