What follows is the November 6th edition of my weekly column written for DIG Magazine.
One look at the label of Parish Brewing’s latest big bottle release, and you know you’ll be in for a treat. When the description contains the words “badass,” “serum,” and “rainbow pooping unicorns,” the beer is a must-try.
Dr. Hoptagon is a black IPA that truly defies description. It pours a beautiful black color with a wonderful head that fades quickly. The aroma is equal parts citrusy hops and roasted malts, which is an impressive feat. The taste is bursting with hops on the front end, yet the roastedness doesn’t take a back seat at all. Despite the IPA moniker, this beer has a velvety smooth mouthfeel, and drinks well.
I’ve shared these with friends over the last few weeks, and some say it tastes like a hoppy stout, while others argue it’s a roasty IPA. Consensus is that this is perhaps Parish’s best beer to date. My IPA-hating wife even enjoyed this one, so despite the warnings on the label, this is a black beauty of a beer.
The doctor won’t be around much longer, since this is a one-time release. When it’s gone, it’s gone. Look for bottles at Cuban Liquor, Calandro’s, The Beverage Store, and other specialty grocers and bottle shops.