If you keep a close eye on the beer scene, you know that hazy Northeast-style IPAs are all the rage right now. And while many are brewing this style, few are doing it well. Hardywood Brewery nailed the style with Tropication IPA, a beer with a bouquet of juicy tropical hops on the nose that also hit your palate in all the right spots. And like the best Northeast-style IPAs, most of the hop bite is smoothed out from a wave of passion fruit, pineapple, and mango. Refreshing and flavorful, we could easily consume several of these in one sitting.
Even the best breweries know they need to evolve, and that's just what Firestone Walker is doing with the release of Fortem IPA. It's the first release in the Leo v. Ursus Chronology. Until now, the brewery was unable to brew smaller, nimble batches like this, but opened The Propagator, a new miniature brewery that enables their team to explore and experiment before fine tuning and scaling the results at their main brewery in Paso Robles. Fortem is an unfiltered imperial IPA that blends newer hop varieties from the Pacific Northwest and Hallertau, Germany. Available in four-pack 16 oz cans everywhere Firestone Walker beer is sold.