Producer: Old Bust Head; Vint Hill, VA
Price Range: $2 / bottle (12 oz)
Appearance: Deep amber, clear, with small white head
Aroma: Malty, faint earthy notes
Virginia Pour House Review: The first IPA is from a small brewery near Gainesville called Old Bust Head. This is brewed in a West Coast IPA style so it promises to be very hoppy with citrus and pine notes. The beer pours a deep, clear amber with a small white head. The aroma is faint, but there is some malt and earthy notes. The first sip is big and bright, with a nice citrus up front and earthy tones the middle. The beer finishes super bitter with a lingering pine bitterness. For a base IPA, this beer has a lot of flavor and really good bitterness. It is reminiscent of a West Coast IPA with subtle citrus and big pine notes. Old Bust Head delivered a good one with Graffiti House.
SINGLE HOP WARRIOR
Producer: Flying Dog; Frederick, MD
Style: Imperial IPA
Price Range: $3-4 / bottle (12 oz)
Appearance: Straw-colored, clear, healthy white head
Aroma: Sweet, earthy, malty
Virginia Pour House Review: The beer pours a perfectly clear straw color, with a healthy, two-finger head. The aroma is faint but sweet, with earthy and malty notes. The taste is bitter but mildly piney and citrusy, with a resiny mouthfeel. The beer is medium- bodied but big enough to hold up the huge hop bill. Despite some strong pine and citrus, this beer is incredibly balanced. Flying Dog’s single-hop series has delivered some seriously good IPA’s but this might be my favorite.
Producer: Heavy Seas; Baltimore, MD
Style: Double IPA
Price Range: $2-3 / bottle ( oz)
Appearance: Amber, clear, small white head
Aroma: Sweet and floral, fruity
Virginia Pour House Review: Double Cannon is Heavy Seas’ latest IPA offering, a big double IPA with tons of hop character. The beer pours a clear amber with a small white head. The aroma is rich with sweet floral and fruity notes. The taste is also sweet, almost overpowering with strong floral notes with a slightly grassy finish. The taste up front is almost like candy with all the sweet fruit notes. There’s some peach, apricot, and pear, with a fresh-cut grass taste in the middle, and a piney finish and aftertaste. This is a perfect beer to sip on a hot summer (or spring) day, but be careful: at 9.5% ABV it packs a punch. Another great IPA from Heavy Seas.
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