Hoss is based on the Märzen lagers of Germany. Rich, layered malt notes, with hints of cherry and dark fruits, dominate, while the unique addition of rye imparts a slightly earthy, spicy character. Hoss is vibrantly red-orange in color, and it features a crisp, dry finish.
"Hoss is our first commercially released lager ever," notes Great Divide founder and president Brian Dunn. "We wanted it to have those classic German-lager qualities--to be clean, drinkable--but we also wanted to put our own twist on it. The rye is subtle, but it gives the beer a nice jolt of liveliness and makes it unique. We think it makes a perfect beer for late summer."
Hoss, which will replace Belgica in Great Divide's seasonal lineup, will be available in six-packs and on draft through October 1. It sits at a stout but still sessionable 6.4% alcohol by volume.
Tripel is Great Divide's nod to the classic strong abbey ales of Belgium. Fruity yeast character dominates throughout, while a balance of sweet malt and noble hops gives way to a bit of warmth in the finish. Tripel is straw-hued and medium-bodied, and is dangerously drinkable for a beer at 9.3% alcohol by volume.
"We've really enjoyed experimenting with Belgian styles, and Tripel is our biggest, richest Belgian-style beer yet," says Dunn. "The great abbey ales are a lot to live up to, but we think Tripel will stand up to the best of them; it'll send off the new seasonal series with a bang."
Tripel will be available in 22-ounce bottles and on draft through October 1.
Great Divide will hold a release party for Hoss and Tripel on August 14 from 7-9 p.m. at the brewery. For $15, partygoers can get snacks and all the Hoss and Tripel they can (responsibly) drink.