Style: India Pale Lager
What the brewers say
“Keeper is a highly hopped, refreshing pilsner with citrusy, hoppy notes and a light malty body.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Full earthy, woody, spicy hops aroma layered on bready malt. Floral esters and light stone fruit notes of peach or pear. Evergreen and spices with a hint of soap and even some catty and skunky notes. A bit of lemon. Is there Simcoe in this?”
Flavor: “Assertive hops bitterness and full resinous hops flavor, woody and sticky. Malt barely supports the hops, but does so cleanly. Huge hops flavor is skunky and pine-resiney. Bitter finish is harsh and hops astringency is over the top.”
Overall: “Nice showcase for noble hops. ‘Drinkability’ has been sacrificed in the name of loads of resinous hops flavor—this beer is all about hops without much else to soften it. There are not enough crackers in the world for the hops squeezings in this palate buster for IPA chasers.”
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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.