25. The Burnt Hickory Brewery The Didjits
City: Kennesaw, GA
The verdict: Burnt Hickory is one of the buzzier small breweries in Georgia, and â€œThe Didgitsâ€ makes that easy to understand. An IPA infused with blood oranges, this beer understandably comes across with a candy-like sweetnessâ€”itâ€™s intensely citric and juicy, in a unique way that tipped off tasters that there might be something more than simply American hops at work. Itâ€™s a bit earthier and more rounded in its maltiness than some of the other fruit or zest-infused IPAs, though, and thereâ€™s even the lightest bit of tartness presentâ€”this is not a simple or gimmicky IPA. Its unique, candied fruit character helped it stand out in its heat and earn a place in the finals.
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