Style: Spice Beer
Bottle Logic Brewing Leche Borracho
What the brewers say
“Our Leche Borracho Imperial Stout was brewed with ancho and chipotle peppers, cinnamon, cacao nibs, and lactose sugar. We aged half the brew in charred tequila barrels to develop layers of smoky cigar and not-so-subtle heat while its counterpart met with bourbon barrels for lingering, velvety richness.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Sweet and bold cinnamon, bourbon, caramel, and chocolate up front, with a hint of plum, raisin, and moderate boozy alcohol.”
Flavor: “Bold cinnamon and heat up front, with the barrel character following closely behind, coming through as bourbon, almond, and toffee, with caramel malt sweetness and milk chocolate. There’s a nice heat from the peppers. Finish is spicy but not overwhelming.”
Overall: “Bourbon, cinnamon, and vanilla all underlined and tied together with the barrel character. Sweet cinnamon on display with the base beer serving to support all the crazy flavor but not getting in the way. A delicate and masterful balancing act pulling these flavors together in such a clear and compelling way.”
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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.