101 North Brewing Co. Heroine IPA
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It’s only too appropriate that I had a flaming glass already waiting at home, so the label of this IPA immediately ensnared my gaze when I spotted it at BevMo!. Run by a bunch of guys that embraces “fake it until you make it.,” 101 North Brewing Co. of Petaluma had been gaining traction since 2011. So far of the three beers available from 101 North, the bellwether is Heroine. Zach chuckled at the name, reminding me that recently I had a chat with my students about heroine vs. heroin, as they were confusing the two. For the hop lovers, this might be the perfect ale to satisfy that jones (the hop jones, not the heroin one, that’s all bad). It is brewed with hops added at different times through the process, creating a layered effect that pleases the nose and the tongue with its aroma and flavor. The flowery hops are strong, putting this at 64 IBU with 7.2% ABV to back it up. The super-heroine on the label evokes strength and beauty, which is what this beer balances.