Posted: Nov 04, 2015 at 1:55 PM
(Last Updated: Dec 01, 2015 at 12:05 PM)
The flavored varieties of Hopwater (there are three) have been crafted in a similar fashion, leaving the flavor of hops at the forefront. That being said, these are largely nuanced varieties in that if you don’t like hops, these flavors won’t really change the taste. Still, if we were to pick one of the varieties as the standout choice, it would have to be Lime. While you can still very much taste the hops, the lime offers a sharp note of citrus that provides some nice contrast of flavors. Otherwise, the base of the product is still the same: carbonated water, natural hop tincture, sugar and citric acid. It’s light, both in carbonation and sweetness, and delivers a floral flavor that’s quite enjoyable. All of the products, including this one, clock in at 48 IBUs (international bitterness units), and 48 calories (hence the nearly identical badges on the label). This is something that the company has placed prominently on the bottle -- albeit with identical visual treatment for both the IBUs and calories. Otherwise, Hopwater has chosen to use “bitter” as the theme of the brand. You’ll see this in the copy on the bottle, but it doesn’t quite explain the character that the company has chosen to be the face of the brand. We have mixed feelings about this approach. On the one hand, it’s visually unique and more original than simply using a hop image. On the other hand, it’s not overly appealing to the senses. Regardless, we do think that the company should make a prominent mention of the fact that this is a sparkling beverage. Overall, this an edgy product, both in brand and flavor, and one that offers an innovative approach to sparkling beverages.