What’s in my Six Pack?: IPAs from Hops & Hocks, Bushwick

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SCULPIN
SCULPIN

Ballast Point Brewing Company – San Diego, California

ABV 7%

A trophy beer that’s a testament to Ballast Point’s homebrew roots.

The result ended up being this gold-medal winning IPA, whose inspired use of hops creates hints of apricot, peach, mango and lemon flavors, but still packs a bit of a sting, just like a Sculpin fish. The lighter body also brings out the crispness of the hops. The Sculpin fish has poisonous spikes on its fins that can give a strong sting. Ironically, the meat from a Sculpin fish is considered some of the tastiest. Something that has a sting but tastes great; sounds like a Ballast Point India Pale Ale

DOUBLE JACK – Double IPA
DOUBLE JACK – Double IPA

Firestone Walker Brewing Company – Paso Robles, California

ABV 9.50%

Double Jack from Firestone Walker Brewing Company is an Imperial or Double India Pale Ale. Firestone Walker Brewing Company has given Double Jack the following description: “Double Jack IPA is our first ever Imperial IPA. It features a big malty middle to cloak the high alcohol and mouth puckering hop bitterness. Huge tangerine, grapefruit and juicy fruit aroma blossom over the herbal blue basil and malt earthiness of this aggressive beer.

 

MASSIVE
MASSIVE

Great South Bay Brewing Company – Long Island, NY          

 ABV 5%

This whale of a brew begins with a huge grain bill, consisting of American two-row malted barley. Plenty of the finest American-grown hops are then introduced at every stage of the brewing process. Massive additions of hops in the boil kettle leaving  a smooth yet assertive finish. Smell has caramel malt sweetness with a light tropical fruitiness.

GO TO IPA
GO TO IPA

Stone Brewing Company – San Diego, California

ABV 4.5%

Go To IPA pours the clear golden blond of a light lager, with a slight malt base. The subtle but satisfying IPA makes a versatile pairing, equally pleasant with cheddar cheese or spicy chicken. This beer employed the “hop bursting” technique, which in essence is a hopping method where all or most of the bitterness in the beer comes from late hop additions in the brewhouse, like at the end of boil and in the whirlpool, instead of the more traditional approach where most of the hop bitterness comes from the start of the kettle boil. The result is a beautifully aromatic beer with substantial, but somewhat mellow, bitterness.

DIRTWOLF – Double IPA
DIRTWOLF – Double IPA

Victory Brewing Company – Downington, PA

ABV 8.7%

Darkly heroic, Humulus Lupulus (hops) have empowered brews with bite and character since the 11th century.  Hops have made an assertive comeback in American craft brewing.  Revel in the best U.S. varieties of hops, in their natural, whole flower form, as they bring a vital, pungent reality to the soul of a wild element in our dangerously satisfying DirtWolf Double IPA. This dangerously delicious recipe features often subtle, but sometimes assertive signatures of American hop varieties.

 

All Green Everything
All Green Everything

Other Half Brewing – Brooklyn NY

ABV 10.5% 

A triple IPA! All Green Everything is a  huge, but dry, triple IPA packed with Motueka, Amarillo, Citra and Mosaic. Super pungent tropical fruit and very flavorful, intense, but perfectly toes the line between crisp and creamy.

Hops & Hocks, Bushwick

HOPS & HOCKS
2 Morgan Ave. (Flushing Ave.), Brooklyn, NY 11237

Hops & Hocks specializes in charcuterie and beers from around the globe, in addition to complementary products like cheese, mustard, bread and chocolate. Ferment-loving couple Patrick Watson and Michele Pravda (Stinky Bklyn, Smith & Vine) focus on beer and charcuterie for this Bushwick emporium. Find more than 200 brews by can and bottle with a mix-and-match six-pack station, as well as 20 varieties by growler. Local purveyors like Salumeria Biellese and Charlito’s Cocina offer their cured meats, while a Barcelona style bar highlights hand-carved ham: aserrano, an Iberico Spallacia and an aged country variety.

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