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Don’t let the “IPA” in this beer’s name fool you: While brewed with an insane amount of hops, this imposing concoction is an IPA in name only. Coming in at over 18 percent ABV and featuring a thick, sweet malt backbone to contain the two hours of hopping it undergoes (hence the name), it has almost nothing in common with the standard, drinkable IPAs. This strong ale has a pleasingly pungent aroma, but the bracing bitterness you’d expect isn’t here. Instead, this slow sipper blends potent hop flavor (sans bitterness!) with a rich, complex malt body and a warming alcohol finish for something closer to a hoppy barleywine than an imperial IPA. (But who cares about labels when what you’re drinking is this good?) This disappears quickly when it’s on draft, so get a glass at Khyber Pass, 2nd Street Brew House and American Sardine Bar.
PW's Year of Beer: Victory Helios