ClubGonzo’s Hoppenmead

Mead, 13.9%.

A mead with hops. Well, why not?

Hoppenmead, mead batch no. 39.

Hoppenmead, mead batch no. 39.

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A mead with haze.

In the glass it looks medium amber and slightly hazy. I’m so used to crystal clear meads by now, so the haze looks a bit off.

The aroma is strong, and there is something lurking in the back there in addition to the sweet honey, but hops are not the first thing that enters my mind. Maybe wet leaves, hay, caramel and dark overripe fruits? Either way, it’s a rather interesting aroma.

I can’t find any hops in the strong flavour either, the honey is the dominating element. The taste is rather sweet, but it dries up somewhat in the finish. Is there also hints of bitterness? The alcohol is also noticeable, but it’s clean.

Conclusion: an ok mead. The hops make it rather special, but not very hoppy.

Aroma:      6/10
Appearance: 3/5
Taste:      6/10
Palate:     4/5
Overall:    12/20
Ratebeer score: 3.1/5.0
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One comment on “ClubGonzo’s Hoppenmead

  1. I learned a lot from this experiment. Firstly: hops and mead is not a match made in heaven, like hops and beer. The bitterness does not balance out the sweetness, but sort of stay on the outside which makes the mead both sweet and bitter at the same time. Also, as the fresh hop character fades, it completely changes character, turning it into a strange, overripe fruits meets tutti frutti kind of thing. And even as fresh, a strong mead like this with lots of hops tastes more like a double IPA, only without the complexity offered by different malts and yeast. A kinda boring drink, all in all.

    Conclusion: if you are going to put hops in mead, it should be consumed fresh (this one is about two or three years now I believe) and you need to put some more stuff (spices/fruit/berries) in it to increase complexity. I would have rated this even lower.

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