Style: American Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.2 IBU: 71
Eel River Brewing Company Earth Thirst Double IPA
What the brewers say
“A seasonal double IPA brewed in the celebration of our planet and in support of Organic Farming. Light, warm malt flavors are purposely dominated by a massive dose of the pungent, piney, floral, and citrus-like characteristics of Pacific Northwest organic hops, including X17, an experimental hop developed and grown by The Oregon Hophouse.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Bright and juicy citrus, with nice grapefruit, tangerine, and navel orange. A touch of malt sweetness.”
Flavor: “Where the aroma was more focused on juicy, the flavor highlights more rind-like citrus flavors, heightened by a nice amount of bitterness. The malt sweetness expertly balances out the bitterness and brings out a nice ruby red grapefruit juice flavor on the back end.”
Overall: “An expertly crafted West Coast IPA that showcases all aspects of a citrus hops profile, from the juice to the rind all the while delivering a solid base beer. Would pair great with some seafood, perhaps mussels or shrimp.”
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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.