Samuel Adams / Boston Beer Co American Kriek
What the brewers say
“Our take on a Belgian Kriek is aged on Balaton cherries for an intense black cherry character. A rich maltiness and hint of toasted oak balance and mellow the dark red fruit and tart sweetness.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Belgian fruity notes of banana and clove braced by aged sherry. Dark cherry and bubble gum on top of lots of spice and earthy notes.”
Flavor: “Banana notes mix with a spiced earthy funkiness that is a welcome surprise after the strong Belgian yeast aroma. The cherries are tart and present but have a sharp edge to them—more plum than fresh cherry. The linger is funky, long lasting, and dry. Sherry and some woody vanillin character are apparent. Finishes with tartness and some sweetness on the tongue.”
Overall: “The flavor doesn’t quite live up to such a pleasant aroma. An interesting mix of Belgian yeast with banana and slight clove, a strong funkiness, and dark cherry flavor. The funkiness overpowers once you take a sip and refuses to let go. The beer had a lot of complexity but each aspect—tartness, cherry, funk—seemed to clash with each other.”
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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.