Style: American IPA
ABV: 7.0 IBU: 65
Iron Springs Pub & Brewery JC Flyer India Pale Ale
What the brewers say
“A Fairfax favorite! We call this ‘The County’ style IPA. Laid back, not too bitter, but sassy like a local. Late hops additions are Galaxy and Citra. Goes great in a hot tub or after yoga.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Medium-high intensity citrus and floral aroma with orange and lemon playing the major role. Low-to-moderate malt sweetness adds complexity and helps blend everything together. Alcohol is evident, but not hot.”
Flavor: “Well balanced West Coast IPA with a simple grain bill that brings a touch of toasted sweetness to balance the intense citrus hops character. Finishes fairly bitter with a slightly sweet kiss.”
Overall: “Well executed middle of the road West Coast IPA. Fairly big for the style on all fronts, but not in the ‘whack you over the head’ way. It finds the target without the overbearing bitterness that makes many IPAs less sessionable.”
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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.