Style: American Imperial IPA
ABV: 8.5 IBU: 72
Coronado Brewing Company Idiot IPA
What the brewers say
“It doesn’t take a genius to know quality West Coast IPAs require a stupid amount of hops. A generous blend of Nugget hops and the four Cs—Cascade, Centennial, Chinook and Columbus—brings forth a myriad of tropical fruit flavors and a brawny, persistent bitterness that makes for a highly intelligent brew.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Some nice pine and citrus (grapefruit, orange) and lightly toasted malt. Orange marmalade on toast.”
Flavor: “Well balanced clean toasty malt with a floral and herbal hops presence and a touch of citrus peeking through. Bright and crisp with a moderate lingering bitterness. Carbonation is spot on. There aren’t many rough edges to this beer, making it pretty easy drinking.”
Overall: “Clean and easy-drinking for the style. Both hops and malt are balanced. The hops are a little different from most citrus-bomb IIPAs on the market these days, but it’s a refreshing twist. Really enjoyed this one.”
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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.