Napa Smith Brewing (Napa, CA) has seen great success with Hopageddon, a barrel aged imperial IPA. The name suits the beer, as this imperial IPA not only wet-hopped, but aged in Chardonnay & Cabernet barrels. Tentatively, the brewery will be putting the complex hop bomb (that combines both beer, and the wine country in which they reside) into bombers.
Hopageddon is an end-of-the-world imperial IPA that defies expectations and induces an intense hop-stupor that will leave you wondering what just happened. At 144 IBUs, Hopageddon glows with a gorgeous fiery orange color and showcases a distinct, full white head. The added character given by the Chardonnay and Cabernet barrels accentuates explosive papaya and lychee flavors along with herbaceous aromas. Chewy, grassy, wet-hop flavors, hints of dried apricot, and impressions of barrel tannins are evident in mutiple layers. The distinct Barrel-hopped flavors and shockwave of bitterness lingers on the palate and leaves hopheads with a Post-ahopalyptic yearning for more.
Style: Imperial IPA (Barrel Aged)
Hops: Chinook, Cascade, Warrior, Columbus, Mt. Hood, Centennial
Availability: Draft. 22oz bombers soon.
Bottle Arrival: TBA
9.2% ABV, 144 IBUs