So I started with the Alaskan Hop O Thermia double IPA, label says 70 IBUs, so while it’s somewhat bitter, keep in mind that some black IPA’s are rated well over 100, and a standard brown ale may be in the range of 30.
It’s bright, although not overly so, hints of citrus with a very hoppy nose. The flavor fades quickly, ending more bitter than it starts. Overall I like it quite a bit, but maybe not the one to try first.
Pairs well with the pizza that just got here
Edit: found the Beeradvocate page: https://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/429/87556/
I did hate the “original” IPA explosion that happened (at least in Portland) about a decade ago when I was really into stouts, porters and brown ales, but I acquired a taste for them again, and I think most breweries have gotten over the ‘as bitter as it can be made’ contest that was going on then, which is nice. A lot more variety to the style now.