Style: Brett & Mixed Fermentation Saisons
Adelbert's Brewery Scratchin' Hippo
What the brewers say
“Brewed in the style of a traditional artisanal French farmhouse ale. Its complex malt-driven flavor elicits notes of toasted caramel, roasted malts and cocoa, complemented by a mild sweetness.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Nice Munich malt character, restrained with dark fruit undertones and noble hops. Fruity esters of pear and cherry. Rocky head hides a bit of the aroma, but as it opens there develops a nice earthy, spicy hops character.”
Flavor: “Big toasted malt, big kettle caramelization, mouth-filling carbonation, a touch of black pepper and black licorice, moderately nutty. Earthy/minty hops, light pear, touch of apple, moderate raisin. Woody hops finish is complementary with the cherry esters.”
Overall: “Fun beer. Lots of fruit notes with touches of dark caramel notes. The apparent kettle caramelization gives lots of fun dark caramel, toastiness, dark fruit, and roasty flavors. Many will love the hops despite them bordering on minty. Acidic finish is slightly at odds with the malt base. A bit over-carbonated, gassy. A decent enough beer that has been through some stuff, but its not ready to talk about yet.”
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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.