A trio of beers at Howell’s and Hood in Chicago. On the top, Two Brothers’ Sour Beer #2 (a 4 of 4), Greenbush’s Brother Benjamin Imperial IPA (a 3 of 4) on the bottom left, and Big Shoulders’ Hopapalooza IPA (a 2 of 4) on the bottom right. The Sour #2 is simply excellent - great tannic qualities from the barrel and lots of complexity and tartness in a really light body. Not puckering, but firmly tart, and there’s a lot of great light fruit and brett presence. Brother Benjamin is a solid powerful IPA - the reddish malt back has some nice caramel and toffee notes that help balance a relatively assertive resinous bitterness with some light citrus as well. There’s some honey- and candy-like notes in the body - a bit on the malty side in terms of the complexity, but there’s some firm bitterness as well to help balance. Hopapalooza has a pretty standard pine/citrus hop profile and a pretty chewy and biscuity malt body. The lacing is sticky, the body is sticky, and while there’s some firm bitterness in the body, the hops get a little lost in it all. There’s a decent nose on this, but the body’s nothing to write home about.