Alpharetta's Best Brew 1

Beer name: Hootn’ & Hollern’ Double IPA

Brewery: Jekyll Brewing, Alpharetta

Style: Double India Pale Ale

Price: $9.99 for a four pack bottles

ABV: 8.8 percent alcohol by volume

Hops: Amarillo and Summit

Flavor: This DIPA is different. Instead of the popular citrus burst immediately from the sip, there is a more oaky. piney earthiness in the one, along with characteristics found in rye-infused ales and that is not a bad thing at all. In fact, it’s a refreshing approach to this style, with more controlled notes of apricot, mango and mandarin orange working with a caramel and toffee backbone. The flavors reach their peak at a cool—not cold—temperature.

Aroma: Wonderfully complex with a fusion of pine, orange and pineapple with a little alcohol heat to wake up the nose in the proper glass like a tulip or Teku joint.

Would taste best with: Grilled, glazed chicken; gumbo; chili; Wisconsin sharp cheddar; Jamaican cuisine; fried seafood; Nashville-style hot chicken; and legitimate enchiladas.

Overall: Often, brewers of double India pale ales are known to not only boost the alcohol levels well over seven percent, but also make the hops considerably more aggressive in aroma and palate profiles. Jekyll did a solid job balancing the earthy bitterness with the malty base while allowing mentionable notes of mango, pineapple and even a toffee finish so that no single characteristic takes the backseat. I am looking forward to Jekyll’s consistent growth and heightened will to experiment. Things are evidently promising for this Alpharetta gem going into its third brewing year.

Color: A deep, rich chestnut brown.

Dennis Malcolm Byron aka Ale Sharpton is a world-renowned beer authority, award-winning journalist, blogger (AleSharpton.com), photographer, consultant, show host (Cruisin’ For A Brewsin’), gourmand and proud Cornell University alumnus. He proudly resides in Atlanta, Georgia. Follow him on Twitter (@alesharpton) and Instagram (@realalesharpton).