Breaking Through the Boundaries of Beer Style Guidelines
A Look at Craft Brewed Beers That Stretch Beyond Traditional Beer Style Guidelines
Guidelines are great, and we use them everyday to categorize beers on our site, so that visitors can find what they are looking for easily and quickly, and craft brewers brew to certain style guidelines so that consumers know what to expect when drinking their beers. However, beers can get quite interesting when the guidelines are broken, and new styles can emerge, like Cascadian Dark Ales, White IPAs, and India Pale Lagers.
Super Hopped Saisons
Saisons are very popular these days, but most have moderate bitterness levels. We found a couple Saisons that stretch the boundaries, with hopping at the level of IPAs.
Brewed with Nugget, Styrian Golding, Columbus, and Palisade hops. Earthy, herbal, and spicy which much higher hop bitterness than most Saisons. Brewed outside of Boston, MA. (6.5% ABV, 57 IBUs)
Brewed and dry-hopped ,with Simcoe and Citra hops. Opens up with the floral aromatics of an IPA and finishes with high bitterness, while still retaining classic Saison flavors. Brewed in Krebs, OK. (8% ABV)
Brewed with Wakatu, Motueka, and Pacific Gem hops. Citrusy, spicy, and earthy flavors with high hop bitterness. (7.8% ABV, 75 IBUs)
Hopped up Schwarzbiers
German Style Schwarzbiers are typically smooth dark lagers with moderate bitterness. We found a couple that should be coined as India Dark Lagers.
Brewed with Magnum, Cascade, Columbus, Centennial, and Cluster hops. Crisp, dark and malty with notes of pine and citrus. Finishes with high hop bitterness. Brewed in Framingham, MA. (6.8%, 70 IBUs)
Smooth and roasty with flavors of herbal hops and a finish high in hop bitterness. Brewed in Haverhill, MA.
Other Style Breakers
German Style Kolsch flavored with lime zest, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass. Crisp and citrusy. Brewed in Portland, OR. (5.4%, 18 IBUs)
A Saison flavored with English cucumbers and lemon zest. Earthy and refreshing. Brewed in Colorado Springs, CO(6.4%)
A super-hopped Barrel-Aged Sour Ale. Flavored with coriander and tangerine zest. Fermented with wild Brettanomyces yeast, sour, and extremely bitter, with the bitterness level of an Double IPA, Brewed in Colorado Springs, CO. (4.1% ABV, 100 IBUs)
A double strength Imperial Cream Ale. Brewed with flaked maize and Czech Saaz hops. Smooth and creamy. Brewed in Portland, OR. (8.2%, 33 IBUs)
An Oatmeal Pale Ale flavored with coffee. Called a White Stout by the brewery. Brewed in Everett, MA.