byLast Updated: Oct 11, 2016
So not only did Germany bestow the gift that is Oktoberfest upon us all, we also now have its scientists to thank for a study that gives us permission to fully enjoy the festival in all its hops-filled splendor. And for that we say, “danke schön.”
This study comes out just in the nick of time for optimal Oktoberfest enjoyment. So in order to help you celebrate properly — and more healthfully — we’ve put together a list of the best hoppy beers out there.
Our 5 Favorite Hoppy Beers to Cheers With:
1. Pliny the Elder: This imperial double IPA from Sonoma Coast’s Russian River Valley Brewery is a cult favorite with beer aficionados. With its bitter, complex taste, fragrant nose and amber color, there’s little more you could possibly want in a beer.
2. Barley Brown’s Headshake IPA: Described as an “IPA and a half,” Oregon’s Barley Brown Brewery is putting out one of the state’s most reputable IPAs. A notable feat in a state that’s such a force to be reckoned with in the craft brew scene.
3. Stone Brewing “Enjoy By” IPA: Not only does this beer from San Diego contain more than 10 different types of hops, it also is brewed to be consumed in a short window of time for optimal freshness and taste.
4. Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA: For those who want the benefits of hops without going crazy in the bitterness department, look no further than the Sierra Nevada Torpedo. With its hoppy nose and smooth taste, you’re getting the best of both worlds.
5. Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin: This IPA is made light and crisp from an infusion of grapefruit in the brewing process for an easy-drinking, bright, hoppy beer. Perfect for the IPA newbie.
What Do YOU Think?
Do you drink IPAs? Do you enjoy bitter beer? Would you consider finding a new favorite if it helped your health? Are you able to think of a beer as being healthy, or should it still be considered a treat?
Hoppy Beer – This beer is ‘hoppy’ in a very different way than a beer like Stone IPA which is very bitter-hoppy. ‘Hoppy’ alone isn’t enough to describe a beer. Instead it should be followed by descriptions of its bitterness, flavor, or aroma. TagsAnchordeschutesHopsSierra NevadaStone Brewing Co.
IPA – India pale ale (IPA) is a hoppy beer style within the broader category of pale ale. The first known use of the term “India pale ale” is an advertisement in the Sydney Gazette and New South Wales Advertiser in 1829.