Tuesday Brew Review: Dust Bowl Brewing Hops of Wrath

July 13, 2010
By
Clare Goggin

Clare Goggin

As a beer lover and an English major, any craft brew named for a literary classic appeals to me and Hops of Wrath is no different.

Dust Bowl Brewing, a small brewery located just south of Modesto, Calif., in Turlock, draws inspiration from the Great Depression and the families who traveled to California to find work. It should be no surprise that their flagship beer would be named after the Pulitzer Prize-winning John Steinbeck novel.

Since Mad Hops and I live clear across the country from Turlock, we reached out and asked nicely if the gents at the brewery would mind sharing their brews. The brewery graciously responded by sending us a 22 ounce bottle. And we drank it.

Hops of Wrath
As we’ve pointed out before, the strong, gritty people of the Dust bowl inspired both The Grapes of Wrath and this beer, which is fitting since the flavor is just as strong.

Clare Goggin

Clare Goggin

Poured into a glass, the brew reflects a pale amber color. The aroma contains hints of orange and a bit of spice. On the other hand, the spice and an added tang dominate the flavor. And for an IPA, this particular beer has a nice balance between hops and malt with a mild brown sugar aftertaste.

The West Coast is typically known for extremist IPAs but this one is pleasantly balanced and moderate without being boring. Even the 6.6% ABV is edgy enough without being over the top. If this beer were to ever travel east, I’d definitely have a few at a bar and recommend it to friends.

Beer Goggins Rating: 17.5/20

Mad Hops: 16/19 hops

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2 Responses to Tuesday Brew Review: Dust Bowl Brewing Hops of Wrath

  1. July 18, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Clare,

    You would think that with a name like “Hops of Wrath” it would be better suited to being a double IPA rather than just an IPA.

    That being said, the color looks intoxicating…which um…is technically true I guess…

    I have a friend who’s actually saving a bottle of this stuff for something coming up next month and can’t wait to try it. I just hope that like you said, I don’t find the spices added to dominate the flavor too much. I had it when spices destroy the base flavor and depth of everything the particular beer should be. Like…please leave the cayenne OUT of my chocolate stout please. 🙂

    P.S. Good choice in putting it next to the vase for the photo. It matches rather well.

    Ilya

  2. October 5, 2010 at 7:08 am

    I want to try!

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