ABV: 7.0 IBU: 65
New Holland Brewing Company Mad Hatter
What the brewers say
“Mad Hatter’s whimsy is celebrated with floral aromatics, from assertive dry-hopping, and a bright, hoppy body, punctuated with Centennial, Citra, and Michigan-grown Cascade hops. Citrus and pleasant bitterness excite your palate before welcoming a balancing finish.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Beautiful fruit complexity (mango, passion fruit, pineapple, and banana) with just a touch of malty caramel and hints of honey. Moderate pine-tar resin, moderate earthy, very light floral. Strong citrus zest up front with some pine and malt sweetness thrown in for a nice effect.”
Flavor: “All of the fruity suggestions of the aroma are manifested in the juicy flavor. A delicate malt sweetness complements the fruit, and an unobtrusive but entirely sufficient, bitterness supplies balance. A wonderful play of hops and malt. The orange zest front works well with the biscuit maltiness, giving the nice complexity to this beer.”
Overall: “This is an excellent example of what neo-IPA can be. If you say you don’t like IPA, try this fun beer. You might now. Almost more of a barleywine with the sweetness levels and complexity of the malt. If you’re in the mood for a complex malty beer with a fair bit of hops, this is it. A delicious IPA that uses the malt as skillfully as it uses the hops to craft an incredibly fine beer.”
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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.