352 of the Best IPAs, Blind-Tasted and Ranked
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Devils Backbone Brewing Co Cross Eyed Stranger (72)
Heavy bitterness with a banana peal type flavor and astringency that grows well after the taste is finished. The bitterness covers up the body and perhaps what could be a touch of malt sweetness."
Avery Brewing Company IPA (74)
A definitive malt presence that is well-balanced by an assertive, but not overpowering bitterness. Some corn-chip flavors detract. The hoppiness is much like the aroma with lots of berries and herbs. Light but discernable off flavors of acetaldehyde and DMS and a light metallic finish. The expected hops flavors are there—pine, lemon, grapefruit—but a difficult tannic and astringent note competes with the more pleasant flavors.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 61 Minute IPA (75)
If they said this was a raspberry English bitter, it wouldn’t be surprising. Very fruity and tart. Flavors blend between grape notes and citrus with slight grapefruit. Complex fruitiness dances through. Finishes dry with a slight warmth. Rhubarb. Astringent. Smoked cherry. It’s gotta be grape.
Flying Dog Brewery Snake Dog IPA (78)
Moderate citrus, clean crisp malt, light floral, moderate bitterness, mouth-filling carbonation with an aftertaste ofcrisp hops, light sweet malt, moderate grapefruit zest. There’s the requisite pine and grapefruit character, but nothing much else.
Odd13 Brewing Kaptain Kapow-Der Zero-Leaf IPA (78)
Straight up white corn tortilla with lemon lime juice. Maybe some tangerine or grapefruit. Low to moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness, low acidity. Bitterness lingers over the tongue as a lemon-mango flavor dissipates quickly. Reminds me of chewy Jolly Rancher candy but dries out on the end, ending the initial upfront sweetness quickly.
Alaskan Brewing Co. Icy Bay IPA (79)
Initial smack of hops bitterness and fruity flavors (lemon candy, fruit loops). Progresses quickly to a light cracker-like malt sweetness. Finishes very dry. Very light body. A slightly slick, oily finish. Hops are much more subtle than desired for the category, drinking more like a light pale ale or potentially a session IPA.
New Belgium Brewing Rampant (81)
There was a vegetal, almost dill, quality to the flavor. The juicy tropical hops flavors were strong. Maybe there’s something else in there—coriander maybe? Tastes like a bit of Sorachi Ace hops.
Harpoon Brewery Harpoon IPA (81)
Orange zest, grapefruit, slight lemon, and pine up front, followed by a round malt body and then a moderate bitterness. The hops provide some earthy complexity. Slight malt, biscuit note up front that leads to a medium piney hops flavor. Moderate bitterness in the aftertaste. High carbonation creates a slight bite, but that isn’t distracting. Some of the aromatic mustiness comes through in the flavor—from the hops?
Heavy Seas Beer Cross Bones (82)
Citrus fruit and pine hops flavor. Light malty, grainy flavor in the background. Oranges, grapefruit, and grass. Slight biscuity notes. Pleasant tart bitterness, then the butterscotch barrels in. Reminds me of the old days with Red Hook or Bert Grant’s beers. The diacetyl softens the palate, but is an acquired taste. The base beer seems good.
Boulevard Brewing Co. Pop-Up Session IPA (82)
More hops in the flavor, offering an herbal blend of mint and marjoram, but the malt is far more forward— grainy with some toasty notes. Papery oxidation here, too, and mild bitterness. Hops flavor seems muddled and indistinct. Instead, I get a more saison-like quality with yeast esters and phenols. Cloves and even a bit of cracked black pepper, then a dry, bitter nish.
Otter Creek Brewing Backseat Berner (82)
Powerful herbal, floral, and citrus notes augmented by touches of earth and a bit of honey. A little hint of a tropical fruit in there, but it’s not too assertive. Toasted character in the malt. Moderately strong hops bitterness—more to the earthy side—mouth-filling carbonation, slight hops astringency.
Samuel Adams / Boston Beer Company Rebel Rouser (82)
Good blend of malt sweetness with some nice grapefruit, orange, and pine notes. The sweetness underpins both the hops and the malt and helps balance the bitterness. Mint from the nose is subdued a bit on the palate, but it’s still a bit of a train wreck of flavors—raw malt sweetness and caramel, cardboard oxidation, strong fruity esters, and an out-of-place light tartness.
Samuel Adams / Boston Beer Company Rebel Rider IPA (83)
Lemongrass, a hint of hay, pleasant but slightly subdued grain-malt sweetness. A little less hops flavor than is suggested in the aroma, but it’s nice nonetheless. Hops flavor becomes more interesting as the beer warms. Refreshing bitterness. Watery hops avor is more distinctive than in the aroma, offering pine-tree notes and woodiness.
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Baby Daddy Session IPA (83)
Smooth malt, slightly sweet. Full body for a session-strength beer. Coconut, pineapple, black tea, and hints of toast. Bitterness is supportive but not overpowering. Finish is balanced between hops flavor, bitterness, and a light malt. Moderate fruity esters.
Ninkasi Brewing Company Tricerahops Double IPA (83)
Some nice orange and citrus fruit character, with some malt sweetness in the front. Grapefruit-peel bitterness hits in the middle and carries through the finish with some sweetness and strong bitterness. Pretty rich malt bill. Hops character is resinous and intense.
Revolution Brewing Company Anti-Hero IPA (83)
Classic pine and grapefruit citrus hops with a hint of dank thrown in. Malt backbone is there but subtle, and yeast is clean. Finish is somewhat dry and bitter but not lingering.
Offshoot Beer Co. BTR L8 THN NVR (83)
Similar to the aroma, with pleasant tropical fruity notes, but flavors are a bit muddled in the malt sweetness. Medium bitterness and a creamy Orange Julius flavor right before the finish. Moderately dry right before it goes into a medium-lasting bitter finish. A touch of sweetness then returns to the palate a few seconds later.
Harpoon Hoppy Adventure (83)
Moderate fruity malt sweetness up front with a big grassy, woody, and earthy hops flavor and moderate bitterness. Stone-fruit esters and low-level peppery phenolics dominate, with a touch of malt sweetness to support. There is an odd through-line of sharp bitterness that doesn’t really dissipate until long after the swallow. Tastes more like a Belgian golden strong than a New England IPA.
Mosaic IPA Lost Nation (83)
Moderate bitterness, with a chalky, orange-flavored vitamins character most likely derived from the malt, with some pineapple in the background. Low tropical and peach fruit flavors, along with some sweetness from the malt. The hops taste a bit muddy, muted, and grassy and fading to vegetal. There’s a bit of a catty hops note with an herbal sting.
Harpoon Hoppy Adventure (83)
Moderate fruity malt sweetness up front with a big grassy, woody, and earthy hops flavor and moderate bitterness. Stone-fruit esters and low-level peppery phenolics dominate, with a touch of malt sweetness to support. There is an odd through-line of sharp bitterness that doesn’t really dissipate until long after the swallow. Tastes more like a Belgian golden strong than a New England IPA.
Deschutes Brewery Chainbreaker White IPA (84)
Raw wheat sweetness with citrus zest tartness, balanced coriander, nice backbone. Low hops bitterness that lingers. Yeast profile is reminiscent of Hefe yeast with more banana and a little clove.
Rogue Ales Brutal IPA (84)
Medium malt presence with moderate American hops bitterness that is a bit more subdued than other examples of the style. Hops flavors are a bit muddled. Slight earthiness. Grapefruit astringency in the finish.
Green Flash Brewing Co. Soul Style IPA (84)
Very malt-forward profile for an IPA, with caramel and honey plus a hint of sherry oxidation, solvent, or metallic. The bitterness is well-balanced, delivering the bite you want without being painful, but hop flavor is really subdued. Hints of lemon pith and herbs. Finish is mostly bitter and somewhat dry, yet not out of balance or over the top.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Empress Evelyn (84)
A mish mash of fruity hops flavors that are heightened by the malt sweetness; white grape, peach, strawberry, lemongrass, lemon, and grapefruit. Carbonation is very low and overall body is pretty mild, leaving a lot of gaps between the hops flavor and the hops bitterness.
Elysian Brewing Space Dust IPA (84)
Sweet up front and strongly bitter on the finish. The phenolic shows up on the palate as well. Hops evoke peach, orange, and mango. Slight slickness on the tongue indicating possible diactyl. The bitterness fights against the sweetness in this flavor a bit. Finishes with some warmth. Very mild hops avor compared to most the others. Some grassiness and a bit of floral. Lots of pithy bitterness and little of that malt complexity from the nose.
New Belgium Brewing Citradelic (84)
The first impression is of juicy tangerine—citrus is everywhere throughout, including the citrus rind on the finish, but the citrus is watered down. Mild tropical hops, possibly Citra, with some coconut and pineapple notes, and balancing bitterness. The mouthfeel is oily and flat, with not enough carbonation, and mineral notes in the aftertaste.
Deschutes Brewery Inversion IPA (85)
Somewhat one-dimensional citrus hops up front quickly give way to an overly prominent caramel malt flavor. Finishes bitter but with a moderate amount of competing sweetness. Hops flavors that do come through are typical NW flavors.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery 90 Minute Imperial IPA (85)
Moderate grain sweetness and straightforward hops bitterness. Fruity—starfruit, lemongrass, tropical fruit—sweetness of honey, chocolate, caramel corn. Crisp finish with lingering sweetness. Too sweet in the finish.
Alpine Beer Company Hoppy Birthday (85)
Full-flavored—lots of sticky hops and some bready malt. Some earthy hops flavors with lemon peel, herbal notes, and pine needles are supported by a fun caramel malt depth. Bitterness is appropriately firm but not overdone. Residual front-of-the-tongue bitterness/astringency is surprising but far from unpleasant.
Brooklyn Brewery East IPA (85)
Smooth and refreshing for an IPA. Malt sweetness of biscuit and a little caramel. Some fruity notes of orange, a little grapefruit with some mild bitterness, and some mint. There is a earthy, nutty character to the flavor as well. The beer dries out through the taste and the hops bitterness carries through the finish. There’s a touch of apricot in the retronasal that brings complexity to the palate.
The Veil Broz Night out (85)
A blend of overripened citrus and unique malt flavors of sweet biscuit, light caramel, and bread crust. The moderate hops bitterness includes grassy and floral hops more than tropical citrus hops. The malt gives it a chewy consistency, and there’s a moderate alcohol warming, but the sweetness lingers into the finish.
50 West Punch You in the EyePA (85)
Moderate hops flavors with juicy peach notes, candy sweetness, orange, and pineapple, like orange marmalade. A big bread flavor with medium rye spiciness and a touch of caramel. A mustiness gives it an almost mushroom-like earthiness. The hops bitterness and rye create a spicy, bitter finish, but the bitterness is on the low end for how much heat is in the finish.
Cigar City Brewing Jai Alai IPA (86)
Some great juicy hop flavors, almost gooseberry or white-wine like. There’s a prominent malty sweetness that’s balanced out by the bitterness, though bitterness lingers at the end. Grassy notes present. Malt sweetness comes through and finish is almost too sweet.
Left Hand Brewing Company Introvert IPA (86)
Hops flavor is resinous and tongue tingling. Medium malt backbone suf ciently supports hops. Notes of pine, earth, damp leaves, some must, and grass. The touch of light caramel sweetness is nice. A bit of pucker in the dry, bitter finish. Subsequent sips yield more hops tastes—grassy, woody—but the bitterness grows with each sip. Moderate fruity esters and a touch of malt sweetness, but mostly buried under the hops.
Great Divide Brewing Company Lasso (86)
Tropical fruit and moderate caramel—herbal, toasty, and crisp. Good mouthfeel and body, followed by just the right amount of bitterness. Flavor hops don’t make a big impression, though, because a rounded bitterness dominates. Very dry finish with some lingering bitterness that fades into a pleasant afterglow.
Fort George Brewery The Optimist (86)
More spring onions, garlic, citrus, and pine. A slight caramel sweetness offers support and rounds out the body. Nice creamy mouthfeel and a smooth bitterness. Aftertaste is dank, mostly with slight onion. As it warms the bready sweetness comes up a little with slight citrus notes.
Deschutes Brewery Fresh Squeezed IPA (86)
Very light and fruity. Very low bittering hops (with an herbal, lemon pith profile) and a high amount of flavoring hops—floral, fruity. Very slight astringency in the finish. A bready, cracker-like body. Finish is almost sweet and out of balance for the style.
Four Peaks Brewing Hop Knot (86)
Good balance for style, though a the tropical fruit sweetness is a touch sweet for my taste until the very finish. Hops are same as on the aroma yielding a slightly sweet fruitiness in concert with significant bitterness to balance. Carb is a bit low, which makes the beer feel a bit heavy.
Elevation Beer Co. First Cast IPA (86)
Low-to-moderate sweetness, moderate-to-high bitterness that’s firm without being over powering. Malt is restrained and slightly toasty. Hops are citrus and floral, as on the aroma, with orange, lemon, and a touch of grassiness. The floral part is more subtle and harder to pick out individual flowers
Dust Bowl Brewing Co. Dust Bowl Change Order (86)
Light body and moderate bitterness help showcase the citrus and melon hop character, with some cattiness present. Malt is there that provides an interesting sweetness balance point. Mouthfeel is somewhat sticky.
Offshoot Beer Co. Fashionably Late (86)
Extremely reminiscent of canned pineapple-orange juice without the extreme tartness. Bready malt balance is well executed letting the hops shine without allowing the lingering bitterness to overwhelm things. A chewy texture on the end but not heavy.
Boulder Beer Company Pulp Fusion Blood Orange IPA (86)
The malt sweetness and esters stand out first, giving the beer a Bit-O-Honey character. Then the orange, which has the bitter qualities of the rind but is strongest in the aftertaste. Hops earthiness and floral notes, with a mellow bitterness and spiciness. The body is a little thin, and none of the fruity flavors linger long after the sip.
The Alchemist Broken Spoke (86)
Lots of hops going on, with a slight tartness up front and a sturdy body behind it. The sharp, hoppy, earthy flavors have a touch of pine, resin, and dankness with moderate-to-high bitterness. Notes of tangerine, pineapple, and mandarin show through and are not smooth and straight fruit, but more like a more aggressive West Coast IPA. The bitterness and hoppy resin linger on the tongue after the taste.
New Belgium Brewing RyePA (87)
The rye intensity carries through from the aroma, with a thick, sweet maltiness and hops notes that range from grapefruit citrus to jasmine. Crisp and slightly dry finish leaves a lingering bitterness.
Founders Brewing Company Red’s Rye IPA (87)
A bright, intense bitterness up front quickly mellows without lingering. The rye is evident and wonderfully balanced. Hops bitterness is there, but the interplay of the malt bitterness is the star of the show. Finishes sweeter than others, not quite as crisp.
Two Roads Brewing Company Lil Heaven Session IPA (87)
Soft and delicate with a malty sweetness mid-palate. Hops bitterness is mellow but sufficient to put this in the IPA range. Herbal, woodsy, and earthy—might make for a great mushroom sauce. Malt body is well-rounded, supple, and welcome.
Stone Brewing Company Go To IPA (87)
Whoa, that’s some grass! Reminds me of fresh-cut grass, but more clippings than lawn. Tons of pine in there accentuate the grassy notes. A pleasant malt sweetness offers support, and an assertive bitterness completes the off-dry finish. This tastes like a hops tea with a moderately strong bitter finish. Very little malt to soften the blow.
Lone Pint Brewery Yellow Rose (87)
The fruit salad continues into the flavor, though the focus is somewhat “darker” than is typical in these kinds of IPAs. Yes, there’s mango and pineapple, but also think guava and even tamarind. There’s a depth that is simultaneously surprising and refreshing. The orange character is much more prominent, but there’s still a sweetened lemon note in the background.
Funky Buddha Brewery Hop Gun IPA (87)
Plenty of fruit to go around— passion fruit, mango, bananas, pineapple. Delightful malt character delivers on flavor but tastes just a touch thin on the tongue. Bitterness is there but merely lurks in the shadows.
Fremont Brewing Interurban IPA (87)
Biscuit malt sweetness hits up front and then carries to an earthy spice hops character with some grapefruit and slight citrus notes. Flavor is not what the aroma suggests. Grass is still there, plus some mangoes. Caramel malt body is lovely, but the long bitter finish leaves a lingering harshness on the back of the tongue. Wine-like notes up front with moderate perfume notes.
Smuttynose Brewing Co. Big A IPA (87)
Slightly sweet malt backbone supports the hops well. Bitterness is mild throughout for the style. Big hops flavor, with peaches, mango, and herbal elements (something Italian). There's a pronounced malty sweetness, but it acts as a counterweight to the bitterness.
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company IPA (87)
Moderate hops bitterness and a very straightforward lemony and green hops flavor. Finish is extremely dry with high carbonation and a hops bitterness that lingers. The subdued maltiness is hardly perceptible.
Samuel Adams Session IPA (87)
Very high carb makes this one dance on your palate, but it also makes the beer come across as mineraly, almost Pilsner-like. Big fruity punch from the hops with just a touch of grainy sweetness to almost balance things out. Finishes with a smooth bitterness and a slightly sweet coating sensation. The aftertaste is of PNW forests after the rain.
Independence Brewing Co. Stash IPA (87)
Clean base malt with a touch of honey sweetness and complexity. Notes of lemon, pine, a bit of orange, some grassy notes. The citrus and lemongrass hops cut through the light sweetness and carry the moderate bitterness through to the finish.
Cigar City Brewing White Oak Jai Alai (87)
Hints of sweetness and some orange with an earthy spice character. A little mint and slight caramel sweetness. The malt carries the hops and is cut by their significant bitterness. Potent stuff—alcohol evident. Moderate carbonic acid bite that dances on top of the bitterness in the finish.
21st Amendment Brewery Blood Orange Brew Free or Die (87)
The orange-juice flavors are so strong that they almost hide a seemingly decent base IPA. The flavors are very tart, juicy, and zesty. Some resinous hops flavors that might also be from the citrus rind. A little sweetness from the malt and light-bodied, with very fresh flavor.
Hop Butcher for the World Unwind Your Mind (87)
Light, creamy, and fruity with orange, mango, and strawberry dominating the light malt bill. The low bitterness lets the fruit character play off of the sweetness. The finish is quite sweet with almost a candy-like impression that masks some of the delicate hops notes. The carbonation seems a bit low, making the beer seem sweeter still.
AleSmith Brewing Company Double IPA (87)
Nice hops fruitiness with an even blend of blueberry, mango, and grapefruit rind. The hops bitterness and the light sweetness accentuate a piney hops character (a bit of Christmas tree) that helps balance and dry out the beer. A nice touch of boozy warmth also helps to fill out this beer. Bitterness lingers just a little too long, into the point of unwelcome aftertaste.
Old Town Shanghai’d IPA (87)
Light caramel and biscuit notes from the malt as well as some sage and orange from the hops. Some bread like sweetness hits up front followed by some grapefruit light sweetness and grapefruit bitterness. Balance is malt-forward for style with just enough bitterness to cut the malt. The bitterness lingers on the taste through the finish and sits heavily on the tongue. Medium carbonation.
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery JC Flyer India Pale Ale (87)
Well balanced West Coast IPA with a simple grain bill that brings a touch of toasted sweetness to balance the intense citrus hops character. Finishes fairly bitter with a slightly sweet kiss.
Hop Butcher For The World Watch For Falling Coconuts (87)
Huge coconut in the flavor with mandarin orange and lemon. The coconut adds an almost creamy character. The simple, hoppy nature of the beer is pretty dry and provides a nice counterpoint to the toasted coconut without clashing. Appropriate bitterness and good hops selection. Tastes a bit like a daiquiri, with just a hint of sour milk acidity to keep it from being too sweet.”
Ballast Point Brewing Company Habanero Sculpin (87)
Chile pepper is a bit more apparent in the flavor with grassy, herbal, and slight piney hops. Maybe a bit of citrus. There’s a fair amount of heat, which masks a lot of the flavor, but there’s a malt backbone supporting it. Tastes like Anaheim and jalepeño chiles with some peach and orange character from the hops. Clean beer beneath with bitterness that complements the heat.”
Otter Creek Brewing Over Easy (88)
Really nice creamy mouthfeel. Soft but appropriate carbonation lends a British-like weight on the tongue. Grainy malt body is a little rough around the edges but satisfying nonetheless. Bitterness has a nice orange-like quality but doesn’t really come out until well into the aftertaste.”Overall: “A fun session IPA! In a field of beers that can seem monolithic, this one stands out as spritzy and fun. Lovely carbonation makes for a better-integrated experience. Touch of caramel adds depth to the overall experience. Lingering hops bitterness is a bit overdone, but still it’s a very nice, easy-drinking beer. The elements are here, without being too assertive, which seems fitting for a session beer.
NoDa Brewing Company Hop, Drop ‘n Roll (88)
Big bitterness up front with a dry astringent note that stops just short of harsh. As it starts to warm the harshness subsides and a touch of grain sweetness comes out. Lovely creamy mouthfeel. This beer has a nice balance between the sweetness of the fruity hops notes and its bitterness. Pine, some grassy character, grapefruit, and lemon are present.
Fort George Brewery Overdub Session IPA (88)
More tangerine in the flavor than in the aroma, but less of the lemony citrus. Juicy hops flavor with enough malt sweetness to support it. Bitterness balances the malt without overpowering. More of that coconut and pineapple, buoyed by the caramel malt and light toffee. Bitterness lasts into the aftertaste, but some malt stays with it.
Flying Dog Brewery Easy IPA (88)
Malt has a light crystal undertone. Earthy hops flavor with citrus and pine is followed by grainy malt and a dry, moderately bitter finish. Nice creaminess in the mouthfeel. Perception is rustic and rough more than delicate and refined. A light dollop of malt comes in right at the swallow and then disappears, leaving a clean bitterness and lingering hops.
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Effortless IPA (88)
Hops flavor hits, emphasizing resinous pine with a bit of cattiness. A little bit dank—the citrus notes are still there, but I’m not getting the floral quality from the nose. Clean bitterness that doesn’t overpower. Orange zest, wet earth, and Capri-Sun. Caramelly malt character less apparent than on the nose. Resinous and mouth-coating fruity hops express themselves in the flavor, following through on the aroma.
Tallgrass Brewing Company Ethos IPA (88)
Very nice light sweeter citrus notes with hints of tangerine, lemon, and grapefruit and some piney, grassy, and resinous hops flavor too. Hint of carbonic bite in the finish. Delicate malt sweetness supports without getting in the way. Finishes somewhat dry and bitter but not lingering.
Ballast Point Brewing Company Manta Ray (88)
Intense fruity and piney hops flavors. A touch of malt sweetness, but it hardly holds up to the intense hops bitterness that runs throughout, giving an intense grapefruit pithy character. A touch more carbonation could open things up a bit more. A light alcohol warming toward the end, but this is almost sessionable in its lightness.
Central Standard Brewing Hundo P. Wolf (88)
Big tropical fruit character dominates: pineapple, peach, mango, orange, coconut. Body is rich and chewy. Malt is clean. But a mineral character overwhelms everything once you get to mid-palate. It also brings out the bitterness and leads to a dry, astringent finish.
Hop Butcher for the World Telehopic (88)
Tropical fruit throughout, especially pineapple and fruit punch, with some more subtle orange and a touch of peach/apricot. Moderate-to-high sweetness with high bitterness to offset. Fairly boozy with alcohol warmth. Tastes like a restrained West Coast IPA. The chewy body is there, but the juice-forward flavors take a backseat. Sweet for the style, but not cloying. Finishes with a touch of lingering bitterness.
WeldWerks Brewing Co. Apha Bits #6 (88)
Soft on the palate with moderate bitterness throughout that lingers into the finish. Despite the good head retention, the carb is fairly low. Citrus all day on this one with orange playing the dominant role. Somewhat chewy mouthfeel but light overall.
Outer Range Brewing Co. In the Steep (88)
Just onions. Maybe a bit of floral is in the background. Moderate sweetness and moderate high bitterness. Thin mouthfeel and very dry finish. Grassy, light fruit hops with nice fruity character. Chewy, balanced with great lingering complexity. Soft mineral character and bitterness on finish
Knee Deep Brewing Co. Knee Deep Lupulin River (88)
Pretty tasty example of the dank side of life. Alcohol is fairly well hidden among the herbal resin hop, while we would like a bit more bitterness in the finish to go with the medium sweet malt that does linger, slowing it down, it is still a fairly crisp and drinkable beer for its size
Big Boss Brewing Company Blood Orange High Roller IPA (88)
Malt-forward, with sweet caramel and graham cracker, and mixed with the orange, makes it taste like orange cream candy in a box of mixed chocolates. The hops bitterness, with a touch of floral and earth, is just strong enough to keep this beer from being sticky. A hint of yeast esters and spice, and light carbonation.
Upland Brewing Co. Campside IPA (88)
Light bodied without being thin. Light sweet malt character up front, followed by a grassy hops notes with a hint of lemon, but not a lot of complex hops flavor. A bit off balanced—bitter but not much malt body to go with it. Bitter on the finish, but well balanced.
Ska Brewing Co. Modus Mandarina India Pale Ale (88)
The orange comes through more on the tongue, with pithy and astringent qualities from the rind. Grapefruit notes mix with lemon, followed by toasty and biscuit malt. The bitterness counteracts the malty backbone well, lingering long after the flavor is gone, without being overwhelming. Spicy hops tend to be overwhelmed by the bitterness of the orange.
Alaskan Brewing Company Hopothermia (88)
Strong, complex hops flavor comes through up front with a touch of orange/tangerine, grapefruit rind, and pine. Nice malt background with some sweet Grapenut character. Finish is bitter but balanced. Malty—hops didn’t cut through.”
New Belgium Brewing Ranger (89)
Hop forward with more citrus/grapefruit notes, typical piney and resinous notes, and a slight dry grassiness. The assertive hop flavors leave little room for the light, biscuity malt profile. It finishes bitter and dry, helping to accentuate the hop flavor.
Green Flash Brewing Company West Coast IPA (89)
Citrus grapefruit hops dominate and linger throughout. Hops at the forefront with notes of over-ripened grapefruit and pine. Bitterness and sweetness balance well together, though bitterness definitely dominates and lingers.”
Anderson Valley Brewing Company Ee Tah! IPA (89)
Piney with orange and blood orange in tow. The malt is simple and leaves a slightly sweet profile which probably brings out the richness of the citrus. The bitterness is about right and lingers pleasantly, although a bit more would help offset the sweetness.
Societe Brewing Company The Pupil IPA (89)
A nice balance between sweet and bitter. Notes of orange, grapefruit, and some lemon hit up front with a juice-like character. There’s also an herbal and floral character. Malt sweetness of biscuit and a little caramel. Pine/resin hops, some grapefruit, toasted malt backing, and then the bitterness slides in, and grows and lingers into a medium finish.
Schlafly Beer Grapefruit IPA (89)
Bergamot, tangerine, and herbal notes up front, with some grapefruit pith and hops. Moderate esters bring in notes of cherry and blueberry, which play nicely with the citrus, the lemongrass, and bitterness of the hops. Light simple malt bill adds a supportive caramel-malt character. It’s well-balanced and not too aggressively bitter, if a bit too pithy. Dry finish, very clean.
Russian River Brewing Company Blind Pig IPA (89)
Medium bitterness with a rather light body. Slight new-shoe-like taste with a growing bitterness that extended well into the aftertaste and continued to grow. As it warms the rubber goes away, and we are left with a dank hops note with a touch of garlic. This beer has a nice body with a smooth character. The pine is showcased in the hops, and the grapefruit citrus notes help round out the hops profile. The beer is nicely balanced between the hops bitterness and flavor.
Two Brothers Brewing Company Sidekick (89)
Full assertive hops flavor— resinous and sticky with earthy, grassy notes from dry hopping. Bitterness might be a tad low, but nice. Hops are catty and dank with a bit of skunk.
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Big Eye IPA (89)
Moderate toasty, light sweetness, earthy hops, moderate pine, touch of floral, aftertaste. Malt depth is nice, with some fun caramel notes playing alongside the hops. Similar to the aroma, but the resinous pine character is more prominent, hiding some of the more fruity characters. That sharp pine character heightens the bitterness, though it doesn’t linger too long, due to the more complex malt character displayed.
Narrow Gauge Brewing Company OJ Run (89)
Strong herbal and fruity mix, where up front the herbal notes are dominant, and when coupled with a prominent alcohol presence, gives it the flavor of fresh car tires in an old car mechanic shop, but here it’s not pleasant. The fruity notes are almost like lemongrass. A nice bitterness coupled with a decent amount of sweetness and warmth give some balance for this unique hops profile.
Exhibit 'A' Brewing Company The Cat’s Meow (89)
Melon and mango dominate up front, then chewy and juicy with a strong orange and pineapple presence. Finishes with a softness typical of the style. Hops are complex but there’s slightly too much bitterness to let the rest of the ingredients shine through. Medium-intense fruit flavors from hops and esters.
Spice Trade Brewing Sun Temple IPA (89)
Caramel malts are strong in the flavor, but a present bitterness helps round it out. It’s missing the juicy component NE IPA is known for. Tastes very PNW IPA style (resinous). Orange, lemon, mango, pineapple hops characteristics with a touch of vanillin and light floral notes beneath. Body is a bit thin, and that is accentuated by how dry the beer finishes. Carb is good. Significant bitterness throughout, but it fades with a slightly sweet kiss.
Heavy Seas Brewery Loose Cannon (89)
Balanced profile with light toasted malt playing off of the herbal, floral, and light orange and lemon hops notes. Finish is slightly sweet and leaves a coating on the palate. Malt sweetness of biscuit. Hops bitterness is low for an IPA.
Ninkasi Brewing Company Maiden the Shade (89)
Fruit-forward with the usual suspects (mango, lemon, pine) and a few odd players: the stone-fruit esters are bright, but odd. Balance is good with the esters providing a touch of sweetness mid-palate that fades beneath the dry finish and lingering bitterness. Overall a little heavy, especially given the lighter color and focus on fruitier hops qualities.
Societe Brewing Company The Apprentice (89)
Piney and resinous notes accompany complex citrus (it’s every citrus fruit I can name). Moderate sweetness, moderate-high bitterness. Dry. The citrus hops profile dominates the simple malt bill. The bitterness carries in the finish and is slightly astringent.
Outer Range Brewing Co. Two Pound Tent (89)
Bright hops flavors accentuated by an even brighter hops bitterness. Flavors are more toward the lemongrass, grapefruit side. Some malt sweetness, with a light sweet biscuit character. Bitterness is present throughout, but not unpleasant.
The Pike Brewing Co. Doubble Hopulus (89)
So the aroma, so the flavor. More prominent grapefruit and a touch of pine character. A more pronounced malt character than often seen in this style, with nice bread crust and biscuit notes. There is a nice bitter through-line that keeps everything grounded in the IIPA category. The bitterness is not astringent but heightens some the stronger piney and pithy hop flavors.
Roc Brewing Co. Whoopass (89)
The flavor surprises with strong hops bitterness throughout. Some interesting malt complexity, with a touch of honey, caramel, biscuit, and bread crust. Hops flavors oscillate among dank piney character, floral notes, and grapefruit pithiness. Bitterness gets a bit astringent as it sits in the aftertaste. The finish is like grapefruit pith—hard to get out of your mouth.
Great Divide Brewing Company Hercules Double IPA (89)
Initial toffee sweetness is balanced by some nice bitterness in the finish. Resinous, caramelly, evergreen, and bitter. Malt is enjoyable, though the bitterness comes off a bit harsh. As it warms, the bitterness becomes even harsher.
Alaskan Brewing Co. Spruce IPA (89)
Huge berry character that integrates well with a clean IPA base beer. The hops character is fairly restrained, but the bitterness plays well off of the sweetness from the berry esters. There’s lots of spruce, like rubbing a Christmas tree. The finish is fairly bitter and lingers. It’s a bit like putting an entire roll of Life Savers candy in your mouth at once—all of them. The touch of candy sweetness is unexpected, but the bracing pine tree bitterness keeps it from cloying.”
Tröegs Brewing Co. Crimson Pistil IPA (89)
The cranberry and raspberry notes from the hibiscus come out more in the flavor with lemon citrus and grassy behind it. It’s a well-balanced IPA with just enough bitterness to round out the malt. Spice beers routinely overdo it on the spice, but this one felt restrained, like they could have gone further but played it safe in a enjoyably balanced way.”
Schlafly Beer Farmhouse IPA (90)
Rose-like floral hops hit in the front and carry through the finish with a slight bitterness. The lemon/orange notes sit in the back behind the more dominate hops flavor. Carbonation is good, and the finish is slightly dry with a lingering bitterness. Dry yet somewhat creamy.
Breakside Brewery Breakside IPA (90)
Tropical fruit up front, a little garlic, and herbal, oregano-esque notes. Slight malt sweetness with hints of caramel. Definitive bitterness, but not at all harsh. Rich hops flavor with pine and low garlic notes upfront and a nice bitterness that extends into the aftertaste but doesn’t continue to grow—it fades nicely. Medium sweetness at the end rounds out the sip. I really enjoy the balanced finish.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Torpedo Extra IPA (90)
Hop flavor is piney and resiny more than citrus, but showcases both with hints of grapefruit and pineapple. Very nice lingering bitterness that carries hop flavors through finish. Finishes dry with slight sweet malt back.
Bear Republic Brewery Hop Rod Rye (90)
Starts with a prominent, almost intense, malt sweetness that gives way to an aggressive hops bitterness and powerful rye spice. As you adjust to it, you find more citrusy hop character.
New Belgium Brewing Company Slow Ride (90)
Earthy, wet, piney, and herbal. Flavor picks up where the nose left off. Similar elements here, with the spiciness more in the fore, adding some lemongrass to the other herbal elements. Light bitterness doesn’t distract from the hops flavor.
Ballast Point Brewing Even Keel (90)
Pineapples, bananas, and mangoes. Long bitterness that’s slightly harsh atop a weaker than expected malt body. As it is, the fruit flavor falls somewhat at compared to the aroma. The assertive bitterness is a bit out of balance because there’s not much malt to balance it. Bitterness dominates the finish—the earthy hops avor sticks around for a little while, but doesn’t have as much staying power.
Wormtown Brewery Be Hoppy (90)
Lemongrass, grapefruit, and a unique cured-meat note are nicely supported by a light, spritzy malt body. Lively and bright on the tongue with a bitter, slightly sweet finish. A slight cabbage-like note up front but in a fresh street taco sort of way. Medium bitterness, a slight juicy note, and some earthy avors evolve as it warms.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Easy Jack (90)
Nice citrus flavor with some pine, mild bitterness, and strong carbonation. Lemongrass, wet earth, pineapple, and honey over a light but silky malt body. Clean and crisp—hops dominate the flavor profile.
Deschutes Brewery Pinedrops IPA (90)
Very strong lemony flavor— bright and citrus-focused with light floral flavors in the finish. Not at all what I was expecting based on the aroma. The finish has a lingering bitterness that borders on astringent. Some catty, black currant notes and just a hint of malt sweetness.
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company County Line IPA (90)
Initial impression delivers on the aroma, with earthy, winey characteristics. Very faint light malt, and any esters are covered by the hops. Firm bitterness starts nice but then becomes aggressively licorice-like on the back of the tongue in the finish. Tastes like I bit into a freshly picked grapefruit—rind, pulp, juice, and all.
MadTree Brewing Company PsycHOPathy (90)
Light body, medium citrusy hops profile, a little bit of mineral character in the finish. Pilsen malt, perhaps? Full sweet body with lots of candy-like hops and a good amount of hops bitterness to help balance the sweet body. Citrus and piney hops flavor with some malt sweetness and a slight mineral finish. Candy-like hops character with notes of tangerine.
Speakeasy Ales & Lagers Big Daddy IPA (90)
Citrus and pine notes up front with hints of tangerine and lemon. Moderate hops bitterness. Light caramel sweetness. A cracker-like malt body, with mineral bitterness.
Burgeon Beer Co. Thuja (90)
Medium-high body and lingering bitterness carries the dank and piney hops profile throughout this one. Great balance, though maybe pushing the limits of a single IPA, even if West Coast. Lots of grapefruit and lemon. There is a sweetness from the fruit notes up front, but the bitterness cuts the sweetness and carries through the finish with a body to help support the big hops bitterness.
pFriem Family Brewers IPA (90)
Nice sweetness up front. Some notes of grapefruit, a little orange, slight lemon. A little pine. Well balanced with significant bitterness to cut the lightly toasted sweetness. Light body, clean semisweet malt."
Coronado Brewing Company Idiot IPA (90)
Well balanced clean toasty malt with a floral and herbal hops presence and a touch of citrus peeking through. Bright and crisp with a moderate lingering bitterness. Carbonation is spot on. There aren’t many rough edges to this beer, making it pretty easy drinking.
Three Taverns Craft Brewery A Night On Ponce (90)
Blood orange character really comes through in the flavor emphasized by moderate-plus sweetness from the malt. The grassy notes are more restrained than in the aroma. Bitterness is moderate to high and a bit pithy, but balances the sweetness fairly well. Malt is simple with a touch of toasted complexity.
Station 26 Brewing Co. Hop Sequence #5 (90)
Strong notes of spruce and pine come through along with some grapefruit and orange juice character that adds a slight sweetness and some bitterness. Mild lemon sits behind the pine and grapefruit/orange notes, and there are those basil/oregano herbal notes again. Malt contribution is a bit toasty and a touch of caramel. A little light bodied, and the hops dominate through the taste. The finish is bitter but not so bitter as to whack you over the head. Needs more CO2 to open up.
Devils Backbone Brewing Co. Eight Point IPA (90)
Well balanced for a West Coast IPA with moderate earthy and citrus (lime, grapefruit pith) hops. There’s just enough malt sweetness to pull it together with the medium-high bitterness. Dry finish. A bit of alcohol warmth. The medium body helps support the hops. Good carbonation. Really tastes old school.
BarrelHouse Brewing Co. Mango IPA (90)
The mango comes through well, but the hops are understated so that at first, it expresses itself as more of a mango American wheat. At the end of the swallow, a low bitterness lingers briefly, bringing forth the IPA character. Moderate sweetness, with supporting malt, if a little thin, and dry overall.
Breakside Brewery India Golden Ale (90)
Amazing unique and intense hops flavors that continue to display the Thai basil flavors from the aroma, coupled with a more pronounced fruity character of mango, pineapple, and grapefruit. A nice, light malt sweetness pairs perfectly with a prominent bitterness that adds to the herbal spice character. Dangerously dry.
Knee Deep Brewing Co. Knee Deep Hop-Trio (90)
Bright onion hop flavor with, alcohol booze, and a malt character that adds sweetness.
Coronado Brewing Company Stingray IPA (90)
Initial punch of fruity hops flavor that diminishes quickly. Tropical fruit on the tongue more than in the nose. Substantial evergreen character is a nice surprise. Good creamy mouthfeel adds to the overall palate character. Bitter finish is grapefruity and smooth. Malt plays a supporting role but doesn’t get in the way. The green-onion note sits on the tongue through the finish. A lot of spruce and pine notes.
Boulevard Brewing Co. The Calling (90)
Malt sweetness tastes like a very blonde caramel. Hops character of orange and lemon flesh and zest blend pretty well. Bitterness is nicely blended throughout and lingers just a touch. Hops flavor is all tropical fruit—mango and coconut. Some bitterness is hiding in there, but the overall impression is sweet, not bitter.
Avery Brewing Company Raja Double IPA (90)
Rich and well blended. Dialed bitterness throughout that’s good for style. Lemon-heads candy, strong lemon/orange flavor. A fair chunk of that is the hops, but there’s something else going on. Moderate hops bitterness that melds with the tartness. There’s a splash of brighter esters and malt sweetness, but the funk from the nose is here, too. Sweet and juicy with lemon and orange and citrus notes. The hops are more favorable, less bitter, and balance well with the malt. Finishes with a slight bitterness and a nice sweetness.
Prison City Nope on a Rope (90)
A blend of light malt sweetness, bright hops juiciness, and perfect bitterness to keep it in balance. Hops flavors are intense and complex, with mandarin oranges, peaches, and melon. The malt, though a touch sweet, is layered with a touch of biscuit and bread, and a creamy body. Strong esters, and a slight minerality that accentuates some bitterness. Dank notes are in the background, and the finish is bitter with hops flavors and long lasting.
The Alchemist Focal Banger (90)
Assertive hops bitterness that lingers and sticks to the teeth. The flavor hits with an interesting complexity, adding grapefruit sweetness and pineapple that extends into the finish as it warms. Dank earthiness on the finish.
Founders Brewing Company All Day IPA (91)
It’s impressive for a session beer to be 4.7% and have that much flavor. Plenty of hop flavor but it’s a bit muddled. Bitter up front, but doesn’t linger unpleasantly. Hop flavors are more muted than aroma would suggest. Subtle tangerine, grapefruit. Begins as slightly piney and bitter but carries through to a sweet grapefruit finish. A bit of malt but fairly dry and light.
Avery Brewing Company Maharaja (91)
Sweeter and hotter, liked the citrus, liked the lemon. Nice sweetness from honey followed by citrus and lemon zest notes. Could have used a little less malt sweetness. Clean finish with good bitterness.
The Alchemist Heady Topper (91)
Had some oddness to it—curry? Complex flavor with some spice notes—smokey, earthy, cheesy, leather. Good sweet hop fruitiness of citrus, orange juice, slight grapefruit with mild notes of pine. Juicy character comes through. Touch of malt backbone. Finish is bitter but not lingering. It’s great how clear the hops were.
Eddyline Brewery Crank Yanker (91)
The hops character is citrus-forward (lemon, orange, a bit of grapefruit) with a touch of light stone fruit in the background and a little mint. The hops come in with a fruity sweetness that carries through the taste. Sweetness and bitterness balance, but the finish is slightly sweet.
Tröegs Independent Brewing Perpetual IPA (91)
White-wine grapes, lemons, spruce tips, and grapefruit. Moderately strong malt background can’t keep up, though it tries. Sweetness up front with a light hops avor and a medium hops bitterness. Slight herbal notes, similar to chai tea, but subtle. Aftertaste is bitter and moderately lasting. Not as smooth as other examples.
Melvin BrewingMelvin Brewing Hubert MPA Hubert MPA (91)
The fruit festival continues! Tropical fruit notes from the hops dominate the initial impression, with just the right amount of residual sweetness and body to support the botanical goodness. Long-lasting bitterness is exceptionally smooth. Slight sweetness in the finish offers balance. The body has a high carbonation that blends the beer and gives it a smooth character. As the beer warms a bit more flavors come out, and a nice juicy character is showcased. The finish is nice with a fresh hops character left on the tongue.
Goose Island Beer Company Goose IPA (91)
Sweet grainy malt, lychee, pineapple, orange, lemon. Fleeting but firm bitterness that dissipates quickly from the front of the tongue. The body is light, which allows for the hops to be showcased. The beer finishes with a grapefruit hops bitterness and a slight citrus sweetness. Slight cloying note as it starts to warm up. Drink this one cold.
Coronado Brewing Co. CoastWise (91)
Just a touch of sweetness in the start. Light toasted and slight caramel malt notes support medium bitterness. Rich hops complexity with a strong tropical character—mango, pineapple, with hints of coconut, especially as it warms up. Very light body. Finish is slightly astringent/harsh.
Green Bench Brewing Co. Sunshine City IPA (91)
Nice blend of hops sweetness. Some tropical fruit with some melon and mango. Some orange and grapefruit, a little lemon, and slight pine. Bitterness is in line and balances well with the malt and finishes not too bitter, not too sweet. A bit of alcohol is evident with some warmth.”
Rahr & Sons Brewing Company Dadgum IPA (91)
Great balance for a single IPA with a nice sweetness up front, but just bitter enough for a West Coast IPA. Body is light and refreshing with plenty of hops to back things up. Same hops flavors as in the aroma with a touch of toasted malt complexity mid-palate that is quite refreshing.
pHriem Family Brewers Down Under IPA (91)
Sweet smooth fruity notes up front. Lemongrass, pineapple, grapefruit, a little melon, some orange, subtle light stone fruit. Bitterness is moderate and cuts the sweetness well.
Samuel Adams Rebel Grapefruit IPA (91)
The citrus flavor is fresh and lively, with flavors from the juice, pith, and peel of the grapefruit. Biscuit malt sweetness is obvious, and the complexity brings out the juiciness of the citrus. The hops are piney and dank, with the bitterness keeping it from being too sweet and juicy. Just a hint of the perfume that was present on the nose, and a bit of burn in the aftertaste that lingers with it.
Transient Artisanal Ales Honeystone (91)
Florida Sunshine! A rich, citrus character, with big tangerine and mandarin orange, heightened by a nice malt/honey sweetness. Medium hops bitterness in the middle of the sip followed by a balanced rich sweetness. Body is slightly reserved.
Melvin Brewing 2x4 Double IPA (91)
Juicy orange and malt sweetness up front with some pine-like hops character. The sweetness almost offsets the bitterness from the piney hops. Hops bitterness lingers pleasantly.
Wicked Weed Brewing Freak of Nature (91)
The hops hit in the front with this beer. Grapefruit sweetness and bitterness that carry through. Some lemon, a little onion-like character. The bitterness hits and is lingering through the finish. Malt is moderately biscuity and a bit light for the hops. Warmth hits at the end.
Lagunitas Brewing Company IPA (92)
An intense hop juiciness, with white wine, gooseberry, lemon grass, pineapple, melon. Not much malt character—hop flavor is the show! Finish is mostly bitter but balanced, with a slight lingering bitterness.
AleSmith Brewing Company AleSmith IPA (92)
Simple malt bill with a touch of toasted character plays second fiddle to the light colored citrus hops (orange, grapefruit, lemon). Some earthy spice notes as well hit in the middle of the taste. Balance is great for the style, though a bit under-carbonated. Bitterness is present but not overwhelming.
Green Flash Brewing Company Jibe Session IPA (92)
Very distinctive citrus hops— lemon, tangerine, and a bit of grapefruit. There’s just enough malt sweetness with the tart citrus to evoke Lemon Heads candy before the bitterness rolls in smoothly. As the beer warms, an earthy mushroom-like character develops, which adds complexity and keeps me interested. Malt body is rather thin.
Ninkasi Brewing Company Total Domination (92)
Full avor both from the body and the hops character. Loving the blue- berry! I don’t know how it got into this beer, but it’s a welcome twist. Caramel malt backbone elevates the hops to just where they need to be. Bright back-of- the-tongue bitterness and an incredibly creamy mouthfeel.
Great Divide Brewing Company Titan IPA (92)
More balanced toward the malt than most American IPAs. Honey-like sweetness with supporting caramel and light brown sugar. Robust bitterness does its job but doesn’t get in the way. The flavor is much brighter than the aroma with pleasant floral and pine notes that are well-balanced with a complex malt character. Light bread crust, biscuit, and even wheat sweetness.
Breckenridge Brewery Breck IPA (92)
Juicy orange flavors, followed by moderate caramel and a long, pleasant bitterness. Similar to aroma, the hops flavor is floral and slightly herbal with a bit of that butterscotch-candy flavor up front. Prominent bitterness, but cut by the malt so as not to induce dry mouth.
Almanac Beer Co. Almanac IPA (92)
A blend of tropical fruit flavors including mango and pineapple, atop a slightly resinous pine foundation. Biscuity malt character is just sweet enough to balance the bitterness, which is firm but doesn’t get in the way. Slight mint and a little onion add depth under the juicy character. Aftertaste is bitter and long lasting, doesn’t grow but stays with you.
Flying Dog Brewery The Truth (92)
This beer has a nice smooth character with some pineapple, lemon, orange, and pine character. The biscuit malt sweetness adds to this beer. It finishes with a slight bitterness that lingers, but isn’t overly bitter. The malt character has a faintly British aspect to it: nutty and caramely. Long, balanced finish is a good blend of sweet and bitter.
Knee Deep Brewing Company No Seeds, No Stems (92)
There’s plenty of malt sweetness in this beer to balance the intense hoppy character. Bitterness and hops flavor shine through with citrus and pine as in the aroma. Clean otherwise and distubingly drinkable for the ABV. Slight bready character from the malt provides some sweetness. Really dry finish without a lot of hops presence with the exception of a citrus note.
SweetWater Brewing Company IPA (92)
Great hops presentation without being heavy handed. Malt supports without being sweet. Hops profile is a tasty blend of orange and pine with a simple malt backbone beneath. The orange has some sweetness with orange peel bitterness. Light hops flavor reprises the floral aroma and adds some citrus. Well balanced for the style.
Bronx Brewery No Resolution (92)
Moderate hops bitterness up front with a light citrus and pine fruity hops flavor. Light malt backbone gives a nice chewy, medium body. High carbonation helps emphasize the bitterness of the hops. Finishes with a long lasting bitterness that slowly grows. Have another sip before the bitterness grows too much.
Outer Range Brewing Co. One More Frontier (92)
Candied lemon pulls through on the flavor. Definitely a hint of grass but not the pronounced pine that is suggested in the aroma. Also some orange sweetness, pithy, with a lemongrass note on the finish and hints of strawberry. Bitterness is more pithy lemon than straight up harsh hops bitterness. Balance is sweet throughout but finishes dry and slightly bitter.
Heavy Seas Beer TropiCannon Citrus IPA (92)
Mandarin orange with a grapefruit kicker—comes through like a grapefruit orange soda. It’s sweet, dry, and slightly acidic. Some cherry esters and bready malt to remind you it’s beer, but the citrus is so dominant the hops are playing second fiddle, aside from the bitterness that lingers into the finish. The citrus rind finish lingers.
New Belgium Brewing Company Voodoo Ranger IPA (92)
The hops profile showcases lemon, some melon, pineapple, and a bit of pine and onion. Body is slightly light. Some nice balanced sweetness to bitterness.
Anchor Brewing Blackberry Daze IPA (92)
The resinous hops dominate the first impression, letting the berry come through in the swallow. The blackberry flavors integrate well with the citrusy hops notes, coming through as jammy. Combined with the bready and cracker malt, it’s like berry jam spread on a biscuit. Finishes dry, with berry on the aftertaste.
Stone Brewing Co. Tangerine Express IPA (92)
The citrus and hops flavors blend into an appealing mélange, with the quality of the citrus rind combining with a balance of malt and hops. Orange comes through more than tangerine and is fairly restrained in the mix—comes across as a standard IPA with good citrus and resinous hops flavors, with a clean bitterness, and light, bready malt. The hops bitterness is moderate, playing a supportive role. The malt is sweet, with a nice biscuit character.
WeldWerks Brewing Co. Fruity Bits Peaches and Cream (92)
Peaches and cream, with a heavy dose of sweetness. The malt is soft, bread-like, and doughy—very big for the style, and the touch of vanilla puts it over the top. The hops bitterness is low for the style, but definitely there. The finish is drier than expected, with little lingering sweetness.
Stone Brewing Company Ruination Double IPA 2.0 (92)
Aggressive hops bitterness is piney, resinous. Biscuity malt helps round out the finish. Hint of higher alcohols in the finish. Bitter orange, more scallions, a touch of earthiness, and a lovely caramel note. Complex flavor and great mouthfeel. Finishes with a lingering bitterness.
Breckenridge Brewery 471 Small Batch IPA (92)
Sweet, with some spicy earthy hops to round, but not quite enough. Moderate malt sweetness, touch of bitterness, light spicy hops, fair bit of earthy, moderate toasty, touch of biscuit, light plum, light floral, moderately creamy. Bitterness is pleasant but slightly subdued.
Lawson's Finest Liquids Super Session #2 (92)
Big hops flavors of citrus, lemon, lemongrass, floral, and grassy notes up front, with a medium bitterness. Light bready toasted malt and fruity esters that complement the hops. Well- balanced for the style, hops-forward, with just enough sweetness from the malt that gives way to a fruity hops profile that dominates through the finish.
Transient Artisan Ales Obligatory (92)
The aroma continues into the flavor, with melon, peach, mango, complex grapefruit, and lemon notes—could almost taste like a sour to a beer rookie. A medium malt background is sweet and bready. Fruity and tart hops flavors become a mild bitterness that extends into the finish. Slight carbonic bite at the end is dry and punchy.
Terrapin Beer Company Walking Dead Blood Orange IPA (92)
Bright orange citrus throughout intermingled with a complex malt character not often seen in fruited IPAs. The touch of bread crust and lightly toasted malts reminds me of orange marmalade on toast, with a hint of Grand Marnier. Not a lot of bitterness for an IPA, but some earthiness and floral hops characters. Reads a lot like an amber ale.
Denver Beer Co. Maui Express (92)
Coconut is present without being overwhelming. Tropical hops—pineapple, orange, lemon, and a touch of strawberry—support nicely. Moderately sweet with moderately low bitterness for an IPA, but it’s appropriate given the tropical goal. Coconut character doesn’t overdo it or push into suntan lotion territory. The tropical fruit hops character with the subtle coconut offer an enjoyable combination that doesn’t feel heavy-handed or forced.”
Coronado Brewing Company Islander IPA (93)
Slightly balanced on the side of malt for the style, but with enough bitterness to carry the sweetness. Hops are citrus and floral with hints of lemon, orange, lemongrass, passion fruit, and a touch of dank. A toasty bread backbone. Finish is slightly grassy and has just enough bitterness.
Founders Brewing Company Centennial IPA (93)
Nice, complex hops flavor with resiny, piney notes and some grapefruit rind and citrus. Great bitterness. Clean and dry finish with little-to-no malt profile.
Brooklyn Brewery Defender IPA (93)
The flavor is more in line for the style than the aroma with a bigger hops contribution, but it’s still very berry ester–forward for style. The melon is more subdued than in the aroma. Would like some more citrus to add complexity. Bitterness is centered for the style. Spicy/pine hops flavor. Light malt sweetness. Fairly dry.
Breakside Brewery Wanderlust (93)
Earthy hops flavor (rosemary with a bit of sage) hits first, but then a dollop of tropical/citrus comes in and takes over with rich tropical fruit (especially papaya), tangerine, some grapefruit, and lemon. Between the citrus and the esters, this is very fruity. A moderate sweetness hits up front, and the hops bitterness balances out the sweetness through the taste. Moderate-to-full chewy body.
Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Ruthless Rye IPA (93)
Nice grain sweetness without being husky. The malt profile defines this beer, with just enough hop flavor for balance. Nice dry finish.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Wookey Jack (93)
Medium malt sweetness with a moderate tannic astringency. Hops are earthy and spicy with a slight grassiness. Complex flavors bounce from roasty, smoked, and slight coffee notes to a sweet and dank hops character.
Green Flash Brewing Company Black IPA (93)
Prominent hop bitterness balanced by malt sweetness and the requisite roast and toast. The butterscotch aroma carries through to the flavor and works well. The sweetness is quickly overtaken by aggressive hop bitterness that finishes with a lingering astringency.
Evil Twin Brewing Molotov Cocktail (93)
Strong notes of pine, orange peel, and citrus followed by a pronounced caramel malt sweetness. Hops are more an undertone of the sweetness. Finishes dry but has a lingering sweet taste. It has that maltiness that overpowers the hops and is closer to a barleywine than an IPA.
Green Flash Brewing Company Palate Wrecker (93)
Complex hops character. Ripe juicy orange and grapefruit with some lemon zest. Nice supportive caramel malt sweetness—rye, caramel, and crystal malt. Had the very aggressive bitter and hoppy approach but hid the alcohol well. The neck-ruffling hops character was pretty extreme. Abrasive.
Victory Brewing Company DirtWolf Double IPA (93)
Strong fruity and tropical hop flavors—pineapple, star fruit, kiwi, lemon—is balanced with a grainy malt sweetness, but the balance is definitely weighted toward the hops. There is a floral element to it, but it’s more honey floral.
Russian River Brewing Company Pliny the Elder (93)
Nice malt sweetness that balances out the bitterness. Slight grassiness, notes of pineapple, pear, grapefruit, mango, and tangerine. Finish is decidedly bitter and lingering.
Melvin Brewing Co. Citradamus (93)
Juicy and rich tropical fruit character with moderate bitterness and a touch of lingering sweetness. Body is fairly big for style, but finishes relatively dry making you want another sip.
Oskar Blues Brewery Pinner Throwback IPA (93)
Vanilla, mint, tropical fruits, and a light caramel malt sweetness make for a unique flavor. Crisp carbonation and a light body deliver refreshment upon which the interesting flavors are layered. Hops bitterness is appropriately firm and completely in balance. Fresh and juicy. Aftertaste features a soft, rounded bitterness. Light but not thin-bodied.
Two Brothers Brewing Company Wobble IPA (93)
Clean malt and yeast flavors provide a nice base for some tasty hops avors with restrained bitterness. There are the expected strong citrus notes, but light pine and dank avors add a nice depth. Nice citrus up front, followed by forest floor and musty (but pleasant) notes. Subtle caramel rounds out the middle and gives way to a long, pleasing bitter finish.
MadTree Brewing Company Citra High (93)
Great blend of the hops and malt sweetness in this beer. Some biscuit notes. Nice orange, mango, pineapple, and melon-like fruit sweetness. The bitterness kicks in to balance the sweetness and is a nice addition without making this too bitter. The beer is crisp and bright through the finish. Alcoholic warmth adds to the overall character without overwhelming the palate.
Port Brewing Company Mongo Double IPA (93)
Assertive bitterness hits first and provides the context for everything else. The hops flavor slips in behind the bitter, with grapefruit and a woody pine, some pineapple and tropical fruit. Toasty malt adds body and a little sweetness. Nice juiciness, but finishes slightly dry.
Ghostfish Brewing Company Grapefruit IPA (93)
The grapefruit pithiness ushers in a healthy dose of dank, piney, resinous, tart hops. The grapefruit flavor is mostly rind, but a bit of juice. Biscuit maltiness on the back end and some caramel malt sweetness lend a fullness to the body and round it out. Floral esters and the hops bitterness linger through the aftertaste.
Green Bench Brewing Co. India Pale Ale (93)
Well balanced with significant fruit character from the hops. Citrus and red berry with a touch of mango and grassy/herbal to top things off. The malt is clean and supporting as it brings a slight toasted bready character. Bitterness lingers with a touch of coating sweetness.
Odell Brewing Company Tree Shaker Imperial Peach IPA (93)
The juiciness and fruitiness of the peach come through much more on the flavor, with the herbal and grassy hops playing more of a supporting role. Lots of sweetness up front for an IPA from the bready malts, which also work to support the fruity esters. Floral hops flavors are present, but not enough bitterness for an IPA. The finish is dry.
Melvin Brewing IPA (93)
Tangerine carries through into the flavor especially well. Lemon, orange, dank, and herbal all work their way in. There’s some alcohol evident as well. Moderate malt sweetness with some caramel and moderately high bitterness.
Fiction Beer Company Logic is Relative (93)
Starts with a fair amount of malty sweetness with a rich mix of fruity hops. Orange and peach dominate here as in the aroma. There are also some nice tropical fruit and pine and hints of coconut and brown sugar. Bitterness is right on for the style. Lingering fruit notes of mango, banana, and a bit boozy as it warms.
Lagunitas Brewing Company Maximus (93)
Wonderful, complex pine and citrus hops character blends nicely with just enough malt sweetness to balance and give it a soft body. Beer is slightly sweet for the style until the very finish which is nice and dry.
Eddyline Brewery Epic Day Double India Pale Ale (93)
Citrus and light stone fruit dominate the palate with just enough malt backbone to cut the intense hops character. The body is rich and inviting, but once you sip it, you are reminded that you’re above 10 percent. Medium dank hops flavor profile comes through mid-palate. Honey and caramel come through at the end.
Transient Artisanal Ales Zero Discipline (93)
Big fruit cocktail: tangerine, lemon, cherry, banana, peach, pineapple, mango. It’s hard to separate the hops from the fermentation esters. Some spicy black pepper notes. A light touch of alcohol warming toward the end of the sip. Smooth bitterness. Medium sweetness.
Drake's Brewing Co. Hop Vice White IPA (93)
Grassy and herbal. Slight spice, almost minty. Orange and lemon dominate here as on the aroma with fairly high bitterness for style. Malt is soft and just supports the high hopping rates. Finishes a touch sweet with a lingering bitterness.
Brew Gentlemen General Braddock's (93)
As in the aroma, a nice mix of grapefruit, mango, orange, peach, and melons with a touch of lemongrass for complexity. Moderate hops flavors and bitterness, with light melon and a slight banana flavor. A touch of sweetness that quickly dries out and a light spiciness that continues into the finish, leaving a low-level bitter aftertaste.
Brew Gentlemen Kabuto (93)
Tastes like a delicious casserole. Lots of curious flavors—roasted sweet red peppers, dank notes, and a hard-to-place umami richness. A bit boozy, but the crazy flavors hold up to it. The fine carbonation and slight sweetness remind you of the strength. A slight dank character as it warms, and it finishes with a light sweetness while the alcohol lingers.
Bear Republic Racer 5 IPA (94)
Hop flavor is a bit muted for the style. Mostly citrus, but malt sweetness comes through a bit. Finish is bitter but balanced— clean and dry with slight hint of citrus peel.
Ballast Point Brewing Company Unfiltered Sculpin (94)
Pine and lemon are front and center. Orange citrus notes with just a touch of toasted malt support. Significant, but not overwhelming, bitterness with enough malt backbone to make this beer really drinkable. A bit of pine. The keynote is that clean bitterness that offers a long aftertaste, partnered with the pine and some citrus. Well after the swallow, I’m still savoring.
Fiction Beer Company Fiction Beer Island of Conclusions (94)
Super fruity and complex. Peach, tangerine, orange, mango. Malt supports by providing a touch of sweetness and a rich backbone. It finishes lightly bitter but lacks the softness that makes so many of these beers excellent. Well balanced overall.
New Belgium Brewing Company Voodoo Ranger IIPA (94)
Light and well-balanced with a substantial bitterness to balance the nice honey sweetness with some bready malt character. Hops are a complex blend of orange, lemon, and pine with some herbal complexity in the finish. The alcoholic heat from the aroma isn’t nearly as present. Hops bitterness lingers, and the hops flavor lingers lightly into the aftertaste.
21st Amendment Brewery Down To Earth (94)
Flavor is consistent with the aroma. I have to search to find a lot. Tropical fruit and some citrus peel sits on top of a surprisingly sturdy malt foundation. A little bit of caramel in there. The bitterness is delightful, with a long, citrus-like finish. Full fruity hops avor. In contrast to some of the others, hops flavor is what persists into the nish.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery The Great Return (94)
Moderate bitterness with a bit of spicy notes supported by a bit of biscuity malt. A slight hint of fall spices—annatto seed, bitter orange, toffee, and a long, long bitterness. Substantial malt structure supports the hops character well.
Half Acre Beer Company GoneAway (94)
Earthy and piney with a slight honey-like malt sweetness and a well-constructed bitter profile that pushes to the edge of harsh without going over it. Citrus notes are more zesty than fruity. As aggressive as the aroma was, the flavor is quite rounded and approachable. A mild grapefruit-rind note helps it from going too far into the forest
High Hops Brewery Dr. Pat's Double IPA (94)
There is a smoothness to this beer. Lovely orange and pine needles along with a good dose of caramel malt. Great depth of flavor without excessive complexity. Straightforward but delightful. Some alcoholic warmth in the moderately bitter finish. Initial sweet citrus fades quickly into a malt-focused finish. Flavor is considerably more potent than the aroma.
La Cumbre Brewing Company Project Dank (94)
The biscuit and toast malt sweetness hit in the front. Grapefruit, orange, and some lemon citrus notes from the hops pick up and carry through. The bitterness is unobtrusive but completely adequate and carries through the finish and is appropriate with the malt and hops sweetness. Well balanced.
Avery Brewing Co. Twenty Four Imperial IPA (94)
This delivers the hops! Great resiny citrus flavor, touch of sweet malt, plenty of body, bitterness throughout, and a nice alcohol warming.
Blue Point Brewing Company Citrus Plunge IPA (94)
Intense orange flavors, with some incredible depth, bringing in flavors from the entire fruit, yet managing not to dominate. The thick, dank hops flavor adds a nice blend of bitterness and citrus. The dry malt character adds sweetness and some honey at the finish.
Golden Road Brewing Co. Wolf Pup (94)
Lemon, grapefruit, pineapple, and other tropical fruits dominate, but the resinous pine notes dance beneath and there’s an intense, clean bitterness. The light body is very well balanced with the bitterness. Just a touch of sweetness in the start that is balanced with the bitterness to give it a great dry finish.
Aslan Brewing Company Batch 15 IPA (94)
Medium body and chewiness with a complex citrus hops character (orange, lemon, blood orange). Malt bill supports the high hopping rate well, yielding a soft mouthfeel and restrained bitterness that doesn’t overpower the juicy hops flavors.
Cerebral Brewing Rare Trait (94)
Strongly lemon and grapefruit. The alcohol is fairly present for being a single IPA, but it transitions to a smooth welcomed bitterness that embraces you like an old friend. Drys out very nicely, and the lingering bitterness fades rapidly. Medium bitterness helps accentuate the perceived citrus acidity.
Southern Tier Brewing Company Tangier Session IPA (94)
Light and crisp, with a balance of bitter from the hops and citrus. Wonderfully dry, with pithy citrus flavors—the orange and grapefruit rind are well-matched with the resinous piney hops. Moderately high esters, with a splash of malt right before the swallow pops the hops back into focus, with a bitterness that coats the tongue and encourages another sip.
Creature Comforts Brewery Cosmik Debris 2017 (94)
Heavy on the grapefruit rind with a healthy amount of dankness and slight onion. A touch of malt sweetness keeps the hops from taking over. An assertive bitterness provides some balance without getting aggressive. Light spices are well balanced with the bitterness.
pFriem Family Brewers Blonde IPA (94)
There is a nice balance in this beer. Citrus sweetness with notes of grapefruit, lemon, some orange. A delicate sweetness continues throughout the taste. The bitterness adds complexity and carries through the finish but is not overpowering. Light body for the style, but very drinkable.
Golden Road Brewing Co. Heal the Bay IPA (94)
A delicate sweetness with a light body carry through the taste. Sweet notes with grapefruit, lemon, and some dryness of pine. Some onion and tropical fruit. The bitterness is in line with the light body and adds complexity without being overly bitter. Clean simple malt bill below.
The Hop Concept Tropical & Juicy (94)
Grapefruit juice notes and some orange. Sweet but not too sweet. Some bitterness and grapefruit through the finish with slight warmth. Strong toasted character with orange/lemon/pineapple esters. Intensely bitter throughout with a long nish. Rich pine with woody undertones and some lemon and orange. The bitterness is well executed with no harsh edges. Nice body, too.
3 Floyds Brewing Company Dreadnaught (94)
Super citrusy and a nice melon, mango-like fruit character with a chewy malt character that isn’t too heavy. Crisp and clean nish with a hint of alcohol heat. Smooth and well-integrated flavors. The bitterness is present but not too bitter, and the warmth in the finish adds to the experience. Light tangerine, light pine tar, earthy, with a light ethanol warmth. Nice carbonation and body. Fun mouthfeel. I like the bitterness.
Maine Beer Company Lunch (94)
Moderate bitterness up front, with dank, pine, and spicy bitterness. The hops bitterness is present but not big. Smooth body, with great carbonation and a nice blended character of spicy pine bitterness from the hops and citrus-rind notes. A light melon note toward the end of the sip.
Bissel Brothers Substance (94)
A great fruit complexity, featuring orange, pineapple, grapefruit, citrus, mango, lime, and melon. Moderate bitterness from the hops, with some pine, a little spice, and lemongrass. Very smooth, creamy body and mild carbonation. The finish is bitter and long-lasting.
Odd 13 Codename Superfan (94)
Spicy, resinous pine is most pronounced, yet underneath, fruity notes of orange, lemon, and citrus are present. Big sweetness that transitions into a medium bitterness toward the finish. Flavors are delicate and integrated, with good carbonation. The sip finishes a touch cloying, with a light bitterness.
Bissell Brothers Baby Genius (94)
Bright, light, and crisp, with a dry hops bitterness and light fruitiness. The citrus hops flavors pop up front, with light lemon, grapefruit, and orange. Majorly juicy, like hops candy. Mild malt sweetness quickly drops off to a nice backend bitterness—it’s very clean and showcases the hops well. The body approaches thin, but that’s understandable at this ABV.
Transient Artisan Ales The Juice is Loose (94)
Big fruitiness up front with melon, ruby red grapefruit, tangerines, and a light cherry. A medium sweetness with a light alcohol warming that’s balanced and not over the top. The pleasant malt sweetness fades into a nice bitterness that doesn’t linger too long.
Odell Brewing Company IPA (95)
Hop flavor is dominant with fruity citrus flavors. Medium hop bitterness with low straw malt qualities. A juicy IPA, with prominent fruity hops that bring out mango, tangerine, and ruby red grapefruit flavors. Some pine and floral flavors with a bitter finish that lingers.
Stone Brewing Company Ruination IPA (95)
Some spice, citrus, tangerine, orange, caramel, bread crust. Bitterness increases as it warms into earthy, spicy, grapefruit. Caramel candy in the flavor—cracker jacks? Low mint in the background with a musty yeasty earth character that gave it some dimension.
Foothills Brewing Jade IPA (95)
Intriguing sweetness and juicy fruit character in this beer. Nice citrus notes of orange, grapefruit, and lemon. The bitterness is measured with the malt and hops sweetness for a delicate, delightful malt backbone. Floral honey and lime citrus notes up front—a very different profile than what we have had so far. Almost a light acidic note with a touch of salt reminiscent of a gose. Dry aftertaste with medium bitterness that intertwines with that acidity.
Fort George Brewery Vortex IPA (95)
Some juicy grapefruit character and orange citrus notes. Serious hops flavor and bitter edge make a strong hoppy assertion. The bitterness lingers strongly into the finish and contributes a mild astringency, but the hops flavor sticks around to keep it company. There’s enough malt sweetness to remind you that it’s beer and not hops tea.
Central Standard Brewing Wizard of Hops (95)
Nice light bready malt flavor in the start. Lemon and orange in the middle beneath a strong peach backbone. Malt is clean and supporting without being sweet. Finish is bitter but not aggressive. Very smooth and well balanced.
Station 26 Brewing Co. Juicy Banger IPA (95)
Dank, resinous flavor, nice and strong, plus a rich citrus complexity. Slides smoothly into a rich bitterness. Moderately strong malt but still subservient to the hops. Clean, smooth bitter finish, with medium sweetness. Spicy notes, too, from the hops: oregano mostly. Tropical fruit.
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company The Shape of Haze to Come (95)
Rich hoppiness dominates this beer with citrus, tropical fruit, and pine throughout. Great balance, dry finish, notable hops bitterness, and everything persists well through the swallow. It’s very crisp and well-defined. Some noticeable heat on the back of your throat.
Ballast Point Brewing Company Grapefruit Sculpin (95)
The fruit and hops provide big citrus flavors of grapefruit, bringing in notes of zest and pulp. The hops are bold and bitter without being harsh, with dank and citrus characteristics. The malt is bready and smooth, sweet and supportive, but relatively thin.
Trillium Brewing Company Dialed In Sauvignon Blanc (95)
Big tropical juicy hops notes with big juicy grape. Moderate acidity and tannins, with a bit of wine character. Bready malt and low-to-moderate sweetness that’s balanced by moderately high (and lingering) bitterness and dryness.
Cerebral Brewing Tandem Jetpack (95)
A healthy balance of tropical fruit juice (orange and pineapple), dank dispensary character, and a healthy amount of bitterness (a characteristic sometimes lacking in New England IPAs). A pleasant amount of soft malt sweetness rounds everything out, but the bitterness carries through, just to remind you, that despite the haze, this is still an IPA first and foremost.
Brouwerij West Picnic Lightning (95)
Lemon, lemongrass, grapefruit, bready. Moderate sweetness, moderate-to-high firm bitterness that balances the body nicely. Body and mouthfeel are spot on, with an underlying sweetness that offsets most of the finishing bitterness. Relatively high carb, which makes it pop on the palate.
WeldWerks Brewing Co. Alpha Bits #5 (95)
Bright and rich fruity flavors of ripe pineapple, candied orange, and mango. The dankness is much more subdued and provides just a touch of complexity. Nice malt sweetness and creamy mouth feel. A touch of bitterness that grows after the sip, but malt and juicy hops flavors dominate.
Revolution Brewing Company Unsessionable (95)
This obviously higher-ABV take on a double IPA hides the light alcohol warmth well under fruit-salad hops notes, soft malt, tangerine, pineapple, and mouthlling carbonation. Tropical fruit in a dense pine forest with lingering bitterness.
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery Quadrahop (95)
Strong orange and lemon hops avor over a moderate toasted malty sweet backbone. Bitterness is moderate throughout, and the beer nishes pretty dry. Nice Juicy character with orange and grapefruit juice. Very clean citrus hops flavor—tangerine, orange, and lemon, with spicy undertones. I still get the basil here, too, like Thai basil. Pleasant hops bitterness with a solid malt back. The finish is clean and not harsh.
Against the Grain Brewery Rico Sauvin (95)
Bright and juicy hops notes are high on avor and moderate on bitterness. Finish is clean with only a hint of astringency. Malt is lightly sweet and balanced perfectly with the moderate hops bitterness. Slight astringency in the bitterness distracts from the otherwise pleasant finish. The juicy character of the beer carries through to the finish and sits beside the bitter aspects from the hops in this beer.
Foley Brothers Prospect (95)
Very fruity, very sweet, almost cocktail-like. The fruit fest continues, but now it’s joined by some deeper notes: guava, bits of evergreen, and tamarind. The bitterness keeps the beer in check but it finishes a little sweet with a honey-like malt sweetness.
Heavy Seas Beer Double Cannon (95)
Hops profile is explosive! Tropical flavors, citrus-peel bitter, lightly caramel sweet, lingering bitterness.
Maine Beer Company Another One (95)
Moderate bitterness, with light pine notes that extend well into the finish. Light dank and earthy notes, with a little pine and hops freshness. The flavors are delicate, with notes of pineapple, lemon, and tropical fruit. The mouthfeel is creamy and soft, with gorgeous carbonation.
Coronado North Island IIPA (95)
A wallop of hops fruitiness up front mellows into a nice touch of sweetness, that tapers into an appropriate bitter and juicy finish. Hops flavors incorporate candied oranges, pineapples, over-ripened mangoes, and papayas. Some danky pine notes emerge as it warms, but this only adds depth to an already stellar beer—the orange and tropical fruit notes play off each other and the medium bitterness nicely.
Great Notion Juice Box (95)
Fruit sweetness that includes mango, pineapple, grapefruit, and light strawberry. Very smooth and complex. Flavors of pine, resin, and spice lend some awareness to the alcohol content, emerging in the middle and lasting to the end. The body is fluffy and creamy, allowing the beer to blend well throughout the taste through the finish.
Bissell Brothers Nothing Gold (95)
Bright, juicy, fresh fruitiness, with moderate grapefruit and mango flavors. Just a hint of fruit sourness in there. There’s a blend of orange, pineapple, and grapefruit that meld with the spice, dank, and pine from the hops. The mouthfeel is pretty thick; the malt adds a little sweetness, yet the finish is somewhat dry.
Stone Brewing Company IPA (96)
Complex hop flavor without any singular flavors dominating—citrus rind, some floral, and citrus juice character, subtle pine. Balanced well with light sweet malt character. Citrus up front with juicy grapefruit and some pine, earthy hop flavors add complexity. Bitterness prominent and lingers only long enough to beg for more.
Ska Brewing Company Modus Hoperandi (96)
Bright, almost sharp hop flavors with prominent citrus rind, resin, pine. Some subtle yeast fruitiness and pleasant malt sweetness that also has some subtle biscuit character. Bitterness is prominent, but well balanced with malt. Big hop flavor.
Samuel Adams / Boston Beer Company Rebel IPA (96)
Complex and assertive hop flavor up front with notes of grapefruit, tropical fruit, and pine. Decidedly bitter in flavor and finish, but still drinkable. Malt has a slight bread crust character. Good balance with bitterness.
Superpower IPA Superpower IPA (96)
Orange and tangerine dominate the palate with notes of grapefruit, some lemon, and a little tropical fruit (mango and pineapple). The hops come through from the start to the finish of the sip. Nice balancing malt. Some nice bitterness in the finish helps cut the sweetness. Balance is pushing IIPA, but in a massively drinkable way.
Cigar City Brewing Space Pope IPA (96)
Well balanced with a lightly toasted malt bill supporting citrus and tropical fruit and a touch of light stone fruit. Finishes a bit sweet, but the medium-high lingering bitterness helps to cut through the sweetness. Moderate alcohol warmth.”
The Veil Brewing Co. Master Shredder (96)
The malt character is light, but delivers the hops well. Notes of pine, herbal, lemon, pineapple, and grapefruit pithiness give way to some stronger, dank earthy flavors. It’s a bit dry with some warmth. The herbal tea flavor and malt sweetness up front transition to a bitter finish with medium spiciness throughout the sip.
La Cumbre Brewing Company Elevated IPA (96)
Orange and pine carry over from the aroma and saturate the flavor profile. Clean hops flavors, a kiss of caramel, and a nicely balanced bitterness make a beautiful impression on the palate. A drier IPA with fruit notes of grapefruit and lime. Low malt note to round out the flavor. The carbonation and lime notes at the end create a surprising bite, but not in a bad way. Almost a slight hint of a roast character. The juiciness of this beer is alluring.
Bell's Brewery, Inc. Two Hearted Ale (96)
Spicy rye-like character with hops-driven flavors of orange, mango, and peach. Solid malt structure with substantial body and residual sweetness to keep bitterness in check. Excellent creamy mouthfeel. Big sweetness up front with almost a low caramel note. On the second sip, the sweetness faded, and the malt balanced perfectly with the fruity hops and slight bitterness.
Two Roads Brewing Company Road 2 Ruin (96)
The forest turns a bit more ominous. Dark juniper richly lingers, but paired with an assertive bitterness. There’s just enough body and malt to make the medicine go down, but this is a seriously bitter potion. Although the bitterness is strong, it is also nuanced—I even get some roast coffee here, too. The gradient from start to finish is smooth and works well. Finishes with a slight alcohol warmth.
Great Notion Juice, Jr. (96)
Grapefruit, orange peel, and citrus hops flavors with a subtle amount of dank hops. Juicy hops dominate with just enough sweet malt to balance. The fruity hops punch becomes more complex the longer it sits on the tongue. Lighter body than expected but the body grew as it warmed. Finishes with a moderate bitterness of dank hops, and the dryness makes for a crushable beer.
Knee Deep Brewing Company Breaking Bud (96)
Well-balanced pine-forward IPA with some light lemon character and light toasted and bready malt notes supporting. Medium body with a balanced bitter finish that has some fruity notes.
Eel River Brewing Company Earth Thirst Double IPA (96)
Where the aroma was more focused on juicy, the flavor highlights more rind-like citrus flavors, heightened by a nice amount of bitterness. The malt sweetness expertly balances out the bitterness and brings out a nice ruby red grapefruit juice flavor on the back end.
Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company The Shape Of Hops To Come (96)
Medium malt sweetness accentuated by citrus hops notes. Malt tastes like a blend of toasted and caramel varieties. Intensely bitter on the finish—the bitterness from the hops hits in the front and carries through this beer well into the linger. Fresh and vibrant mango and pineapple notes dance with pine tree and green herbs. Light malt sweetness in the finish, too.
Lawson's Finest Liquids Sip of Sunshine (96)
Big earthy bitterness, lightly chalky, resinous but not sharp. Surprisingly low bitterness for the obviously large amount of hops in the beer. Lovely caramel malt sweetness helps round out the finish and offset a tiny bit of astringency. Moderate creamy aftertaste. Lovely! Big juicy oranges and passion fruit. Residual sweetness is welcome and lends balance to the pleasantly bitter finish.
Grimm Artisanal Ales Tesseract (96)
Tons of delicious pineapple juice flavor! A silky malt body puts the hops flavor up on a pedestal but remains unobtrusive and simply supportive. This is a powerfully fruity and delightfully delicious beer, regardless of category—the smoothness and fluffiness of this beer is excellent with lemon, pineapple, and mango fruit sweetness. A soft bitterness backs up the copius fruit flavors.
Golden Road Brewing Wolf Among Weeds (96)
Big pine and citrus notes couple with a superclean malt profile. Intense bitterness lingers long after the beer is swallowed. Nice and dry on the finish to accentuate the bitterness. Pine and citrus complexity—lemon and tangerine. Wonderful flavor—strong but not overwhelming and expands on the nose nicely. Good bitter foundation that anchors the finish. Very mild flash of alcohol warmth at the swallow, but smooth. Fairly dry.
Transient Artisan Ales Cromulent (96)
Hops-forward with pine and citrus dominant, and as it warms, some pineapple notes appear. There is a moderate fruity sweetness up front that’s almost like candy. Medium malt body that’s sufficiently complex without distracting from the hops. The mouthfeel is slightly sweet through the mid-palate, but it gives way to a dry and slightly bitter finish that entices you to take the next sip.
Brew Gentlemen Tree Star (96)
Balanced like an Orange Julius—fruity and sweet throughout, with bitterness to balance, and a bit of tartness mid-palate. Resinous and spicy piney hops characters add just enough bite to help temper the light malt bread-crust sweetness but don’t linger too long. Good carbonation makes the right parts of the beer pop. Finishes slightly dry and bitter, with notes of mango and tropical fruit.
Trillium Vicinity (96)
Lots of flavor, and the pineapple, orange, mango, and tropical fruits hit with a burst of juiciness. They carry through a creamy body to a nice, refreshing finish. Well blended with the sweet berry and fruit flavors that mix with the bitterness of the hops flavors. Finishes dry and bitter.
Odd 13 Papa Silenus (96)
Lots of very ripe mango, peach, pineapple, grapefruit, tangerine, and kiwi. The hops bitterness lingers with just a touch of malt sweetness to mellow it out. Full, rich malt character adds some sweetness throughout and finishes with a light, warming alcohol.
Full Sail Brewing Co. IPApaya (96)
The papaya is well presented up front, but isn’t so overwhelming that you forget you’re drinking a beer. The tropical fruit flavors are complex, comprising banana esters and coconut, but play a supporting role. Some hops bitterness, with pine that lingers smoothly through the finish. The carbonation does its job to open up the taste, finishing dry, keeping the fruit from becoming too cloying. There is a great balance to this beer.
Lagunitas Brewing Company DayTime IPA (97)
A balanced flavor that has hops and malt done well. Hop flavors similar to aroma but not as intense. Light to medium malt sweetness.
Odell Brewing Company Myrcenary (97)
Great hop flavor and bitterness level. Uses a lot of Citra. Good complex fruit character carries through with notes of brown sugar, caramel, lemon zest, bread crust, toast. Bitterness works perfectly with malt and lingers slightly.
Lagunitas Brewing Company Lagunitas Sucks (97)
Hop character carries through with a unique and complex profile ripe with sweet citrus and tropical fruit but balanced with a dose of spruce. Hints of orange marmelade and candied grapefruit come through. Subtle bread crust flavor in the malt, and a slight amount of alcohol heat in the clean finish.
WeldWerks Fruity Bits Pina Colada (97)
Huge spiced and fruit notes of mango, pineapple, and maybe a touch of coconut. The bitterness is balanced and maybe slightly accentuated by, the spices. The fruity flavors are rounded out so wonderfully with a beautiful fluffy mouthfeel that is expertly executed. Finishes with a light alcohol harshness and a ton of coconut.
Green Flash Brewing Company West Coast IPA (97)
Complex citrus hops character (blood orange, grapefruit pith) with a little nice pineapple, and substantial bitterness, but enough bright malt character that provides a good balance to the hops with some sweetness and residual sugars. Mouthfeel is great with a dry finish. Hops bitterness lingers but is not unpleasant and to be expected from this style.
Schlafly / The Saint Louis Brewery Tasmanian IPA (97)
A wonderfully balanced beer that has a huge amount of fruity hops flavor up front that evolve to show more pine and dank character. Strong overripe banana, pineapple, and mango. Suggestions of earthiness are fleeting. Nice silky carbonation on the tongue. As in the aroma, the flavor suggests some wheat and the light fluffiness that implies.
Oskar Blues Brewery IPA (97)
I'm immediately hit by how dry this beer is. A hint of grainy malt avor, but this is all about the hops, which come through with lemon, green, and a bit of pine resin. Strong citrus character and good body.
Lord Hobo Brewing Co. Boom Sauce (97)
Full and juicy citrus notes and some tropical fruit like mango and pineapple. Wow. All of the fruit promised by the aroma is here in the flesh. Just a beautiful melange of fruity notes that continue to impress with each and every sip. Substantial but completely appropriate malt backbone supports the hops with a delicious light caramel sweetness.
Left Coast Brewing Trestles IPA (97)
A beautiful blend of sweet, Munich malts, and fruity grape-like hop flavors. The bitterness is not so strong that it overwhelms. Tons of complex hops flavors with notes of tangerine, lemon, some pine, dank, and a hint of pineapple. Hops come through almost candy-like, and finish is dry and bitter but not lingering. Bitterness is spot on.
Golden Road Brewing Point The Way IPA (97)
Very bright at the front of the palate, fades very quickly. Moderate lemon, grass, and grapefruit avors with just enough bitterness that drops into a dry finish. Almost effervescent with a slight carbonic bite. Malt body is light but enough to support the moderate hops profile. Piney and spicy with slight peppery notes. Very clean finish with a long-lasting bitterness.
Creature Comforts Brewing Company Tropicália (97)
Balanced (for an IPA), with a hint of residual sweetness. Rich hops avor (resin, pine, citrus, grapefruit, tropical fruit) matched with a pleasant bitterness and proper malt background. Low IBUs are not as palate-cleansing as some other IPAs, but let the fruity hops notes shine.
21st Amendment Brewery Brew Free! Or Die IPA (97)
Juicy tropical fruits, oranges, and peaches with a hint of vanilla? An adequate malt body adds hints of toast and a bit of sweetness that carries into the finish. The finish flirts with bitterness, but that small bit of honey sweetness helps keep it in check. Despite the perceived sweetness, it’s remarkably dry, and the bitterness helps balance it.
3 Floyds Brewing Company Cimmerian Sabertooth Berzerker (97)
Bright and full of flavor. Great fruit character: pineapple, orange, melon, mango, lemon, citrus notes. The fruit characters are showcased throughout and carry in the finish without being too sweet. The bitterness is there to just balance this beer. Touch of toast. Silky caramel malt body.
Bear Republic Brewing Co. Café Racer 15 (97)
Intense citrus character with plenty of lingering bitterness. This is the first beer tonight that I would say pushes the ‘big’ end of the style. The malt is slightly bready and medium sweet, and the juicy hops flavor is huge; they play off each other well. Somewhat of a pine character is there in the back that coats the back of the throat.
Grand Teton Brewing Company Teton Range IPA (97)
Clean, hoppy, fairly bitter. Fruity notes of lemon and grapefruit, strawberry, and tropical fruit dominate the palate with some nice piney complexity in the background. Malt bready sweetness, like Belgian waffles. Some grassy earthiness adds complexity. The hops are showcased and are carried with some assertive bitterness that hits, carries through the finished taste, and lingers.
Wormtown Brewery Hopulence (97)
Bright and clean hops profile fades quickly into a nice, lightly sweet grainy finish. Simple and clean. Lemon tartness and light pine flavors dominate. The hops fruit character is showcased here and carries through the finish. A slight bitterness but not too bitter. Some nice warmth is present in the finish as well. Appreciable malt body leads to a long, smooth, balanced finish.
Captain Lawrence Brewing Company Palate Shifter (97)
Little bit of floral hops character—honeysuckle—along with some lemon and grassiness. Clean, straightforward malt character. Super crisp finish with no lingering astringency. Bergamot, Darjeeling, and lemongrass. Supportive light malt body is spritzy and fun with a great mouthfeel. Some light alcoholic warmth.
Odd 13 Fairy Hopmother (97)
The hops flavors are resinous, and provide lots of fruit flavors that carry throughout the beer, showcasing each fruit: grapefruit, orange, pineapple, mango, light orange, and peach. Yeasty, bready body that’s soft and fluffy. Some earthy funkiness in the middle, with a light piney bitterness and a touch of malt in the finish.
WeldWerks Remember a Day (Extra Juicy Bits) (97)
Restrained juicy sweetness with orange and light grapefruit, with some Tutti-Frutti flavor. It’s juicy, and showcases an array of complex fruits with some pine and spice. Medium hops bitterness that supports the malt sweetness. Moderate body with medium carbonation, and a light, warming alcohol. Lemony aftertaste.
Trillium Scaled Up (97)
Moderately sweet and bitter, with a blend of fruity and earthy hops. Lots of orange, mango, and tangerine. Dank, piney hops along with notes of resin, onion, grass, and cat. As the beer warms, the sharper flavors emerge, with the pine and resin rounding out the back end.
Wicked Weed Brewing Pernicious (98)
Hops flavors of evergreen trees, chardonnay, and lemongrass set the stage for a surprisingly smooth beer. Bitterness is smooth, and despite the appearance of the beer, the malt character is more than just a blank canvas. Finish is dry and pleasant. The complexity in hops flavors that was promised from the aroma is delivered quite well.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Double Jack (98)
Fruity, intense hops carry through—pine, lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, some cattiness. Bitterness compliments the rich malt profile well. Lingering bitterness.
Two Roads Brewing Two Juicy (98)
The intense fruitiness from the aroma continues into the flavor. If the color weren’t golden straw, I might be convinced I was drinking Hawaiian Punch. Just a slight amount of bitterness on the back end provides a nod to the base style ‘IPA,’ but the hops flavor is the star. For as fresh as the hops flavors are, there is little hops bite or yeasty burn common in rushed versions of this style.
10 Barrel Brewing Company Joe (98)
Grapefruit, some tangerine, and light pineapple backed by moderate resinous dank hops and a bit of malt sweetness, big mouth-fillling carbonation. A very clean beer that allows some pleasant hops flavors to shine through without showing off.
Tree House Beer Company Haze (98)
“A ton of orange on the nose, with complementary notes of peach and passion fruit. The flavor is similar with a blast of citrus and orange followed by spicy grapefruit and earthy dankness. A lingering but pleasant finish awaits.”
Alpine Beer Company Nelson (98)
Lemon and lemongrass, as in the aroma, with amplified—as in cranked up to level 11—grapefruit. Moderate malt sweetness, touch of resinous pine, moderately dank, strong bitterness, light grassy notes. Lovely creamy mouthfeel! Perhaps the spearmint character heightens the perception, but there is a briskness and lightness to this beer that is unique and quite welcomed. There is still a prominent piney character to balance the spearmint, but it doesn’t overpower.
Brew Gentlemen Beer Company Albatross (98)
Rich and chewy with tons of lemon, orange, pineapple, tangerine, hints of coconut. Crazy complex hops profile that blends well with the bready malt. Some sweetness in the start with a touch of pine resin, bitterness, and fantastic lingering mix of fruit flavors in the finish.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Luponic Distortion 006 (98)
Well balanced and hops-forward, appropriate for style. Malt is simple and clean with a light touch of toast. Bitterness is forward and lingers, inviting the next sip. Hops flavor is complex: grapefruit, orange, and a really subtle tangerine come through up front. Finishes with a blend of base malt and tropical fruit. Nice pillow-like mouthfeel that dries out nicely.
Melvin Brewing Drunken Master (98)
Rich and chewy mouthfeel with medium lingering bitterness. Really bright juicy fruit on the front carries through on the back and turns to a nice pine character that lingers into the back of the palate. Malt profile is full-sized, but the bitterness backs it up. Alcohol is well integrated, inspiring!
Weldwerks Juicy Bits (98)
This beer showcases the spicy and resinous hops very well while remaining juicy throughout. The citrus notes of orange, tropical pineapple, melon, and mango add a nice fruity complexity throughout the taste. Spot- on carbonation adds to the refreshing character, and the slight sweetness during the sip transitions into a mild palate-cleansing bitterness that lingers in the finish.
3 Floyds Brewing Company Arctic Panzer Wolf (98)
“A massive IPA that will leave your palate its hapless victim. Scorched earth is our brewery policy.”
Great Notion Whole Melon (98)
Big fruity flavors from hops and esters, including mango, passionfruit, orange, and a little melon, with a hint of mint hidden in there. It’s juicy, luscious, and succulent. The body is smooth and creamy, delicate and fluffy. The hops bitterness is restrained and provides just enough kick to prevent the beer from being sweet. Earthy and light dank funkiness transitions to fruity lemon and pineapple.
Trillium Congress Street (98)
Tropical fruits—mango, pineapple, grapefruit, clementine, and orange—hit right up front with sweet juiciness. A medium spicy hops bitterness carries and cuts off some of the sweetness, giving off big pine hops and slight coffee notes. Full and fluffy mouthfeel, luscious and smooth, with nice carbonation. Finishes semidry with a touch of sweetness.
Lawson's Finest Liquids Peril Imperial IPA (98)
A punch of intense hops essences and boozy sweetness that welcome your palate to the party. The flavors are deep and bold, ranging from sweet cherries, orange marmalade, and even Grand Marnier liqueur. A dankness pervades the background of the beer, and the sweetness is tempered by the significant booze and hefty bitterness. It’s bitter, but balanced enough to really enjoy. The malt backbone supports, but does not overwhelm. Light acidity accentuates the fruit notes.”
Brew Gentlemen Foshomo (99)
Rich and chewy up front, moderately bitter and dry in the back. Peach, citrus, pine throughout. The candy-like malt sweetness that helps bring out the fruity hops subsides nicely. Very complex beer. Alcohol does not seem as strong as the flight placement indicates. Enjoyable lingering aftertaste of mangos, hops bitterness, and sweet malt.
Sixpoint Brewery Resin (99)
Sweet, over-ripe orange and orange peel with a nice supportive malt backbone with a honey sweetness that plays nicely with the hops. Still bitter in the finish but balanced with some sweetness.
Ballast Point Brewing & Spirits Sculpin IPA (99)
Very bright with aggressive piney hops flavors, moderate malt, a slight garlic flavor, and grapefruit and pine notes. Dialed-in bitterness hits the mark. Lots of hoppy goodness with lemon candy, green, and floral notes. Delicious. Juicy hops notes with hints of tangerine, lemon candy, green and floral notes, plus balancing pine and dankness.
Alpine Beer Company Duet (99)
A stellar blend of malt sweetness and fruit-forward hops (tangerines, pineapple, kiwi, grapefruit). Bitterness is spot on, providing an excellent contrast and cleansing the palate without diminishing the hops candy character. Lots of orange, lemon zest, pineapple, clementine, pine. Finishes dry and bitter, yet somewhat balanced and restrained.
Foley Brothers Pieces of Eight (99)
Rich toasted malt backbone to support the huge hops bill. Hops are a nice blend of citrus and tropical fruit. Orange and mango with a touch of pineapple, lemon, grapefruit. Finishes intensely bitter but not harsh. The hops flavor is every bit as pronounced as the nose—it’s huge and fresh. The herbal spiciness is here in spades, but now I can get a bit of pineapple, evergreen, and perfume as well. Finishes sweet and juicy with some balanced bitterness and some warmth. The body is not big, but is nice and allows a good showcase of the hops.
Station 26 Brewing Company Single Hop Citra IPA (99)
Bright, juicy, dank hops dominate with hints of grapefruit and a subtle mango/pineapple note, but not as much bitterness as I was expecting from the aroma. Light, clean malt sweetness. Nice dry finish with a pleasant bitterness that doesn't seem to linger. A very full chewy IPA, with a wheat-like turbidity. Alcohol presence lends a warming finish. Bitter enough to pull it all together, without overpowering.
Tree House Beer Company Julius (99)
“Bursting with pungent American hops, Julius is bright and juicy, filled with flavors and aromas of mango, peach, passion fruit, and a mélange of citrus juice. It has a soft, pillowy mouthfeel and rounded bitterness.”
New Holland Brewing Company Mad Hatter (99)
All of the fruity suggestions of the aroma are manifested in the juicy flavor. A delicate malt sweetness complements the fruit, and an unobtrusive but entirely sufficient, bitterness supplies balance. A wonderful play of hops and malt. The orange zest front works well with the biscuit maltiness, giving the nice complexity to this beer.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Leo v. Ursus Fortem (99)
Bright orange and tangerine notes pop on the tongue and quickly give way to rich tropical notes of pineapple. Malt sweetness balances the bitterness that is in line with the body.
Great Notion Brewing Mandela IPA (99)
Wake up, get fresh fruit, blend it. Enjoy your juice. Make it for friends. This is a light smoothie full of flavor: strawberry, raspberry, orange, lemon, and pine. Extremely restrained bitterness that lets the whirlpool and dry hop shine. Body is solid. Chewy, juicy, rich mouthfeel. Give me the rest of this!
Trillium Brewing Company Artaic (99)
Very juicy notes of mango and melon, some pineapple, maybe a little strawberry-like flavor. Some juice-like sweetness complements the sweetness of the malt. Maybe a hint of saltiness? Deep herbal components suggest oregano and cumin.
Foley Brothers Fair Maiden (99)
Rich malt backbone, possibly some adjunct use with proteins to thicken things up? Hops are strongly citrus, mostly orange and lemon with some pineapple beneath. Well blended throughout the palate and no rough edges. Nice citrusy hops—tangerine and grapefruit—buoyed by a breath of malt. Good bitterness that lasts into the finish, but the citrus is the main impression. Nice malt sweetness to back the hops. Lots of juicy fruit character—pineapple, orange, lemon—it all comes together and blends but stands out nicely. The finish is equally strong. Great hops flavor that carries through this beer.
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Union Jack IPA (100)
Floral, pineapple, tropical fruit sweetness that’s rounded out by an appropriate bitterness. Hop flavors are a little different than the aroma would suggest—more traditional NW flavors with citrus rind, tangerine, and mango notes followed by pine and floral. Bitterness is very nice and lingers appropriately in the finish.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Burton Baton (100)
Dark fruit notes with fig and grape must flavors. Firm alcohol presence and an intense malt richness that borders on barleywine. There’s definitely age on this and a hint of wood, and the perfect amount of hop bitterness to balance out the sweetness.
Lawson's Finest Liquids Double Sunshine IPA (100)
Big juicy American hops up front with notes of melon, slight orange creamsicle, grapefruit, tangerine, and a touch of pineapple. Bitterness is nice and lingering to carry the hop profile through. Caramel pops up in finish. Some sweetness in background of brown sugar or honey. There is this musty funk that might be a yeast thing—dirt? It’s what it needed to not be cookie cutter bland.
Tree House Brewing Company Alter Ego (100)
A really well-rounded pint. Fruit notes are nicely balanced, with no one aspect sticking out obtrusively. Earthy character from the nose is apparent in the flavor as well, even more so as the beer warms. An exceptionally smooth bitterness helps this go down easily, and good residual malt sweetness provides just the support this beer needs. So juicy and in all the right ways. All the strong flavors promised in the aroma are delivered, and then some.
Tree House Brewing Company Green (100)
More fruity notes of pineapple, mango, and assorted tropical fruit. There’s a nice smoothness to this beer bordering on uffy. Fresh-cut pineapple stewed in pineapple juice and topped with candied pineapple. Malt backbone is chewy and substantial, while the bitterness is dangerously smooth. Melon and cantaloupe right off the bat! Low spicy notes in the middle of the sip. Very unique.
WeldWerks Double Dry-hopped Juicy Bits (100)
Hops candy flavor, with big cantaloupe and coconut. Pineapple and guava emerge retronasal. There’s just enough herbal and dank in the background to remind you it’s hops and not actual fruit. It’s not sweet, but that’s the perception because of the fruity hops. The finish is light and sweet with mango and a bit of bitterness.
Maine Beer Company Dinner (100)
Intensely hoppy with a nice chewy malt backbone to support. Same white grapefruit and lemon predominate with some tropical-fruit notes peeking through. Well-balanced throughout. It’s a fruity citrus party—lemon dominates with orange, tangerine, and grapefruit facets, along with some pineapple and mango. After a moment, it shifts to grapefruit as the bitterness builds.