Sometimes more is more. While the 12-ounce format drives the majority of beer sales, most craft breweries offer a lineup of larger format bottlings. The 22-ounce bomber is typically reserved for special or seasonal releases, though some, like Ninkasi, release only in bombers. Here are three different new brews. If you love large quantities of beer, you won't want to miss out on these.
Abita Abbey Ale
Brewed in the style of a Belgian dubbel, Abbey Ale definitely has some funk on the nose, where touches of clove mingle with sour apple, pear and yeasty bread dough. The clove comes through on the palate as well, along with an array of sweet fruit flavors including banana, fig and raisin. You'll find light hops on the finish, but overall, sweet malt dominates. This is another nice effort from the Louisiana-based brewery.
Deschutes Hop In the Dark CDA
CDA stands for Cascadian dark ale and given its opaque ebony color the name is appropriate. With its deep-roasted malt and IPA-worthy blend of hops, this one could turn into a Jekyll vs. Hyde fiasco. Instead it is a wonderfully sublime ale with gorgeous hop and chocolate malt aromas that segue into beautifully persistent resiny hop, toasted malt and coffee flavors. The finish is smooth and creamy and offers pleasant, lingering touches of bittersweet chocolate.
Ninkasi Radiant Ale
Radiant pours a lovely amber with a billowy head that persists nicely with aromas laced with grain and soft fruit backed by citrusy hops. This well-balanced, very approachable brew leads off with lightly sweet malt that plays against bright citrus and a pleasantly bitter core of resiny hops. It is an eminently refreshing summer seasonal from this Eugene brewery.