Style: Black IPA
ABV: 8.3 IBU: 80
Firestone Walker Brewing Company Wookey Jack
What the brewers say
“A unique twist on the Cascadian Dark Ale style. Wookey Jack offers true hops aroma to rival most IPAs, with pungent citrus and herbal hops nuances, a hint of peppery rye and earthiness on the nose. Big roasty malt flavors with balanced hops bitterness and spicy rye offer a full and complex texture with a refined bittered finish. A truly different IPA for dark beer fans.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Roasty with a hint of smoked meat, almost bacon-like, but balanced with a sweet citrus and pine hops character.”
Flavor: “Medium malt sweetness with a moderate tannic astringency. Hops are earthy and spicy with a slight grassiness. Complex flavors bounce from roasty, smoked, and slight coffee notes to a sweet and dank hops character.”
Overall: “Very nice example of the style—the smoke gives it an extra ‘oomph.’ The roastiness evokes Starbucks’ Casi Cielo coffee, and the selection of hops is inspired.”
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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.