New Belgium Liquid Paradise IPA kicks off a new run of Voodoo Ranger Rotating India Pale Ales in 2019.
Expect three different hoppy beers throughout the. year, starting with New Belgium Liquid Paradise IPA. This tropical flavor heavy IPA uses Mosaic hops that have undergone the “incognito” process. This new proprietary technique for hop processing results in a bolder hop flavor in your finished beer. Very few brewers have used hops from the Incognito method in brewing to date.
“While Mosaic hops are nothing new, the Incognito process efficiently extracts the aromatic lupulin from the plant material to offer new layers of flavor and aroma for us to play with.” – Ross Koenigs, Research and Development Brewer at New Belgium
Nugget, Azacca, and Munich hops were also added to round out the Mosaic Incognito profile. Expect “bursts of guava, mango, grapefruit and white grape” in this medium-bodied beer.
New Belgium Liquid Paradise IPA is available now in 12-ounce cans and draft across the U.S. for a limited time.
Hops: Nugget, Mosaic INCOGNITO, Azacca, Munich
Malts: Pale, Caramel 20, Oats, Munich
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Limited Release.
Debut: January 2019
7.8% ABV, 44 IBUs
In the wild west of hazy India pale ales, one of the best breweries out there is about to release one of their own after a year of experimentation. Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA debuts this month.
Firestone’s brewmaster Matt Brynildson recognizes this hazy IPA trend got its start on America’s East Coast, but according to him, he also sees it starting with Bavarian hefeweizens. This may help explain the flavor profile in Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA.
This can of hop-haze boasts a creamy mouthfeel and tropical-banana aroma according to the brewery. (Where the Bavarian influence comes into play.) The brewing team amplified the esters from the yeast and paired it with fruity hops.
“We’re not relying on residual yeasts or starches for turbidity. The haziness and mouthfeel of Mind Haze are cultivated by more stable means, namely using 40 percent wheat and oats in the grain bill while nailing the timing and interplay of our hop additions,” says Brynildson.
It’s this hazy IPA meets Bavaria flavor that Firestone Walker hopes really puts their own “stamp” on the style.
Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA hits the brewery’s entire distribution footprint this week in 12-ounce cans and draft.
Style: Hazy IPA
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: January 2019
Founders Blushing Monk makes a return to the brewery’s Limited Release Series in 2019.
Back by popular demand Blushing Monk, considered the older, boozier sibling to raspberry heavy Rubaeus is the first release in the brewery’s Limited Series in 2019. The fruit beer is fermented with a Belgian yeast strain on a “abundance” of raspberries.
Fruit-forward ferment aromas and spice esters combine with an abundance of raspberries for a tart and luscious, raspberry-jam character.
Founders Blushing Monk will be available nationwide in both 750-milliliter bottles, new 12-ounce bottles and draft starting January 4th.
Image: Founders Brewing
Ed Note: Removed the 750ml bottle size. Only 12oz will be available.
Creature Comforts Mouse Mask debuts at the brewery in Athens, Georgia on January 4th.
The latest limited edition release from the team at Creature Comforts. ‘Mouse Mask’ is an India pale ale, brewed with Simcoe, Idaho 7, and Strata hops.
Per Emily Sabula, Communications Specialist with the brewery “The name of the beer is actually not a reference to Deadmau5, but it is a nod to Danger Mouse – he spent some time here in Athens, GA – he was a radio DJ at the hyper-local WUOG, remixed some Neutral Milk Hotel, spun records at Compadres, and was plugged into the vibrant music scene here in multiple ways. Mouse Mask (a name referencing that he would wear mouse costumes during sets) is an IPA & a celebration of a favorite musician of ours & the time he spent in our little town of Athens.”
Fans wanting to get their hands on this release can reserve 4-packs of Creature Comforts Mouse Mask now on the CraftCellr phone app (opens in new window).
Hops: Strata, Idaho 7, Simcoe
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft. Brewery only release.
Editors Note: With the name “Mouse Mask” and a turn table, we thought DeadMau5, not Danger Mouse, which we, and the brewery, have clarified.
If you expected styles like the “milkshake IPA” to die off in 2019, you might think again. Full Sail Malted Milkshake Style IPA is hitting the market.
The India pale ale went from clear to hazy (New England Style IPA). Then from hazy to lactose and fruit heavy (milkshake IPA). Oregon’s Full Sail has been experimenting with milkshake style and has settled on a recipe to ship nationally. The brewery has dubbed it the Malted Milkshake Style IPA, brewed with oats, wheat and lactose milk sugar.
“With Malted Milkshake, we really nailed it. It’s unfiltered, not bitter, and there’s tons of aroma packed into a full-bodied, creamy IPA.” – Full Sail Brewmaster Greg Doss
Full Sail Malted Milkshake Style IPA is now available in 12-ounce bottles and draft for a limited time.
6.8% ABV, 40 IBUs
The India pale ale continues to self-evolve in America. From English IPA to American IPA, from West Coast to the New England IPA, there’s always a new way to drink your hops. The latest stylistic trend is the “Brut-style”, inspired by the sparkling wine world. Kicking off a new “Up Next” series is New Belgium Brut IPA arriving in time for the new year.
Dick Cantwell of Magnolia Brewing in San Francisco (a New Belgium partner) inspired this “bubbly” release, an effervescent IPA with white grape and tropical notes. New Belgium characterizes this release as the “crisp alternative to hazy, fruit-forward IPAs” that dominate the market right now.
New Belgium Brut IPA is available in 12-ounce bottles and draft through the beginning of the new year.
Style: IPA (Brut IPA)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft. One-time Offering
Debut: December 2018
Half Acre Haunting Pattern is available today in honor of Halloween.
This spooky release is a blend of an 18-month-old mixed culture wild ale, a 20-month barrel-fermented saison, and a 16 month barrel-aged Belgian-style blonde ale. The resulting beer per the brewery is a “medium bodied, lower acid beer that weighs orange peel and papaya against pie and hay.”
Half Acre Haunting Pattern is available in 22-ounce bottles at the brewery today, along with a matching long sleeve t-shirt.
Style: American Wild Ale
Availability: 22oz Bottles. Brewery Release.
Image: Half Acre Beer