Vacation in a bottle is probably the best way to describe Full Sail IPApaya IPA. It may officially be the dead of winter, but Hood River, Oregon’s Full Sail isn’t brewing that way.
Full Sail Ipapaya IPA features Equinox, (aka Eukanot) hops, and fresh papaya to create an IPA that screams island drinking, not puffy coats and runny noses.
“After testing several hop varietals for this IPA we chose to showcase Equinox (aka Ekuanot) – a hop well known for imparting unique fruity notes of melon, citrus, berry, and papaya. And since this beer was all about hops and fruit, we kept the recipe light and simple using only pale and wheat malts.” – Greg Doss, Full Sail Brewing Supervisor
Cold outside, but tropical in your glass. Full Sail IPApaya IPA is available in 12 ounce bottles and draft from January to April, 2017.
Debut: January, 2017
6.2% ABV, 58 IBUs
Image: Full Sail Brewing
Wicked Weed Genesis has returned to the Asheville, North Carolina brewery’s lineup. It has been about a year since the beer was last released.
Over 200 pounds of papaya, mango, guava, and pineapple are used to create Wicked Weed Genesis, which is aged in white wine barrels 6-12 months.
In the first days, everything was black, barren, void of meaning. Life hid in the shadows and was kept at bay by nothingness. In the world’s stillest moment, a thunderous crack divided the skies. From the parched rock, water burgeoned forth, spilled over the black mountains and the Spirit Iyapa’s presence was imparted. What began as a whisper turned to a roar of life. Cell by cell, plant by plant, a vibrant world emerged.
Wicked Weed Genesis is a 500 milliliter bottle release. Available at both brewery locations, with limited distribution to follow.
Image: Wicked Weed Brewing
This 11.3% fruited beast is Hi-Wire Tropical Fruit Golden Strong Ale. It ships mid-December, 2015.
Jonathan Parks, Hi-Wire’s specialty head brewer grew up in Miami, where mangos and papayas out number the people in the city. (Completely made up fact, btw)
“I love bright tropical fruit flavors,” said Parks. “I grew up in Miami where mangos and papayas grow everywhere. When I smell this beer, it reminds me of home.”
Hi-Wire Tropical Fruit Golden Strong Ale is ready to drink now but the does mention proper cellaring will smooth the edges of this beer. Available in 22 ounce bottles mid month.
Beer Street Journal tasting notes: This beer maybe be 11.3% alcohol by volume, but it drinks like a 6% beer. Mango and papaya is subtle, but a nice touch to the finish. Pre-game hard with this one.
Beer celebrity and Dogfish Head founder Sam Calagione recently traveled to Hawaii (that must have sucked) to collaborate with Maui Brewing Co. The result? Liquid Breadfruit. Brewed with toasted papaya seeds, and breadfruit. Breadfruit comes from a flowering tree in the mulberry family, so named for the texture of the cooked fruit. The flavor is a bit like potatoes. It’s considered a staple fruit in tropical regions. The yeast was found in a peach farm near Dogfish Head in the first state. DFH went all scientific on it, and regrew it.
There is actually a good bit of dialogue on the back of the can between Maui’s Garrett Marrero and Sam. Some highlights – “Millions of Delaware natives lusting fro tropic climes cannot be wrong” – Sam. “Breadfruit has been a staple crop f0r 3000 years” – Garrett. And the best –
” I love to cook and toasted papaya seed seemed like another great spice to balance the breadfruit and compliment the tropical flavors of calypso hops and the flavors lent by the philandering Delawareans. It was no small task to harvest all these seeds by hand… but it beats chewing purple corn for weeks on end….” – Garrret
note: The label most assuredly will be in color!