For coastal locals like us, the annual hurricane season is equal parts fun and terror. We all follow a series of storms with weird names like other folks follow pro sports teams, tracking paths and occasionally buying bulk batteries and jugs of spring water. The least we could do is brew some beer to help alleviate anxiety during these tense months. The Hurricane Series of IPAs, with varying strengths corresponding to each of the storm categories, is a public service of HCB.
The ABV on Category 2 IPA, brewed on September 19, 2012 and the third in the series, makes it sound like a tame beast. The hop schedule, however, is a wild animal. Copious hopping in the boil with Simcoe, Citra, Ahtanum, and Cascade was followed up with a 10lb Amarillo dry-hop. The end result is an IPA with a citrusy aroma and arresting bitterness. If this doesn’t take your mind off the stormy Atlantic, nothing will.