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Get a Little Bitter….
March 8, 2015
On a recent trip to one of our local breweries with a friend that I hadn’t seen in a while, I was excited to share an item on the beer menu that I was particular excited in having found previously (specifically, the Yank Tank at Comrade Brewing….yes I chose it for the name). This pale ale is sweet and not overly sweet so I thought it would be a good choice for my friend whom I am trying to help usher past the Lupulin shift into the world of hoppy brews. In this case the pint was not as appreciated as I had hoped, but it did get me to ponder what might be good choices for someone who might want to broaden their pallet into the world of hops. There are a great many beers in this vein but I’ve chosen three that I think are good transitions for those of you who might have an affinity for other types of beer:
Chainbreaker White IPA by Deschutes Brewing
This is a good choice for anyone who is a fan of whitbiers and blondes (I generally prefer a nice brunette or redhead but whatever bakes your cookie). Chainbreaker retains the cloying citrusy features as the centerpiece while also not having an overly acidic aftertaste. The choice of Cascade and Mt Hood hops in this beer give this beer a lemon like quality that is subtle while not going unnoticed. If you are someone who likes you beer light and “wheat-y” this is a great place to start.
Pale Ale by Upslope Brewing
For those of you who tend to gravitate towards the malty sweet fair of Amber Ales this is a fantastic choice. This is a can of lightly colored awesomness is a great balance of sweet and malty flavors and finishes surprisingly dry. The hop profile on this one is slightly spicy and presents it’s a well-placed floral aroma to go with a slightly spicy flavor profile riding on the strong malty presence. If you like a balance of sweet and spicy, Upslope’s Pale Ale will undoubtedly give you what you are looking for.
Ah Hvad by MIkkeller
This is a brewery that was introduced to me on my trip to London last April (thanks Auguri, miss ya!) and I have been purchasing everything with this name adorning the label whenever possible. One item that I’ve coveted over most others from Mikkelar is Ah Hvad, a Belgian Pale Ale that sets itself apart from most competition in both the Belgian and Pale Ale categories. This bomber has a fantastic amalgamation of aromas and flavors that are sure to please even the most discerning of Belgian beer fans. The earthy yeasty aspects of the Brett (if you don’t know what that is there is a recent post that’ll get you all learned up on that topic) marry quite well with the floral tones of the hops to allow for a truly complex flavor profile. This one might be a little harder to find, but if you do and are looking for a lightly hopped Belgian this one will do no wrong.
This glimpse into a few examples of lightly hopped brews should be a good starting point for anyone looking to see what all the fuss over those little green cones is about. If this post can get just one you who fall in this category to explore your pallets range a bit more than I will consider it a success. Just remember, when push comes to shove, hops really can make good beers even better. Cheers Everyone!