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May 27, 2011 12:12 PM


Has anyone tried Hopquila? - http://newhollandbrew.com/spirits/hop...

Sounds interesting and I was wondering if it would be worth my time to track it down as I don't think it's in wide distribution

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  1. I probably won't be of much help, but i have tried it.

    In fact, I just had it in a drink 2 nights ago. It was in a "Quila Sidecar". A sidecar made with the Hopquila instead of brandy. I enjoyed it, tasted like a sidecar made with tequila instead of brandy :-)

    I've never tried a sidecar made with an actual tequila, good or bad, so I don't have any comparison there!

    I also tasted it neat last fall. I don't recall any nuances, however. And I'm not a tequila connosiseur, either. Let's just say I didn't dislike it!

    We didn't end up buying any, but I did get some of New Holland's Knickerbocker Gin. I do really like that, but then I'm a gin Gal :-)

    1. Odd name for a barley-based spirit -- no agave (according to the site cited). I like the idea of hops in a spirit....

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      1. re: EvergreenDan

        Sounds like it may be an interesting experiment to infuse some hops into one of the cheaper tequilas out there to see what comes of it, but I think it would be a hell of a wrong thing to do to a good tequila. Then again, what do I know....

        If the Hopquila is barley based with no agave, it sounds to me more like a hopped Irish or Scotch whiskey.

      2. Thanks for the replies. I drink tequila, bourbon and/or whiskey. I may try and get my hands on some of this just to try for the novelty of it.

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        1. I haven't tried the hopquila, but am a fan of their gin. I am very curious about the Hopquila. Unaged malt whiskey, with Centennial hops. Centennial is one of the three big hops used by American, especially western, micro-brewers. Very fragrant, fruity, herbal, and spicy.

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          1. re: JMF

            I would think Citra hops might be interesting, perhaps in a gin-type infusion - they are the ones used in Sierra Nevada torpedo which I like a lot, very citrusy character, primarily grapefruit.

            1. re: JMF

              Just toured the distillery and tried their offerings this weekend. I have seen the Hopquila in stores and been annoyed by the name, because it really is an infused whiskey - I really think the name implies it is a hop-infused tequila. It does, however, have a flavor profile that reminds me of tequila - sort of half-agave, half-herbal from the hops. It was like nothing else I have ever tasted, but I'm not quite sure how I feel about it. I really enjoyed their gin and their white rum, and the gin in particular struck me as an excellent value.

              Kind of a neat operation, though - they just got a new still and are working on adapting their recipes to it so they can increase production. Pretty much a one-man operation, but he sounds like a very passionate guy.

              1. re: Wahooty

                Ya sold me. I think I'm going to have to order some on-line and check it out :-)

                1. re: DiningDiva

                  Aw, c'mon...let's face it...you were already pretty much sold, weren't you? ;)

                  I'd be interested to hear what you think, since I'm still not sold based on the small taste I had of it. I thought it was interesting, but still am not convinced I would ever choose it over either tequila or whiskey.

                  1. re: Wahooty

                    No, actually, I wasn't sold :-)

                    I'm having a hard time wrapping my mind around the concept. Tequila, bourbon/whiskey are my favorite spirits and I'm not especially a hop head when it comes to beer. Trying to imagine all these different flavors, I couldn't really come up with a clue as tow hat it might taste like. Is it inspired genius in that mad-distiller kind of way, or does it fall into the what were they thinking category.

                    Only one way to find out, right ;-)

                    1. re: DiningDiva

                      Well, let me clear up one thing...it doesn't taste like whiskey, since there is no barrel time whatsoever. And, at least in my opinion, it doesn't taste like a hoppy beer at all (I usually get a stronger floral/citrus hit from IPAs and such than I did from the hopquila). And I love both of those things, as well as tequila. I'm not sure it's in either category you mention...for me, it falls in the "huh...so THAT'S what that's like" category. Not genius, just unique, but also far from offensive.

                      I have the distiller's card, and am hoping to strike up some conversation with him, just so I can learn more. Beerheads can home-brew, as can winos, but your DIY boozehound has to satisfy their curiosity by picking the brains of the pros. :)