Hop Butcher Run to Daylight
What the brewers say
"Citra-, Simcoe-, Strata-, and Galaxy-hopped triple India pale ale brewed with honey."
What our panel thought
"Holy wow on the nose—smells like freshly squeezed OJ, almost one-dimensional but in a good way. Lots of orange, complex orange, and it doesn’t seem artificial. Might be even bigger in the flavor, like an Orange Julius. Alcohol is present but not distracting. Moderate sweetness up front supports the fruit, while moderate bitterness keeps it in balance. Finish is fairly abrupt and clean. One couldn’t drink several pints because then one couldn’t walk, but one would want to try. One of the best IPAs ever."
What our editors thought
"Concentrated peel and pith in the nose; lime juice, pineapple daiquiri. Sweet, creamy piña colada—rich but tangy. Firm, resinous bitterness arrives late, too enfolded in a thick blanket of malt to be harsh. Sweetness checked by juicy acidity and late smack of bitterness. Thick, juicy hop wine."