Style: Oatmeal Stout
ABV: 7.2 IBU: 50
Ninkasi Brewing Company Vanilla Oatis
What the brewers say
“Vanilla Oatis is characterized by a roasted front flavor, smooth rich oats, a touch of chocolate flavor, and a rich vanilla complexity imparted by whole vanilla beans. It is bigger than a traditional stout with more alcohol and body, and a touch more bitterness to keep it balanced.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Vanilla bean dominates, with chocolate and coffee complementing in the background. Huge vanilla punch, creamy roast malt, and coffee. Mild esters tie in well with the vanilla.”
Flavor: “The strong vanilla meshes with the roast nicely, creating a beer reminiscent of a root beer float. Finish is sweet, perhaps with a hint of lactose. Body is chewy and smooth. Oatmeal character is very obvious and pleasant. Very creamy.”
Overall: “This would be a fabulous dessert beer. It’s a bit too sweet and vanilla-like for pairing with much else. If you like vanilla, then this beer is a treat. The roast is a little overshadowed by the sweetness, but the vanilla character works well with the roast and chocolate malt complexity. A perfect ice cream beer.”
The best new craft beers available in a beer store near you. Sponsored content.
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.