We don’t always have to drink cider to enjoy ourselves. And we certainly don’t always have to have alcohol in a drink to crave something. This is especially true for Hop Wtr, a calorie-free, vegan sparking water made with hops and a few different flavors.
Hop Wtr contains no calories, sugar, alcohol, or gluten. Instead, it contains hops, bubbles, and some adaptogens and nootropics, maca, ashwaghanda 5-HTP and L-Theanine, to help reduce stress and keep the brain at peak performance. All of these are supposed to give you a “buzz” without the negative effects. To better understand the benefits of these ingredients, let’s break down these terms.
What is an Adaptogen?
Adaptogens or adaptogenic substances are used in herbal medicine for the claimed stabilization of physiological processes and promotion of homeostasis
What are Nootropics?
Nootropics, or “smart drugs,” are a class of substances that can boost brain performance. They are sometimes called cognition enhancers or memory enhancing substances. Prescription nootropics are medications that have stimulant effects.
All Hop Wtr offerings contain Centennial and Columbus hops that create a balanced flavor that are contain a citrus aroma and a slight bitterness on the palate. All of the three current offers all seem to contain the same base and balance when it comes to the hops. With a solid framework of flavor, they have created three flavors: classic, blood orange, and mango. They will also have lemon lime coming something in the near future!
This offering highlights the base-flavor of all three Hop Wtrs. It is crisp, mellow, citrus forward and slightly bitter from their hop blend of choice. This one feels the most like the seltzers you commonly purchase (Bubbly & La Croix), but it bursts with more flavor and complexity. Hops start on the nose and hit much more subtly on the tongue. The aroma from the hops is not only citrus but very herbal, with a very pleasant floral structure.
The drink is smooth, making it feely slightly creamy when drinking and tastes sweeter than it actual is. The bitterness pokes out only slightly at the end while providing enough tannins to draw you back for the next sip. The hop blend also draws the slightest numbing feeling on the front of the tongue. The citrus flavor reminds me of lemon lime, so I will be interested to try their lemon lime offering to see the different. Almost reminds me of a lime paleta and was my favorite offering of the three.
Many of the same notes are hit with the mango-flavored offering. You get the hops, crispness, and citrus elements, but this is all met with mild, more juice-like mango flavor. This one feels like a nice IPA offered by a smaller craft brewery. Mild tropical elements on the nose feed the mango on the tongue. Not overwhelmingly mango.
Like we said, very much so echoing the Classic’s best elements. This one would be the best to take on a pontoon or float trip and you would truly feeling like you are drinking an IPA or a stellar seltzer water.
Blood Orange is not my favorite flavor on the planet, but this was more in line with my desired taste. The base, again, of all Hop Wtr seltzers is pleasant, citrusy, and bombastic. The blood orange was more subdued than some other blood orange flavored products and it worked in its favor. This one would be perfect to eat with BBQ or a meat-based meal, as I usually find with blood orange. The orange was most pleasant on the nose and definitely brought the most orange-elements to the beverage.
Use the link above for 10 off and free shipping. You can buy your own Hop Wtr in 12-packs on their website as a one-time purchase or purchase a subscription service and save 10% automatically. You can buy classic, mango, blood orange, or a variety pack that has all three flavors in one package. This isn’t our first dip into the world of hopped water. We also tried HopTea and wrote our review of their brewed hopped tea offerings.