Style: American IPA
ABV: 6.8 IBU: 72
Ninkasi Brewing Company Maiden the Shade
What the brewers say
“This summer-style IPA captures a balanced hops complexity. An adventurous hops bouquet of eight select varieties is complemented by the use of flaked barley to create a beer that is as robust as it is easy to sip.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Orange, lemon, pineapple, cherry, plum—a clean hops profile with some esters one doesn’t expect in an IPA. Some pine resin in the background adds a nice complexity. Some malt breadiness.”
Flavor: “Fruit-forward with the usual suspects (mango, lemon, pine) and a few odd players: the stone-fruit esters are bright, but odd. Balance is good with the esters providing a touch of sweetness mid-palate that fades beneath the dry finish and lingering bitterness. Overall a little heavy, especially given the lighter color and focus on fruitier hops qualities.”
Overall: “Interesting take on the style. Straightforward IPA without a lot going on. The individual elements are good, and the hops flavors especially are well done, but it’s a bit too sweet to balance and tie everything together.”
The best new craft beers available in a beer store near you. Sponsored content.
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.