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 Thing. Heavy 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.
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