The Amoeba err… Blizzard of Hops Winter IPA by Troegs Brewing is a deceptively interesting offering that breaks all the rules. Whenever I see “winter” tacked on to the title of a beer, I expect a thick, malty mess of the respective base style. However, it was a pleasant and intriguing surprise to find that this “winter” seasonal is actually much lighter than your typical IPA!
This IPA pours a pale straw yellow. If not for the billowing head, the appearance would resemble that of a generic macro lager. The aroma immediately dispels that illusion with hoppy notes of citrus and pine. However, the aroma is much lighter than your traditional IPA.
The flavor progression of this IPA is equally surprising. After taking the first sip, it begins nearly flavorless (hello macro) but quickly hits you with a bitter burst balanced by lemony citrus. It finishes crisp with subtle, almost unrecognizable, hints of pine. The body on this one is extremely light for an IPA, making this very sessionable.
I have to say, the Blizzard of Hops is a perplexing IPA that really caught me off guard. It has the body and appearance of a macro lager, the name of a dingy winter seasonal, and distinct flavors borrowed from the strongest of IPAs. At no point did I ever feel like I was drinking an IPA. As such, this is a gateway IPA if I ever saw one.
- Appearance: Pale yellow
- Aroma: Light piney citrus
- Flavor: Lemony, light pine notes
- Mouthfeel: Light
- ABV: 6.4%
- Size/Price: 6pk 12 oz. / $10
- Score: 84