Style: American Imperial IPA
Melvin Brewing 2x4 Double IPA
What the brewers say
“This is the best damn DIPA in the world. So close your eyes, open up, and experience the mad floral, citrusy, and clean taste of hops talent.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Orange, pineapple, and light pine notes up front with a slight butter character that comes through. As the beer warms, the fruity notes express more. Malt gives off a boozy character with some evident sweetness.”
Flavor: “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.”
Overall: “Bold hops levels, lots of bitterness but with plenty of malt backbone. A bit rich and sweet in the overall balance, but a tasty hops-bomb sipper. All the components express themselves individually and in turn.”
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New Belgium The Hemperor HPA®
Our brewers are always on the lookout for different hops varieties and the complexities and flavors new strains can bring. That’s where hemp comes into the picture. Without getting too nerdy, we found a unique way to recreate hemp terpene flavors in a beer, which complement the inclu- sion of hop flavors and hemp hearts (seeds) in a brand new, delicious way not to mention this beer is extremely dank! The flavors and aromas are so unique that it’s a style unto itself, hence HPA®.
Tröegs Independent Brewing Hop Knife
Cracking open a Hop Knife takes me right to the hops fields in Yakima,’ says our brewmaster, John Trogner. ‘When we’re out there for harvest, walking the fields and talking to the farmers, those notes of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit are everywhere. For me, Hop Knife embodies that whole experience.’
High Hops Brewery Dr. Pat’s Double IPA
Who is Dr. Pat? A dentist, third-generation farmer, and cofounder of High Hops Brewery. Dr. Pat cultivated our on-site hops farm in 2007, which led to the opening of High Hops Brewery in 2012. It’s his recipe that creates this malty, heavily hopped beer. We brew it with continuous hops additions using hops grown in that same field more than 10 years later.