Style: American Pale Ale
ABV: 5.2 IBU: 35
EPIC Brewing Company Element 29 Pale Ale
What the brewers say
“This hops-forward APA highlights the Amarillo hops’ sweet, ripe citrus aroma and flavor reminiscent of Valencia oranges and tangerine. It has a medium body with a malt character ranging from light crust to mild graham cracker.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “A bit muddled in the nose with some mercaptan/sulfur. Hops aromatics are low and grassy. Sulfurs fade as it warms. Medium fruity hops aroma with slight breadiness and some melanoidin notes. Pear or peach esters. Moderate hops nose with a bit of pine needle and earthy weight.”
Flavor: “Very nice malt/bitter balance. Toasty crust with a touch of brown sugar and medium-high hops flavors of grass and flowers, lingering into the finish. Sweeter malt backbone provides ample room for hops to play. Hops bitterness is clean and restrained. Hint of oxidation tints the flavor.”
Overall: “Very tasty example of the style. Sulfurs are distracting (maybe a young bottle?) so let it breath a bit. Lower carbonation lends to a smooth mouthfeel, accentuating malt. A pretty solid beer—hops character is nicely blended with malt backbone. This would go well with a roast beef dinner.”
The best new craft beers available in a beer store near you. Sponsored content.
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.