194 of the Best IPAs, Blind-Tasted and Ranked
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 nish.
Grimm Artisanal Ales Tesseract (96)
Tons of delicious pineapple juice avor! 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 uf ness of this beer is excellent with lemon, pineapple, and mango fruit sweetness. A soft bitterness backs up the copius fruit avors.
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 nish 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.