In April, Terrapin Beer Co. celebrated its 17th anniversary, and unveiled Hoppin’ Bubbly Brut IPA, its clever collaboration with Miller High Life, AKA the Champagne of Beers.
Now, Hoppin’ Bubbly is hitting the Georgia market on draft and in 6-pack 12-ounce cans. And in honor of that, it’s this week’s Beer Pick.
Hoppin’ Bubbly Brut IPA
Terrapin Beer Co., Athens, GA
Available in Georgia and Wisconsin on draft and in 6-pack 12-ounce cans
The word from Terrapin is that Hoppin’ Bubbly “celebrates the classic malt bill from ‘The Champagne of Beers’ and Terrapin’s affinity for IPAs.”It’s brewed with Moravian malt, flaked corn, flaked rye, and Cascade, Citra and Mosaic hops, then dry-hopped with Mosaic, Citra, and Amarillo hops.
It pours a pale gold, with a lively white head and fine carbonation. The dry-hopping imparts some subtle citus and herbal aromatics, and the off dry flavor tingles with a touch of bitterness, before a crisp, dry finish. At 6.5 percent alcohol, it isn’t exactly a light beer, but it is delightfully quaffable, and food friendly.
Terrapin recommends pairing Hoppin’ Bubbly with blue cheese or sharp cheddar, sausage, or pork tenderloin. I’d say it would be fine with caviar, too.
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