Some people think their cucumbers taste better pickled. Some people think that their suntan lotion tastes exactly like coconuts. And, better yet, most people can agree that cheap beer tastes like buttered popcorn.
Most people have their preferences and that’s fine, it really is, don’t go judging people or anything. Since we’re in the final countdown (THE FINAL COUNTDOWN! – the song) of IPAugust I figured today would be a great time to discuss the different kinds of “IPA” that we have on tap right now or those that are coming on soon.
Why did I just put “IPA” inside of rabbit ears? Mostly because these beers that I’m about to discuss really push the envelope of what an IPA can be and then step completely over that shark and move on to other things like toasted bread and those pickles that you like so much better than cucumbers.
I’m a little pressed for time (as I’m sure you are as well) so I’m just going to get right into it and let you know a little bit more about each beer rather than trying to be all funny and stuff before hand and just go for the “detailed” approach that I mostly do when I write the staff and let them know about the beers. Trust me, I’m much less funny when I email the staff to discuss the beers but I definitely curse more (I’ll continue to spare you the potty mouth that I learned on the playgrounds where I spent most of my days).
Here we go:
Ahem. [Clears throat]
Evil Twin Femme Fatale Yuzu: Yuzu is a fruit of East Asian origin and is basically a citrus fruit that’s kind of like a sour mandarin (which is different than a sour mandolin – which I imagine is a mandolin that hasn’t been played in a while). The use of citrus fruits in IPAs is rather common since the whole of humanity now looks for the citrusy aspects of what the “newer” hops can provide in a beer. BUT, Evil Twin added a whole other dimension to this IPA by fermenting it with 100% Brettanomyces, which is a wild yeast. “Brett” adds a whole lot of tartness and funkiness to the beer already so adding a kind of sour mandarin will add to that. Someone inside of all of this lies a bunch of hops. You need to try it to check it out.
Lawson’s Finest Super Session #3 – Sorachi Ace: we don’t have much so this one is going to go real quick. Sorachi Ace is a hop that imparts a lot of lemon characteristics to the beer. Well; that and dill. A “session” IPA (which you’re all aware of by now) is a lower in alcohol yet still very hoppy beer. Mr. Lawson does these VERY well and you’d be hard pressed to find a better one.
Founders Dissenter: Ok. This takes the whole Double IPA thing (higher in alcohol and hoppier than a straight IPA) and instead of fermenting it with an Ale yeast (“fruity” (I loathe that description of Ale yeast – but there is no other way to describe it) and has a fuller body) they ferment it with a Lager yeast. What that does, generally, is make the beer more crisp and “lighter” in body. But, with this being a Double India Pale LAGER I’m sure there’s going to be more rounded hop profile while keeping that crispness and all that jazz.
Hill Farmstead Friendship & Devotion: This is collaboration between the Hill crew and Luc Bim Lafontaine; they’re good friends. What they came up with is a citrusy and salty (you read that correctly) IPA. We’re all used to the citrusy IPAs that have been coming down from the Hill in recent years and this one pushes that style by the addition of salt. Spark notes: tart, refreshing, citrusy, awesome sauce in a glass.
We have others but it’s probably good to just mention those and drop the mike.
I’m glad I made it through this memorandum to you without quoting the song that has been stuck in my head all morning. Otherwise you’d have this song about a speck on a flea on the tail of a frog on a log on the bottom of the sea.
Good thing that didn’t happen, right?
Cheers y’all and be good to each other,
There’s a frog, there’s a frog, there’s a frog, there’s a frog, there’s a frog on the bottom of the Taproom.