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What the brewers say
“Fermented with a combination of microorganisms, this golden sour beer strikes up aromas of bergamot and fresh-picked raspberries and is pinned with flavors of tart raspberries, ripe apricots, and juicy peaches.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Apricots and peaches, with raspberries hiding in the background. There’s a candy-like element, almost like Twizzlers or peach rings. Moderately sour with acetic notes, with a funky, sweaty, hay-like complexity. Malt sweetness.”
Flavor: “Moderately sour up front with big peach sourness. A classic wild beer that tastes spontaneously fermented, with the focus on the wild bugs and less on the fruit. Juiciness from apricots and peaches, with some raspberry notes to follow. The lactic acidity is medium, with light vinegar in the background. Medium body with lots of carbonation keeps the beer refreshing and dry.”
Overall: “The fruit blend plays a complementary role to the fermentation. The tartness and funk are enjoyable, with the wild notes providing lots of complexity. Acidity is closer to the top end, but not unpleasant—with the fruitiness, it’s gives the effect of a Sour Patch Kid.”
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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.