ABV: 7.5 IBU: 70
Hardywood Park Craft Brewery The Great Return
What the brewers say
“Bold, resinous, and bursting with bright grapefruit aroma, this IPA is a tribute to the decades of hard work by conservationists to restore the James River.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Although I can’t pinpoint it, reminds me of eating chicken wings— perhaps it’s the spices in my blue cheese or ranch dressing? As it warms, high spicy, thyme-like notes. Curious tropical notes of guava, dulce de leche, banana, and plums. Coconut and vanilla.”
Flavor: “Moderate bitterness with a bit of spicy notes supported by a bit of biscuity malt. A slight hint of fall spices—annatto seed, bitter orange, toffee, and a long, long bitterness. Substantial malt structure supports the hops character well.”
Overall: “An enjoyable, well-put-together IPA. Lower bitterness but significant flavor hops profile. A moderately heavy beer on the tongue with low carbonation. I would pair this beer with something spicy and see if I can bring out more of the spices. With its pronounced annatto seed and bitter orange avors, this is the perfect pairing for Yucatecan cochinita pibil.”
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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.