Culminating a 15-year quest to master the West Coast IPA, one of the world’s most highly regarded brewers has unveiled a beer that sets new standards for what an IPA can be. Firestone Walker brewmaster Matt Brynildson has taken his mastery of hopping techniques over the years and rolled it into one beer – Firestone Walker Hopnosis IPA – a full-bodied, well-blended, explosively tropical IPA.
The secret behind Hopnosis is a proprietary blend of hops from across the globe including New Zealand and the Pacific Northwest, along with the use of Cryo Hops® technology to separate, preserve and intensify the hop components, resulting in a robust yet smooth beer.
GSN’s Remarks: Freshly sliced pineapple notes open up the palate, with a session-like bitterness. But, don’t be fooled. This is a 6.7% abv brew that will put you under its spell. The body is light, summery and with a creamy mouthfeel. The hop blend really is superb here, creating a cohesive whole wherein you can taste the malt, the hops and the minerality of the water. When many companies are still pushing hops to 11, it is refreshing to have a more balanced take on the style. Cheers to Firestone! GSN Rating: A
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