This past winter, we siphoned some of our spicy and rugged seasonal IPA into bourbon barrels. Before sealing them for a nearly three-month hibernation, we dosed the vessels with whole-cone Comet and East Kent Golding hops-a nod to how traditional IPAs were prepped for sea voyages. The explosive aroma seesaws between tropical fruit and vanilla, and an overall sweetness tames the barrels’ kick, which holds the remnant spice of rye.
Brewer: Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
Style: American Strong Ale
Alcohol Content: 8.9%