National IPA Day | Southwest Regional Roundup
From the lush green landscape of eastern Texas, through the dusty Llano Estacado in the Texas Panhandles and New Mexico and into the deserts of Arizona, there’s plenty of craft beer, including an abundance of floral, aromatic, tasty IPAs. One would expect the beer to reflect a region so vast, and so diverse — and it does. Here’s a sample of what’s good in the Southwest. Happy National IPA Day!
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Lone Pint Brewery | Yellow Rose IPA
ABV: 6.8% | IBU: 62
Yellow Rose started out as part of a Single Malt and Single Hop (SMaSH) series called Zythophile and was planned as a single release. However, it quickly gained popularity and is now one of the most sought after IPA beers in Texas. With a chalk white foamy head and the slightly hazy golden color, the first thing you are drawn to are the aromas of grapefruit, blueberry and pineapple. Mosaic hops are the star of the show, partnered with a pilsner malt, the beer imparts a juicy, mildly fruity flavor profile.
Independence Brewery | Stash IPA
ABV: 7% | IBU: 98
Stash has been a dank go-to for hop heads in Texas for years. With an IBU hovering close to the 100 mark, it is a hop trip that blends four hop varieties Galaxy, Summit, Columbus and Nugget to create a “resinous and enlightening hop trip”. Independence brews are widely distributed throughout Texas and have just announced distribution in Arkansas, hop heads rejoice
Cedar Creek Brewery | Dankosaurus IPA
ABV: 6.8% | IBU: 65
The name says it all – although disappointingly NOT brewed with dinosaur bones, the truckload of hops added to this brew makes it dank indeed. A West Coast inspired IPA, the flavor profile showcases the uniqueness of Eureka hops imparting juicy notes to balance out the dank flavor. Available in cans for optimal crush-ability.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company | Art Car IPA
ABV: 7.1% | IBU: 55
Texas’ oldest craft brewery added a new kid to the line up in 2015 and Art Car has been flying off shelves since. The name was inspired by the fleet of hand painted cars created by local artists for the brewery. An American IPA, Art Car features a blend of hops that imparts tropical aromatics and a bitter blood orange taste that morphs into tropical flavors. It is packaged in cans to make it a perfect pool or lake side sipper.
Pueblo Vida Brewing Company | Circuitous
ABV: 8% | IBU: 0
Circuitous. Not only is it a fun beer name to say, it’s fun to drink as well—not just because this is an incredible double IPA, but the can has a maze on it that you can play while drinking your beer! Pueblo Vida likes to use different hop methods in their beers and in Circuitous they used CO2 hop extract, lupulin powder, and hop pellets—all of Mosaic hops. This is a juicy, fruity, and tropical double IPA with notes of peaches and mangos. With all of the hazy IPAs and pale ales that Pueblo Vida consistently cranks out, they’re out to prove that the desert isn’t always dry.
The Shop Beer Co. | Bingo Bango Bongo
ABV: 7.2% | IBU: 35
Thanks to collaborating with Modern Times, this beer helped put The Shop Beer Co. on the map. Modern Times has been putting out delicious hazy IPAs for a while now, but this beer really gave The Shop Beer Co. a seat at the table, and they haven’t slowed down since. Bingo Bango Bongo was a limited release of crowler cans at The Shop’s brewery in Tempe, AZ earlier this summer. The cans sold out quickly, thanks to the amazing dank and tropical flavors.
Tombstone Brewing Company | More Hops
ABV: 7.5% | IBU: 50
The name is simple and straight to the point, but for any hop head out there the name says it all. More hops are exactly what you can expect from this quadruple dry hopped IPA. This was a fairly limited beer that went out only to those who are a member of their barrel society, but even with the limited distribution it has become a fan favorite around Arizona. The aroma of More Hops is extremely intense and juicy, but somehow once the flavor hits your tongue it manages to become even juicier. This beer is straight hop juice. Tombstone Brewing is in a small western town, but they make some of the biggest, trendiest beers in the region.
Borderlands Brewing Company | Toole Avenue IPA
ABV: 7% | IBU: 50
Named after the street Borderlands resides on, Toole Avenue IPA is one of Borderlands’ core beers. As one of their core beers, Toole Avenue is always on tap at the brewery and a fresh batch is always being brewed. Toole Avenue is one of the most consistently made IPAs I’ve had, batch after batch. Some may say that this beer helped get the haze craze started in Arizona. It’s citrusy and juicy, like you would expect from a New England IPA and it also has piney notes and a bitterness that will appease any IPA lover. Keep your eye out for their single hop variants of this brew!
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