10 hoppy lagers
September/October 2013

Packed with all the bright flavors of your favorite pale ales and IPAs, hoppy lagers (also called “IPLs,” short for India pale lagers) are also supremely crisp and drinkable.

Widmer Hopside Down: This punchy brew bursts with juicy orange and grapefruit; alongside other varieties, the brewery uses its own Alchemy hops, a proprietary blend of Pacific Northwest hops.

New Belgium Shift: A little malty sweetness and a clean finish push this brew’s delicate, berry-orange hops to center stage.

Flying Dog UnderDog Atlantic Lager: Grassy, floral and lemony flavors catapult through the swallow of this brawny lager.

Wolverine State Gulo Gulo IPL: Intense honeydew, peach, orange and watermelon lead the charge as a warming 6.7% ABV surges back.

Base Camp In-Tents IPL: Bready malts and woody, orangey hops emerge into an exceptionally clean lager finish.

The Bruery Humulus Lager: The Bruery swore it would never brew an IPA, so the brewers did this little ditty instead: a 70-IBU lager with the classic American citrus-and-pine hop stamp.

Ballast Point Fathom IPL: This spicy lager won gold at both the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup in 2010; now, it’s on shelves for the first time.

Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union: Deliciously dank pine, earth, bright grapefruit and orange pop as this bready lager stretches across the tongue.

Samuel Adams Double Agent IPL: A whopping seven hop varieties load this lager with peachy citrus and snappy bitterness.

He’Brew David’s Slingshot: The first lager in He’Brew’s portfolio debuted this year, and it’s packed with five different hop varieties, including spicy Saaz and citrusy Citra.

Published September/October 2013