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.
This remarkably balanced brew from Arcadia Brewing has a deep amber hue with a generous white head. Hopmouth showcases a rich, toasty flavor and sweet caramel notes because of the high-quality Maris Otter malt used. The hops are up front in the aroma, reminiscent of citrus and pine, while the resin-like flavors linger well after the last sip.
Inspired by Paul Revere’s midnight ride, 21st Amendment Brewery rebelled against the British style IPA, embraced the more aggressive American version and then recast it in bold, brave, defiant black. This Black IPA is a Declaration of Independence from the tyranny of the expected. Brewed like an American IPA but with the addition of rich, dark malts, this beer has all the flavor and hop character of a standard IPA but with a smooth, mellow finish.
First introduced in 1975, this classic from Anchor Brewing is brewed strictly according to traditional craft brewing methods, and uses only natural ingredients — pale malted barley, fresh whole-cone Cascade hops and a special top-fermenting yeast, and water. The champagne-like bubbles, distinctive hop bouquet, and balanced character of Liberty Ale revives centuries-old ale brewing traditions that are now more relevant than ever.
The color of something picked from a Georgia peach tree, Cincinnati-based Mt. Carmel Brewing’s Imperial IPA’s sticky aroma of citrus and tropical fruit gives way to a complex malt body of Pale, Pilsner, and Caramel malts all forming a natural bridge to a fresh hop, orange grove, tropical euphoria.
Above and beyond your run of the mill IPA, Rogue Ales’ XS Imperial I2PA is radically hopped with an intense aroma and hop bitterness. Unfiltered and aged for 9 months before it leaves the brewery, this beer is definitely not for the faint of heart.
This IPA from craft beer powerhouse Sierra Nevada harnesses the complex flavors of just-picked hops through an all-new method of steam distilling wet hops before they even leave the fields. This revolutionary technique captures and intensifies the natural flavors, creating a unique and intensely aromatic beer. Sierra Nevada’s custom process gathers pure hop oil which, when combined with traditional whole-cone hops in the brew kettle, makes for an incredible IPA experience.
Toasted, chocolaty dark malts align with an astronomical amount of hops in this Black IPA from Salt Lake City brewer Uinta. Dubhe is comprised of five hop varieties, a hop profile bold enough to shine through the roasted, dark malt character of this beer. Smooth from start to finish, its layered flavor profile emerges with rich and rounded toasted malt flavors, and is followed by a lively hop bitterness.