Proving Ground is a full-flavored and assertively-hopped "west coast IPA" showcasing generous amounts of American hops alongside an unlikely deployment of Maris Otter that provides a strong foil to the hop attack. It's straw-colored with a bright, citrus and piney aroma that's followed by resinous, citrus and spicy bitterness. The lingering, knife-like, drying bitterness continues through the finish but the malt remains evident throughout. First brewed in 1999, this beer was a test of the boundaries of most hopheads at the time, which the name references.
Food Pairing: matches well with assertively flavored food, especially spicy dishes but also loaded burgers and fried chicken
The most popular American craft beer style. Floral, fruity, citrus, piney aromas and flavors. They range in ease of drinking (session) from easy to quite huge knock-you-out-of-your-chair flavor and alcohol.
- ABV: Medium to high alcohol
- Color: Golden to copper/brown
- Glassware: Spiegelau IPA glass or similar
- Temperature: 50-55 oF
- Food Pairing: Thai food, burgers, oily fish like salmon or mackerel, citrus desserts