Over the years I’ve come to find that, day in and day out, one of my favorite go-to beer styles is an IPA. From a local brew to the more far-flung, I love a really hoppy beer. Of all the beers that Sierra Nevada produces, their IPA is consistently one of the best. It’s fitting, then, that in the spirit of National Poetry Month, we couple a lovely beer with a love poem; Boris Pasternak’s “Hops.”
Sierra Nevada’s Torpedo Extra IPA
As a true west coast IPA, Torpedo hits the nose with hops and citrus right up front. It’s a nice mix of earth and sweet.
The first taste confirms the first sniff; it’s got a zingy hoppyness to it with a nice citrus finish. It’s got just the right amount of hoppy bite on the back-end as well.
10/10 For Beers with Scrolls on the label
8.5/10 For West Coast IPAs
Boris Pasternak’s Hops
Beneath the willow wound round with ivy
we take cover from the worst
of the storm, with a greatcoat round
our shoulders and my hands around your waist.
I’ve got it wrong. That isn’t ivy
entwined in the bushes round
the wood, but hops. You intoxicate me!
Let’s spread the greatcoat on the ground.