was a time when every IPA was either a pine bomb or a citrus bomb, but
in recent years we’re seeing a new trend: the spice bomb. Many modern
hops have a versatile character that simultaneously imparts flavors of
earth, herbs, and dry spice and brewers seem to be using them a lot
these days. That’s certainly the case with Tröegs Blizzard of Hops. It
works well as an IPA, though it’s not particularly benefited from its
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. It was bottled on 10/30/14 and cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).
Appearance: Pilsner-like complexion with a crystal clear golden body
topped by a white, frothy head which retains and laces well.
Smell: Spicy/herbal/piney hops on the nose, though a bit mild overall. Has a slight musty character.
Taste: An interesting selection of hops were used in the brewing of this
beer (Centennial, Chinook, El Dorado, and Galaxy). Each creates for a
distinct flavor character: light citrus peel, some pine needles, but a
strong finish of garlic/onion and general earthiness. The base malt is
simply pilsner malt and wheat; the latter of which accounts for a slight
tartness on the finish. Otherwise the malt is a light, cracker-like
flavor, which is a bit of a moot point since the hops are the stars
here. I find the overall palette to be enjoyable, but it’s not
especially delicious. I appreciate the originality, though.
Drinkability: It’s interesting that this beer looks like a pilsner, as
it also drinks like a pilsner. The mouthfeel is noticeably thin for an
IPA, but remarkably crisp and well-carbonated. It goes down smooth,
though the spicy hops definitely linger on the palate. It doesn’t seem
to quite fulfill its 6.4% ABV potential, but there is no “light” quality
to this brew whatsoever.