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.
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The mythical Hop Devil resides in the lore of farmers but Victory’s HopDevil is the real deal. Bold, spicy and menacingly delicious, it’s the product of distinctive American hops and meticulous craftsmanship. Arising from the heady wilds of the Eastern Pennsylvania hopback and gently tamed with time, this Devil makes a great companion.
A hoppy, full-bodied ale, this IPA from California brewer Lost Coast has a higher than average alcohol content balanced by radical bittering from Columbus hops. It’s then dry hopped with generous amounts of Willamette and Centennial hop flowers to give it a delightful floral hop aroma.
This lively IPA delivers a crisp and light malt body with ample citrus and pine notes from Chinook and Equinox hops. The brewers at Deschutes were inspired by the aromas and silence they experience when exploring the scenic pine forests just up the road from their brewhouse in Bend, Oregon.
This IPA from California brewery Anderson Valley is brewed and dry-hopped with copious amounts of Columbus and Cascade hops. Hop Ottin’ is a showcase of bright citrusy aromas, bold grapefruit and pine-like flavors, and resiny bitterness that hop heads crave. With a brilliant, deep amber color and solid malt backbone, hints of citron, roses, and bergamot climax with a dry, herbal finish in this well-balanced interpretation of a West Coast IPA.
Like fresh powder, this unique beer is a seize-the-moment thing. This year’s edition the team at Deschutes chased down Lemondrop hops from the Yakima Valley in Washington State. At harvest, they rushed the hops from the vine to their kettles in Oregon to ensure they captured the purest, juiciest essence of the hop flower in every beer. Enjoy the bright, bold aroma and flavor that comes but once a year.
This non-traditional IPA from the team at Rogue Ales has big citrusy, hop flavor and intense hop aroma. Medium-bodied with a vibrant lingering hop-bitterness that is anything but brutal, this staple of the Oregon brewery is the official beer of the Rogue Nation. Enjoy!
A physical salute to the glory of the American hop grower, this IPA from New Hampshire brewer Smuttynose is definitely not a training-wheels IPA. The citrusy hop flavor coming from a mixture of Simcoe and Santiams hops is pleasantly balanced by a smooth bitterness from the Amarillo hops. The beer itself is light bodied and crisp with a golden color that will throw a slight haze, as it’s bottled unfiltered. At 73.5 IBU’s, Finestkind is meant for hop lovers looking to satisfy their craving in a way that’s not easy to find.