Once again, it’s time to play cowboys and India pale ales with the outlaws of Lonerider. Hoppy Ki Yay is Lonerider’s year-round IPA that showcases Columbus and Amarillo hops. I have not been disappointed with a Lonerider offering yet, so I have high hopes for Hoppy Ki Yay.
Hoppy Ki Yay pours a clear, copper with a thick, fluffy head that dissipates slowly. The aroma is predominantly grapefruit with hints of orange and fresh herbs. Mingled in with the hop citrus is an oddly pungent tone mixed with sweet caramel. Overall, the nose is very pleasant.
The flavor profile begins with a peppery spice that quickly transitions to sharp citrus notes of grapefruit and orange. The malt backbone provides sweet caramel for balance. The finish is a mixture of herbal and bitter flavors that leave a numbing impression on the palate. The body is on the lighter side of medium with a moderate amount of carbonation for texture.
Hoppy Ki Yay is a more than acceptable baseline IPA that exhibits classic hop flavors on a balanced body. It won’t blow your head off with hops, but it also won’t bore your palate to sleep with hop-muting malt. This IPA pairs well with action films from 1988 that feature a New York City policeman with a penchant for saving hostages.
- Appearance: Clear, Copper / Thick, Fluffy Head
- Aroma: Grapefruit, Orange, Caramel, Fresh Herbs, Moderately Pungent
- Flavor: Peppery Spice, Grapefruit, Orange, Caramel, Herbal/Bitter Finish
- Mouthfeel: Medium Minus, Moderate Carbonation
- ABV: 6.6%