Beer Pick: Sweetwater Border Hopper

Sweetwater Border Hopper

Sweetwater Brewing Co., Atlanta

$5.99/22-ounce bottle; also available on draft at some beer bars and restaurants.

Profile: The latest limited-edition Dank Tank creation from Sweetwater, Border Hopper is a hefty American double IPA brewed with fresh Citra hops from Washington's Yakima Valley. At 8.6 percent alcohol by volume, it's a juicy brew, with fruity aromas and flavors, bright citrus and tropical notes, and a burst of malty sweetness that lingers into the finish.

Pair with: Match big, bright Border Hopper with spicy dishes, such as chili or curry, or try it with sharp, aged cheeses, such as clothbound cheddar or Stilton.

Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly beer publication distributed throughout the Southeast: