Terrapin Hopzilla Double IPA
Terrapin Beer Co, Athens, Ga.
$7.99/ 22-ounce bottle at metro beverage stores; also on draft at select metro beer bars.
Profile: Most beer geeks go giddy over hops. Terrapin Side Project Volume 12, a monstrously hoppy double IPA, dubbed Hopzilla, is dialed-in to delight those geeks.
In brewing, bitterness is measured by the International Bittering Units (IBU) scale. At 110 IBU and 10.8 percent alcohol by volume, Hopzilla is intense and strong. But it’s easier to drink than you might expect. It’s made with 100 percent Maris Otter malt, adding a base of elegant sweetness to balance the bitterness, and dry-hopped with Citra hops, which impart pleasant tropical fruit aromas.
Pair with: Match Hopzilla with bold, hot and spicy foods. Dishes such as Guyanese pepper pot beef, Cajun jambalaya with andouille sausage, or New Mexico chiles rellenos would pair well.
— Bob Townsend is editor of Southern Brew News, a bimonthly publication distributed throughout the Southeast, www.brewingnews.com/southernbrew