Here’s a steady selection from Firestone Walker‘s Propagator Series, an R&D location known for producing semi-experimental beers. There’s nothing particularly earth-shattering about this beer — available only through Firestone’s Crafted Through Hops IPA mixed pack — but if you’re hankering for a (nearly) classic west coast style IPA, you’ve come to the right place. Well-hopped with Australian Vic Secret hops, there’s just a hint of tropical pineapple to temper what is otherwise an exploration of forest floor and pine bark — earthy, wet leaves lingering on the finish. Solid stuff, but it’s amazing how much that touch of fruit really helps perk things up.
A- / $16 per (mixed) 12-pack / firestonebeer.com