what: Sierra Nevada’s Hop Bullet Double IPA
ABV:8 percent ABV
cost:$7.79 for a six-pack
This Double India Pale Ale is, believe it or not, the brewery’s spring seasonal. The interesting thing about this beer and the reason it is featured here is the brewery is using a new hop product known as lupulin or hop dust in brewing this big beer. The lupulin glands in the hop plant contain the essential oils and resins that are responsible for flavor and bitterness. Lupulin dust is the result of the conversion of these oils into a powder by a new process that supposedly retains more of the desirable hop attributes than other forms of hops used by breweries.
Hop Bullet is a remarkable Double IPA. The brewery uses hop dust along with whole hops for dry hopping this beer in the fermenter. The result is amazingly fresh and bright pine and citrus aroma and flavor. The body is fairly light for this style with very little malt or bitterness. The result is a tasty and dangerously drinkable beer with its alcoholic strength well hidden. The low price is a bargain for a Double IPA of this quality. Cheers! — Gerald Jowers