Hoptober – Part IV

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.

Missed Part I or Part II? Check out Part I here, Part II here, and Part III here.


Deschutes Hop Trip

Each year around Labor Day, Deschutes brewers high-tail it over the pass to Doug Weather’s hop fields near Salem for the harvest. After bagging these aromatic jewels, they hustle back and toss them into the brew kettles within four hours of picking. The reward: a pale ale with a uniquely bright citrus punch and fall spice. It’s something only Deschutes would take past the idle-talk stage. 

Buckeye Hippie IPA

The Hippie I.P.A. continues to be the best selling beer for Cleveland-based Buckeye Brewing Company. First brewed in the summer of ’98, the “Hippie” was an instant hit and has since become a Cleveland classic among hop lovers. Reminiscent of ales brewed on the Pacific west coast, the Hippie I.P.A. is big, rich in malt and, of course, chock full of hops.

Uinta Detour Double IPA

A scenic tour of hops, this Double IPA from Uinta Brewing is bright and bold with lively hop character. With four varieties of hops combining to step up the flavor profile, Detour is a hoppy adventure that finishes dry. Big in alcohol and character, venture to pair it with other spirited flavors such as those found in spicy ethnic foods.

Smuttynose Big A IPA

Brewed in very small quantities, this classic from Smuttynose Brewing has also been one of the harder to find world-class IPAs out there. Until now. That’s right, beginning in October 2015, Big A IPA is a year-round, full-time beer! Smuttynose will still be brewing it in smaller batch sizes to keep it as fresh as possible, but they’ll be making those batches year round. Big A IPA has everything you’d want in a double India Pale Ale, only more: more hops, more malt and more flavor.

Anderson Valley Heech O Hops

Brewed with a heelch (that’s Boontling for “whole lot”) of Columbus, Chinook, and Cascade hops, this Double IPA from Anderson Valley has a palate pleasing bitterness that is carefully balanced with a full-bodied malt foundation.  With a deep color of polished brass and a nose that sings of pink grapefruit and redwood needles, the rich biscuit-like malt flavors intertwine with hints of vanilla, mangos, and peppercorns leading to a deep, warming finish.

Rogue Farms 7 Hop IPA

Beer begins in the dirt. In a bold collaboration with Mother Nature, Rogue Ales grows seven varieties of aroma hops at the brewery’s own farm in Oregon. They also string, stake, train, test, trim, separate, sort, kiln, and cool them. Brewmaster John Maier had seven varieties available, but rather than picking from among them, he chose all seven to create a proprietary palate for 7 Hop IPA.

Rogue Yellow Snow IPA

Rogue Ales brings you yet another world-class IPA from the Oregon coast with this pale golden ale with a hoppy, fruity aroma. Big hop flavor up front complemented by medium body and hoppyness mid-palate, Yellow Snow finishes with a characteristic, lingering bitterness.

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