Anchor Brewing Blackberry Daze IPA
What the brewers say
“A funky synthesis of rich earth and ripe fruit, hops bitterness, and blackberry tartness, with alluring color and aromas up front, sublimely intense flavors, and a refreshingly dry finish.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Very fruity, with notes of cherry, raspberry, and blackberry, tied up with a grapefruit hops aroma. The fruitiness seems more like a flavored tea, and the color is beautiful. A sweet note of Jolly Roger candy, floral qualities, and a dank, earthy background.”
Flavor: “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.”
Overall: “The blackberries aren’t the focal point of this beer, but the brewer made the beer better with their presence. The malt, the hops, and the berries add a layer of complexity that is not often seen in most fruited IPAs. Without the fruit, the beer wouldn’t likely be as good as it is.”
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New Belgium The Hemperor HPA®
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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.