Hop Sutra-Double IPA

Hop Sutra-Double IPA

We are excited to bring Joe’s fantastic Double IPA offering out of the sporadic Brewer’s Special Release line up and into it’s own label and more consistent production.  We have renamed it Hop Sutra and our own Scott designed a fancy new label.  Also new, it will be packaged in a four pack instead of single bottles.

Based on the original idea of the Hop Wrangler to make a multinational IPA, this brew hs 2.5 times the hops and 1.5 times the malt.  It has fabulous hop aroma and bitterness but is well balanced with the malt.  Coming in at 9% ABV, it is a hefty brew but not so heavy you couldn’t drink a couple.  Beer Advocate gave it an A- excellent rating last winter!

Why Hop Sutra?  Well as usual, our beer names start with a beer fueled brainstorming session.  At one point, Merry Hoppins was in high contention.  And then Dan suggested Hop Sutra and it was done…

Instinctively, we just liked the name and the way it rolled off the tongue.  But on further reflection Hop Sutra fits in a broader sense.  First, this is an India Pale Ale, brewed by the English for shipment to India.  Sutra’s in the Hindu religion of India are a collection of aphorisms relating to some aspect of the conduct of life.  This beer is Joe’s doctrine on hops and trust us, it is a religious experience when you drink it.

Scott designed a label that gives a nod to the Indian background as a show of respect for how this style originated.  The rich color palette is reflective of the hefty, regal dose of hops to make this a double.

We are taking delivery on 3 new 40 barrel fermenters in early September and that will allow us to keep this beer in more regular rotation.  So we hope you will enjoy a meditation on this Sutra often!


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    Behind the Numbers: Week 12 Iowa at Purdue - The High Porch Picnic

    […] Tree back in the Iowa State preview. They are a very good little brewery from Knoxville, Iowa, and Hop Sutra is probably my favorite beer from them. It was originally a Brewer's Special Release Double […]

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    Kyl "Wine Guy" Cabbage

    Can you tell me if you use belgium yeast to make this Hop Sutra? I have a customer who is interested in trying it, but does not like the belgium yeast character.

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    frank hoffmeister

    One of the best IPAsI know and drink when I visit my daughter in Des Moines.I only wish Hop Sutra could be distributed in Oshkosh Wisconsin.

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