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4. Category 4 IPA from Due South Brewing

Tie down the boats and put away the patio furniture, as a hurricane of hops is on the loose in the form of Due South's Category 4 IPA. It's considered by the brewers as an intensely hopped Irish red ale (at 85 IBUs), and we couldn't agree more. Hop aromas of grapefruit, citrus pith, and a note of maltiness dominate the nose, with a flavor of assertive citrus and resinous hops riding that small paddleboard of a malt backing. It's what we want in an IPA, and it fits perfectly after our run of sweet beers. It joins the heavier club at 7.7 percent abv.

3. Caramel Cream Ale from Due South Brewing

Even though we're passing through some modestly alcoholic beers, it doesn't mean we won't be getting anything flavorful. That's especially the case with Due South Brewing's Caramel Cream Ale. Arguably the brewery's most popular beer, it's also one of the best it makes. Caramel candy notes come through on a modest body of malts and hops, like sniffing a bowl of Werthers Originals. It's even dry-hopped with vanilla to give it that extra burst of aroma. It's another all-day type beer at 5 percent abv, but we've got more to sample, so just the one, please.

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