Style: Saison/Farmhouse Ale
Elevation Beer Co. Raspberry Gulch
What the brewers say
“Brewed to evoke the coming of spring in the high country, Raspberry Gulch’s aroma is dominated by raspberries but is mellowed by a slight white pepper note, thanks to a nice dose of spicy Saaz hops.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “The raspberries are so pronounced on the aroma that I could grow a raspberry bush out of my nose after quaffing this beer. Missing the spicy saison yeast character. Honey malt notes in the background.”
Flavor: “Strong raspberries with a touch of sweetness and the expected light saison esters and phenols. It’s hard to pick out other flavors in the beer because the raspberries are so dominant. No astringency from raspberry seeds. Sweet for a saison and sacrifices the spicy saison notes.”
Overall: “All raspberry, all the time. This is not the beer to drink if you’re looking for a beer that balances fruit and beer flavors—this one goes all-in on raspberries and pushes the other saison flavors out of the hand. Like a summer blockbuster, it’s not going to win an Oscar, but it’s well-made good clean raspberry fun.”
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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.