Double Dry-Hopped Snag & Drop
Double Dry-Hopped Snag & Drop is a beer many, many years in the making.
It’s one that we’ve had in the back of our heads for several years, and we were all set to release it during the summer of 2019. However, we found ourselves unable to squeeze it in. Then, it’s been on the schedule, then off the schedule, then moved around for one reason or another, usually to make room for our tried-and-true beer like Cape May IPA.
Nonetheless, Snag & Drop is one of those beers that is practically begging to be double dry-hopped. It’s a lupulin-laden beast. Dank and resinous with hints of pine and orange citrus in the background, Snag & Drop is packed to the gills with some of our stickiest and most pungent hops.
When you’ve got a beer that hits all of those notes — dank and fruity in one impossible beer — you’ll want to hit it with something on the double dry-hop that’s going to bring out all of those contrasts. Something like Citra and Mosaic.
And so, the stars have aligned: we have the time in the schedule, we have the perfect hops, and we have an off-the-chain can design.
Finally, Double Dry-Hopped Snag & Drop releases this Friday, only in the Tasting Room and Brewtique!
Aside from a few of our core brands such as Cape May IPA, Coastal Evacuation, Devil’s Reach, and Honey Porter and a couple of long-time favorites like The Bog and Mop Water, Snag & Drop is one of the oldest Cape May Brewing Company beers still in production, and for good reason.
“Snag & Drop is just a monster of a beer,” says Production Planning and Special Projects Manager Brian Hink.
Typically released in January, Brian says that Snag & Drop is the perfect beer at the perfect time.
“Honestly, post-holiday January can be a pretty bland time of year and, if it ever decides to be winter again with some snow, there’s nothing better than cozying up on the couch with a big, strong, dank, resinous hop bomb.”
And, at 10% ABV, it’s certainly a big beer.
“It’s deceptively drinkable,” Brian says. “It certainly doesn’t drink like a 10%er with an abundant amount of hops, but, with just enough malt backbone to balance out the hops, it works really well.”
“Some breweries might only call a 10% beer dry-hopped at over 10 pounds-per-barrel a ‘Hoppy Ale’, or just an IPA,” Brian says. “Or some might call that a double IPA, while others would say 8-10% is double IPA range and 10%+ is a triple IPA. Or 10-12% is a triple IPA, and 12%+ is a quad IPA. Like Outback says, no rules, just right. It’s just beer man, have fun with it and do your thing.”
While we’ve been brewing Snag & Drop for a long time, it’s one of those beers that gets some changes each time we do, primarily concerning tweaks to the hops bill.
“2020’s Snag & Drop release — way back in the Before Times, pre-COVID — had a pretty big hop overhaul to clean up some extraneous hops that didn’t need to be in there,” Brian explains. “So this double dry-hopped version is truly a double dry-hopped edition of the Snag & Drop that our fans will have most recently tried, which is Centennial, Simcoe, Comet, and CTZ.” We added Citra and Mosaic for a true double dry-hop. Just as there aren’t hard-and-fast rules when it comes to designating something as a double or triple IPA, there aren’t real rules in place to determine what qualifies as a “double dry-hop”, either. While some breweries may call anything with a lot of hops a “double dry-hop”, at CMBC, we’ll start with a known amount of dry-hopping before we’ll call something “<multiple of> dry-hopped”.
“A known, actual entity must exist,” Brian explains. “So in this case, or Double Dry-Hopped White Caps back in the spring, a known brand existed first, then an additional round of varied hops made these brands double dry-hopped.”
For example, if we came out with a new beer that had the same poundage of hops as Double Dry-Hopped Snag & Drop or Double Dry-Hopped White Caps, we wouldn’t call it Double Dry-Hopped New IPA, it would simply be New IPA.
“That brand would then need to have it’s dry hop regimen doubled to be a CMBC double dry-hopped beer,” Brian continues. “But, this is just my personal philosophy — this didn’t come down from the Dry-Hopping Scriptures.”
The true Holy Book.
Regardless, Double Dry-Hopped Snag & Drop truly has twice the amount of dry-hopping as does the Snag & Drop you tried back in January, adding Citra and Mosaic to the hops bill of Centennial, Simcoe, Comet, and CTZ.
“For all their wonderfully fruity elements,” Brian says, “Citra and Mosaic have an underlying dank note in there, so I thought they’d just be the perfect hops to play off the base beer. Going too fruity with a Cashmere or Sultana, or too tropical with a Motueka or Vic Secret could have worked, but it also could’ve just as likely clashed with the base beer.”
Folks, this is a lot of hops. It’s about 11 pounds-per-barrel. Technically speaking, that’s a metric wholehelluvabunch.
“In fact, our yield was pretty low on this beer because of all the hops,” Brian tells us, “and the centrifuge was not happy running through this — it was working overtime trying to chew through all of these hops, so I hope people enjoy the outcome here!”
Brian certainly likes the outcome.
“It’s silly drinkable despite being 10% ABV and hopped around 11 pounds-per-barrel,” he says. “It’s fruity, it’s dank, it’s surprisingly crushable despite these two normally contradictory info points. This beer is the real deal here man, not one to take lightly and not one to pass up.”
Double Dry-Hopped Snag & Drop is available for pre-order now, and will be available to pick up at noon on Friday. Like Brian said, don’t pass this one up!