You might be familiar with The Alchemist Brewery thanks to their world class IPA, Heady Topper. It's known as one of the best in a crowded bunch, so imagine the excitement this year when The Alchemist announced they would be canning their second beer, Focal Banger. It's another IPA, and another fantastic brew, loaded with two of the most aromatic and flavorful hop varieties on the market today — Citra and Mosaic. Even if the hop choices don't matter to you, the fact that The Alchemist has another IPA in cans should be enough to sway you to drive to Vermont and search until you find a can.
The craft brewing industry is so saturated with hops, so it should come as no surprise that the hops are getting amped up in other styles as well. The style getting that treatment most often is the Pale Ale, and SPA (Summer Pale Ale) from Port Brewing is the latest to hit store shelves. SPA is a West Coast-style pale ale, using four different hop strands — all with their own impressive aromatic and flavorful strengths. It's a hopped up, fresh, and clean brew that is ready to hit the beach with you this summer.
Stone Brewing could easily be described as the godfathers of the American IPA. And one of the IPAs that started it all was Ruination. On the 10th anniversary of Ruination back in 2012, Stone upped the ante by releasing RuinTen IPA — an aggressive, in your face double IPA derived from the same recipe, but on steroids. Now released on an annual basis, RuinTen is set to hit shelves across the country — boasting a 10.8% ABV and 110 IBUs of hoppy joy. As Stone says, it's a stage dive into a mosh pit of hops.