Chasin’ Freshies Fresh Hop IPA Deschutes Brewing Company Bend, Oregon
ABV: 7.4% IBU: 65 $11.99/6-Pack Bottles
This is one of my favorite fresh hopped beers, and this year does not disappoint. The addition of flaked oats with the pilsner malt gives it a nice, juicy flavor (but no haze). The use of fresh Experimental Hop 431 as the only hop gives notes of berry, peach, and tropical fruit. Chase this beer down before it’s gone.
Recommended by: Ferdinand, Fairfield Located: American Craft
Hazy Jane New England Style IPA BrewDog Winchester, Ohio
ABV: 7.2% IBU: 30 $12.99/6-Pack Cans
Brewdog has the haze, and the flavor is on point. This is a juice bomb with a fruity nose and just the right amount of hops, with notes of stone and tropical fruits and a balanced hop bitterness. Not so high on the IBU’s, but it is everything you want in a New England-style IPA. This is the second run of this beer brewed in October. As with all N. E. IPA’s, drink fresh. Recommended by: Ferdinand, Fairfield Located: American Craft
Feeling Good New England IPA Rhinegeist Brewing Company Cincinnati, OH
ABV: 8.5% $9.99/22oz Bottle
Everyone has been hopping on the bandwagon of juicy, fruity, and hazy New England style IPAs lately. Rhinegeist previously did a NE IPA collaboration with Pipeworks, but this collaboration with Boston’s Castle Island Brewing Co. hits the nail on the head. Juicy and flavorful but low on bitterness with a rounded, creamy texture that’s sure to win converts that don’t typically go for IPAs. Recommended by: Eric, Eastgate Located: American Craft
Bavarian Pils Brauerei Ayinger Aying, Germany
ABV: 5.3% IBU: N/A $10.99/4-Pack Bottles
This is my new favorite pilsner, hands down. Crisp and easy drinking yet flavorful and well rounded, this beer is remarkably well concentrated for a beer this easy to drink. This is a truly perfect pilsner.
Recommended by: Eric, Eastgate Located: International