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
The Boston Red Sox have won the 2018 World Series and Boston Beer Company is celebrating true brewery style – with a beer.
This season marked the brewery’s first year as the official beer of the Red Sox. Now they have a new reason to celebrate, now they are champions once again.
Available this week only is Sam Adams Damage Done, an imperial IPA honoring the Red Sox achievement. The very appropriate New England IPA is aged on vanilla beans with guava, mango, and lactose.
Fans will only find this release at the Boston based brewery through the end of the week, available in commemorative crowlers seen above.
Bell’s Sideyard Ale debuts this fall, a fresh-hopped New England style IPA.
This hazy new IPA uses fresh Chinook hops grown next to the Comstock, Michigan production brewery. The 16-ounce 4-pack of cans will feature different artwork depicting the brewery’s beloved Hop Yard.
Bell’s Sideyard Ale will be exclusively available in the brewery’s Eccentric Cafe location in downtown Kalamazoo.
Three Taverns Cush, a new hazy India pale ale, debuts on July 14th.
Galaxy, El Dorado, and Hallertau Blanc hops plus a touch of lactose highlight this 8.7% alcohol by volume IPA – touted as “juicy and soft”.
A huge bouquet aroma of citrus and bursting with juice [SIC] flavors of passion fruit and pineapple with an incredibly soft (or “cushiony”) and creamy mouthfeel. This is one not to miss!
Three Taverns Cush is available in limited 12-ounce cans and draft starting Saturday, July 14th
Ed Note: Cush releases on Saturday, July 14th instead of July 13th as previously reported.
New Holland Tangerine Space Machine
Style: Hazy IPA
Availability: 12oz Cans, Draft. Year Round
Image: Beer Street Journal
Odell Cloud Catcher Milkshake IPA is set to debut later this summer.
The currently unofficial style of beer known as the “milkshake India pale ale” is basically a hazy IPA plus lactose, a milk sugar. Most milkshakes have vanilla beans and fruit also added.
Fort Collins, Colorado based Odell Brewing is slated to release Cloud Catcher Milkshake IPA this August. The hop forward, smooth IPA is purported to feature flavors of “creamsicle and peach”, although the label artwork doesn’t mention the addition of any fruit.
Our fabled Odell Cloud Catcher roams the sunset, sweeping up every stray Cumulonimbus. She has one mission: to capture the key ingredient to our hazy, smooth Milkshake IPA. Hop-forward with notes of creamsicle and peach, it delivers a citrus-like burst alongside its velvety texture. Her risk is your delicious reward.
Odell Cloud Catcher will be available in 12-ounce cans and draft in August, according to the brewery’s website.
Brewery Ommegang has announced the addition of a canning line to their Cooperstown, New York facility. Their first “in-house” cans will debut this month.
FX Matt Brewing has been assisting Ommegang with canning for the past two years. Witte Wheat Ale and Nirvana IPA, and Short Sleeve Saison have been distributed to New York state only.
Despite the brewery’s diverse portfolio of beers, Ommegang Neon Rainbows has been tapped for their inaugural home aluminum run. Neon Rainbows is just the second release in the brewery’s “Farmstead Series” of beers, following Hopstate NY IPA.
Transcending the Ommegang’s Belgian inspired traditions, Neon Rainbows is a double dry-hopped New England style IPA. Originally, Rainbows was brewed for ‘Belgium comes to Cooperstown Festival’, only to become a favorite with the brewery local and loyal. The big, juicy IPA features a hefty lineup of hops, including Magnum, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Centennial, and Topaz. The dank dry-hop lineup includes Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, and Topaz.
Bursting with juicy tropical fruit flavors and aromas and paired with a pillowy mouthfeel and low bitterness, Neon Rainbows is 6.6% ABV and 45 IBUs.
The only downside to this news? Ommegang Neon Rainbows is a brewery only release on May 26th.
Style: Hazy IPA
Hops: Magnum, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra, Centennial, Topaz
Availability: 16oz Cans. Brewery Only
Debut (Cans): 5/26/18
6.6% ABV, 45 IBUs