Style: American IPA
Brooklyn Brewery Defender IPA
What the brewers say
“This bright, juicy IPA takes on a reddish twist and features bold, fruity hops bitterness and an intensely resinous nose, leading the way into a dry finish.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Big berry and melon esters: strawberry, honeydew, touch of vanilla. Slight citrus and tropical character, but definitely in the background. A bit of pine, some lemon notes plus a little grapefruit, slight orange, and a touch of pineapple. Some malt sweetness sits behind the hops character.”
Flavor: “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.”
Overall: “The berry and melon esters are interesting for a West Coast IPA. Some nice hops character, fruity sweetness, and bitterness. Refreshing. Maybe a bit malt-forward for an IPA, but it’s complex, and the hops character is really nice. Lots of orange, lemon, and generally citrus character.”
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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.