Hoptober Beers – Part I

October marks the end of hop harvest season. From August through mid-October the delightful little flowers that give beer its tangy, bitter taste are picked and taken to hop houses for drying before being sent on their way to make your favorite beer. To honor the glorious hop plant, all month we’ll be highlighting the ultimate hoppy beer, the IPA, in what we’re cleverly calling “Hoptober.”

Below is just a sampling of the exceptional IPAs that we offer in our portfolio. Each beer received at least a 90 from the people at Rate Beer and represent the very best of the hoppy style. Check back every Monday for a new batch of beers! Also check out the Heidelberg Twitter page every day at 5 p.m. for the #HoppyHour beer of the day.

 

Sierra Nevada Torpedo

What began as a crazy idea scribbled in a pub eventually became the latest hop bomb (in a good way!) from Sierra Nevada: Torpedo Extra IPA. The first beer to feature their “Hop Torpedo”—a revolutionary dry-hopping device that controls how much hop aroma is imparted into beer without adding additional bitterness. Torpedo Extra IPA is an aggressive yet balanced beer with massive hop aromas of citrus, pine, and tropical fruit.

Deschutes Fresh Squeezed IPA

This mouthwateringly delicious IPA from Deschutes gets its flavor from a heavy helping of Citra and Mosaic hops. With a juicy citrus and grapefruit flavor profile you’ll think someone sprinkled hops into freshly squeezed fruit juice. Don’t worry, though, no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer.

Thirsty Dog Citra Hop

An American IPA from Akron-based Thirsty Dog that’s bursting with citrus aromas and flavors. You’ll find evidence of tangerine, grapefruit, orange, and mango in the aroma from the multiple additions of Citra hops. There is also a nice malt balance in this bitter, full-bodied, doglicious IPA that’s a citrus lover’s delight.

Victory Dirt Wolf

Victory’s DirtWolf is a tribute to the untamed hop vines which rise from the earth with the voracity of a “wolf among sheep.” Revel in the best U.S. varieties of hops, in their natural, whole flower form, as they bring a vital, pungent reality to the soul of a wild element in our dangerously satisfying DirtWolf Double IPA. Look for: Citra: heavy citrus aroma, fruity flavor; Chinook: grapefruit, resinous pine; Simcoe: dry, piney; and Mosaic: earthy and mildly floral, with notes of sweet citrus and spice.

Brooklyn Blast!

Brooklyn brews their beer in New York, about halfway between the hop fields of the Pacific Northwest and the hop fields of Kent, England, so it only made sense to use earthy English hops to build the foundation and bright citrusy American hops to bring the noise in this rambunctious IPA. Blast! is beautifully hoppy, strangely quaffable, and oddly compelling with a minerally hop bitterness followed by a shock wave of flavor and aroma. You won’t even know what hit you!

Uinta Hop Nosh

Bold and refreshing, this IPA from Salt Lake City brewer Uinta combines an abundance of hops with a smooth malt profile. As the name suggests, this beer was made for you to embrace your inner foodie. Hop Nosh is so big in hop character that it is literally a hoppy snack.

Schlafly Tasmanian IPA

Not your run-of-the-mill IPA, Schlafly’s Tasmanian IPA is brewed with 100% Australian hops. The Tasmanian hop, Galaxy, is a strong, aromatic variety that is different from traditional strains of the Pacific Northwest. Schlafly’s brewers developed a recipe that showcases the hop’s unique flavors of citrus and pineapple.

21st Amendment Brew Free! or Die IPA

This aromatic golden IPA from San Francisco brewery 21st Amendment is brewed with some serious west coast attitude! Brew Free! or Die IPA starts with three different hops to the nose, quickly balanced by a solid malt backbone supporting the firm bitterness. The flagship beer of the brewery, this IPA starts big and finishes clean leaving you wanting more.

Deschutes Inversion

Paradise is stumbling upon a whole flower hop room and inhaling. Deschutes Inversion IPA is as close as you can get without having a personal in with a brewer. Enter, if you will, all the glorious aromatic complexity of the hop. This big, bold IPA’s intense multi-hop kick gets a subtle dose of restraint from select Munich and Caramel malts giving it piney, floral notes with a well-balanced bitterness. This beer is for discriminating hop heads everywhere.

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