Topic Archives: IPA

Posted in Headlines, New Belgium

Truly a dank IPA? New Belgium The Hemperor ships in April, brewed with hemp

New Belgium The Hemperor

New Belgium The Hemperor, an India pale ale brewed with hemp, debuts in April.

India pale ales have always been hot in craft beer, but lately, their popularity has skyrocketed. You can thank new strains of dank hops, the New England IPA trend, even cheaper ways for small breweries to can their lineup. New Belgium is always experimenting with the green hop-star, but this time the green is a little different.

New Belgium got started in Colorado, known for scenic mountains, breweries and most recently – legal weed. That legal green has given New Belgium the inspiration for what they believe is a new style of IPA, brewed with hemp.

The brewery has developed a way to recreate the terpene flavors in hemp seeds. Terpenes are hydrocarbons derived from the essential oils of the hemp plants. They are major components of resin. Terpenes give plants their aroma, taste and even color. Those potent hemp seed flavors, plus hand selected hop varieties, promise a truly new and unique “HPA” (hemp IPA).

You’ve probably heard weed referred to as “dank”. You most certainly have heard that term used to describe hops. New Belgium is fusing the two flavors and aromas into one “dank” beer.  It is important to note, hemp seeds and other products are not legally allowed to contain the cannabinoid known as THC (Delta-9 Tetrahydrocannabinol) in them. Any trace of this would be so small it would take an exorbitant amount of consumption to even remotely show up on drug tests, etc. The Hemperor uses the terpenes or essence of hemp, not the cannabinoid THC.

…we found a unique way to recreate hemp terpene flavors in a beer, which complement the inclusion of hop flavors and hemp hearts (seeds) in a brand new, delicious way—not to mention this beer is extremely dank! The flavors and aromas are so unique that it’s a style unto itself, hence HPA®.

New Belgium The Hemperor will start shipping in April, in 12-ounce bottles and draft.

Style: IPA (w/ Hemp)
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: April 2018

7% ABV

Posted in New Realm Brewing, New Releases

New Realm Hoplandia IPA will soon hit distro

New Realm Hoplandia IPA

New Realm Hoplandia IPA won’t be a draft-only offering much longer. The brewery is canning the flagship offering this month.

Atlanta, Georgia based New Realm Brewing opened their doors on the city’s beltline in January. In a few short weeks, Hoplandia IPA is assuming the role of “flagship status” already.


Mitch Steele hails from the hoppy American West Coast, making that influence undeniable in every sip. Warrior, Simcoe, and Centennial hops blossom with every sip. Think citrus, peaches, and orange zest. No, don’t ask if it’s hazy. Ironically, Steele denies any “coast” claiming with Hoplandia:

Hoplandia is no ordinary IPA. It’s not confined to the style of the West Coast, East Coast or whatever coast. This lush IPA is something sublimely different and now in cans, more Atlantans will be able to experience Hoplandia for themselves.

All coasts aside, New Realm Hoplandia IPA, as well as Euphonia PIlsner, will soon be available in 12-ounce cans at the brewery, as well as Georgia distribution as we head into April.

Style: IPA
Hops: Centennial, Warrior, Simone
Malts: Pale, Pilsner, Crystal

Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year-Round
Debut (Cans): March 2018

7.3% ABV, 75 IBUs

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Posted in Don't Miss This, New Releases, Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin Chopsecutioner, aged on baseball bats leads off in cans this season

Terrapin Chopsecutioner can

Terrapin Chopsecutioner was born at the brewery’s baseball brewhouse Suntrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, last season. This month, the beer steps up to the plate in cans for the first time.

Maybe drinking 7.3% ABV IPA for 9 innings of baseball in a hot city like Atlanta isn’t recommended. Terrapin Chopsecutioner is here to help. The Athens, Georgia based brewery has a new 5 barrel pilot system at Suntrust Park, the new home of the Atlanta Braves and is the birthplace of this unique beer.

RELATED: First Look: Terrapin ATL BrewLab

Attendees to Suntrust Park this summer will see quite a few unique recipes coming out of the new ATL BrewLab, starring with Chopsecutioner, which is actually aged on Mizuno wood bat chips. The hop lineup is the same as the bigger Hopsecutioner sibling, but with a lighter body, lower ABV, and a touch of wood flavor from the bats.

Terrapin Chopsecutioner is available on draft year-round at Suntrust Park. New 16-ounce cans are hitting shelves around Georgia, March until June.

Style: IPA (Aged on Baseball Bats)
Availability: 16oz Cans, Draft.
Debut: April 2017
Can Debut: March 2018

5% ABV, 60 IBUs

PIC: Beer Street Journal. There is another IPA aged on baseball bats, dubbed ‘Homefront’, that benefits a great cause -Operation Homefront. 

Posted in Hi Wire Brewing, New Releases

New England IPA: Hi-Wire Hazy & Juicy & Hoppy & Fresh

Hi-Wire Hazy & Juicy & Hoppy & Fresh

The New England style IPA will be alive and well in 2018. Hi-Wire Hazy & Juicy & Hoppy & Fresh is on the way.

The beer is so much like the “Helvetica List” t-shirts. You’ve seen them. They are usually white on black, with a list of four related cultural references and a lot of ampersands. (Ex. Me & You & Yo Momma & Yo Cousin Too, from OutKast.).

Asheville’s Hi-Wire already has some pretty sleek can designs – like Pink Drink & 10W-40. Whether or not the brewery was going for the “Helvetica List” idea, what they have done really makes for great new can design. Hi-Wire Hazy & Juicy & Hoppy & Fresh has debuted in Asheville, North Carolina.

The name describes this beer in full – hazy, juicy, and hoppy. Fresh is how you should be drinking it.

Hi-Wire Hazy & Juicy & Hoppy & Fresh will be a 16-ounce can release.

Style: IPA
Availability: 16oz Cans
Debut: March 2018

7.5% ABV

Posted in Don't Miss This, Red Brick Brewing

Red Brick Airbrush Daydream introduces the “Myrtle Beach IPA”

Red Brick Airbrush Daydream cans

Breakout those tacky-ass beach shirts. Red Brick Airbrush Daydream is coming this month.

The Atlanta based brewery jokingly subtitles this release a “Myrtle Beach Style IPA”. Funny now, but watch it become an actual beer style. After all, you can pretty much thank social media turning New England IPA into a hoppy juggernaut.

While New England is home to haze, the “Myrtle Beach Style” IPA is a tart one. Red Brick brews this release with Citra, Mosaic, and Topaz hops. If a surf shop t-shirt could be a beer, this is probably it.

Red Brick Airbrush Daydream will be available when the brewery opens on March 15th, in 16-ounce 4-packs.

Style: IPA
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Topaz

Availability: 16oz Cans. Limited Release.
Debut: 3/15/18

?? ABV

PIC: Beer Street Journal

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Posted in Ballast Point Brewing, Don't Miss This, New Releases

Ballast Point Aloha Sculpin has joined the “Sculpin IPA” family

Ballast Point Aloha Sculpin

There’s a new Sculpin launching nationally with a tropical spin. Ballast Point Aloha Sculpin is hitting shelves now. 

The story of this new India pale ale is the marriage of tropical flavor forward hops and the Bruxellensis Trois yeast selected for this beer. This fast fermenting strain of Brux lends the beer bursts of mango and pineapple flavors after fermentation. Combine those fruity flavors with a lineup of bold hops and the result is Aloha Sculpin. Also, for you haze chasers out there, this release sports a bit of that cloudiness you’re craving.

We used Brux Trois yeast to turn our award-winning IPA into a tropical oasis, enhancing its hop character with bright and refreshing notes of guava, pineapple, and mango.

The Sculpin family includes Grapefruit, PineappleHabanero, as well as Unfiltered editions.

Ballast Point Aloha Sculpin is now shipping nationally in 12-ounce bottles and draft.

Style: IPA
Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: February 2018

7% ABV

Posted in Heavy Seas, Seasonal Return

Hazy in Baltimore: Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect will return

Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect Bottle

Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect, a new hazy India pale ale will return in 2018. 

Hazy, turbid IPAs are probably here to stay. What started with smaller craft breweries dropping “haze”, spread to larger brewers follow suit. Stone intermittently releases an Enjoy By Unfiltered IPA, Ballast Point released Unfiltered Sculpin, even Sierra Nevada just debuted Hazy Little ThingHeavy Seas The Alpha Effect won over fans last March, so expect it again this year.

The brewery built this recipe from the ground up, using predominately Columbus hops. Interestingly, the brewery doesn’t use Columbus in any of their other beers.

This IPA certainly is hazy. Turbid? No. Juicy? Yes. If it’s a trop hop combo you are seeking, you’ll find it here. This IPA is a beautiful blend citrus, melon and piney hop flavors, with a smooth finish thanks to an addition of wheat.

The beer is hazy, with a modest portion of malted wheat in the grist. Straw colored, it has a clean, crisp malt profile. Juicy, resiny, piney hop aromas and flavors are the stars of this show, however. Some Citra and Centennial hops play supporting roles to Columbus’ powerful performance. If you like hops, find The Alpha Effect. You won’t be disappointed!” – Heavy Seas Brewmaster, Christopher Leonard

Heavy Seas The Alpha Effect will be available in 12-ounce bottles and draft again in February 2018.

Style: IPA
Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Citra, Mosaic
Malts: 2 Row, Wheat, Caramalt

Availability: 12oz Bottles, Draft.
Debut: March 2017
Latest Return: February 2018

7% ABV, 75 IBUs

PIC: Beer Street Journal

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