Fort George Brewery The Optimist
What the brewers say
“With its radiant golden body, a lively buoyant head, and floral aroma, your glass will always be half-full.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Some fruity citrus character with orange, pineapple, slight pine, green onion, garlic, grapefruit, and pine trees... what an interesting forest this is!”
Flavor: “More spring onions, garlic, citrus, and pine. A slight caramel sweetness offers support and rounds out the body. Nice creamy mouthfeel and a smooth bitterness. Aftertaste is dank, mostly with slight onion. As it warms the bready sweetness comes up a little with slight citrus notes.”
Overall: “This beer is well integrated, and the sweetness to bitterness provide a good balance, nishing slightly bitter in the end to keep you going back for another sip. An unusual IPA, but that doesn’t mean a bad IPA. Consumers looking for something to challenge the palate will appreciate the interesting combination of flavors this beer has to offer. Don’t judge it by the initial aroma or the first sip. Give it some time: It may just grow on you.”
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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.