Posted July 5, 2013 by Crafted Pours in Blog Posts

Breaking Through the Boundaries of Beer Style Guidelines

prairie hop -saison
prairie hop -saison

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.

Pretty Things Jack D’Or

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)

Prairie Hop

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)

Westbrook Bearded Farmer 3 – Thomas

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.

Jack’s Abby Cascadian Schwarzbier

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)

The Tap Brewing’s Eagle Five

Smooth and roasty with flavors of herbal hops and a finish high in hop bitterness. Brewed in Haverhill, MA.

Other Style Breakers
Burnside Brewing Lime Kolsch

German Style Kolsch flavored with lime zest, Kaffir lime leaves, and lemongrass. Crisp and citrusy. Brewed in Portland, OR. (5.4%, 18 IBUs)

Trinity Brewing Elektrik Cucumbahh

A Saison flavored with English cucumbers and lemon zest. Earthy and refreshing. Brewed in Colorado Springs, CO(6.4%)

Trinity Brewing Red Swingline

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)

Alameda Brewing Bad Bunny

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)

Night Shift Snow

An Oatmeal Pale Ale flavored with coffee. Called a White Stout by the brewery. Brewed in Everett, MA.