Style: Session IPA
ABV: 4.5 IBU: 65
Stone Brewing Company Go To IPA
What the brewers say
“This session IPA delivers all the fruity, piney character of a much bigger IPA. To accomplish this, we employ ‘hop bursting’ to coax out extreme flavors and aromas while also imparting a burst of pleasant bitterness.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Tangerines, a little grass, hints of evergreen needles, citrus, light malt character. Like a Christmas wreath or walking through a thick evergreen forest. A touch of spiciness. Mild fruity esters.”
Flavor: “Whoa, that’s some grass! Reminds me of fresh-cut grass, but more clippings than lawn. Tons of pine in there accentuate the grassy notes. A pleasant malt sweetness offers support, and an assertive bitterness completes the off-dry finish. This tastes like a hops tea with a moderately strong bitter finish. Very little malt to soften the blow.”
Overall: “If you like piney, grassy hops flavor and aroma, this is the session IPA for you. The assertive evergreen character is balanced by a surprising malt backbone and sufficient bitterness make it a solid session IPA—what I would expect from a competent brewer. A little more malt would soften some of the rough edges.”
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.