Style: Russian Imperial Stout
What the brewers say
“Ever been punched in the face by a beer? Our pal George offers anyone willing to try, a thick and oily fist right to the nose. His balance skills are off the charts, but we went ahead and soaked him in bourbon barrels, just to shake things up even more. Good for as many rounds as you can muster up to.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Fairly mild aroma. Slight alcohol and chocolate. Medium coffee and roast notes. Hints of cocoa nibs along with a light smoky phenol and very mild metallic hops. Nice cocoa and caramel, like a classy milk chocolate bar. Dark fruit esters. Everything I want in the aroma!”
Flavor: “Oily coffee roast hits first, satisfying that stout character. Moderate sweetness ushers in a simple chocolate flavor. Warming alcohol joins with the long-tail roast fade for a lingering finish. Caramel and toffee come out. Suporting hops bitterness. Hops flavor is resinous, woody.”
Overall: “Alcohol is not as forward as other examples and is more warming and subtle. Good chocolate, coffee, and roast notes. Slight fruity esters in the background. If you’re a big roast fan, this might be your cup of Joe. Smooth and balanced, a finely crafted beer. The flavors play off each other wonderfully, building to a crescendo of roasted sweetness.”
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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.