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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