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06 Nov - Craft

IPA'yayay!

As many of you already know, we have an IPA (India Pale Ale) in our core range; it was, together with the Blonde, the first beer we brewed and launched, as this is a MUST for every craft brewery worth the name. To some people, who are new to the style, it might be too bitter, because of the high hopping rate, but most people's taste buds adapt and the connaisseurs get addicted and demand even higher bitterness. This is where the Double IPA (DIPA) comes into the picture! It's not, as the name implies, double of everything but the alcohol level is higher and the bitterness can be out of this world (over 100 IBU), leaving your mouth coated with a lingering hop taste, which is why I always suggest to try a DIPA last in a beer tasting, as it will overpower everything you drink after it. Our Honey DIPA is not that "in your face", but more moderate in the bitterness, at 75 IBU (our regular IPA has 50 IBU) and with a rounded softness from the local honey, that we used a fair amount of!

The other new IPA in our range is a "New England India Pale Ale" or "Hazy IPA"; we simply call it NEIPA. This style gets its soft and rounded character from the use of wheat and oats in the mash and the use of crazy amounts of hops! However, most of the hops are not boiled but instead, three different hops (Azacca, Citra and Galaxy) are added to the fermenter, so called "dry-hopping", which keeps the bitterness at moderate levels, but you get all the citrusy and tropical fruitiness that these hop varieties provide. Using this amount of hops is not cheap, but there are no shortcuts when it comes to creating a tasty beer!

Cheers!

Robert Bush