November 29, 2010

Single Hop IPAs

Debbie found me a beer store that carries not only IPAs but a whole range of "single hop" IPAs. Most of them are by the Danish crazy man Mikkel Borg Bjergsø of Mikkeller brewing, but one is a local Australian IPA from Bridge Road Brewers.

The two Mikkeller's I tried this time were the Tomahawk and the Chinook. Both are 6.9% ABV a nice full golden color with big heads. They both had a rich malty mouthfeel, but were significantly different in flavor, obviously due to the different hops.

The Tomahawk seemed slightly less complex, mostly alpha acids appropriate to a bittering hop with less of the fruity citrus notes I look for a dry hopped IPA. It was fairly well balanced with some crispness, and would be a good foil to an oily or spicy food. I'm not so fond of it on its own though.

The Chinook is a hop I'm somewhat familiar with, it's a little spicier, a little less of the alpha acid bitterness, and slight woody and fruity notes. There was some malt sweetness, and overall it's a very drinkable beer.

The Bridge Road was a completely different beer. Galaxy hops are some of my favorites, distinct citrus notes in the nose and start, caramel notes in the middle and finish. This is a beer in the traditional west coast IPA style that I've been looking for, and I think it will become a staple.

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