The latest in IPA brewing technique allows the release of tropical character[Character]The aim of this IPA is to showcase lots of grapefruit and tropical character, and the dry enough finish makes it easy to drink pint after pint.[Food Pairing]Orange and walnut carrot rapees, roasted chicken thighs with rosemary, barracuda with citrus and myoga[Naming]There was once a time when making beer was simply a matter of attention to detail, technique, a solid recipe, and ensuring that the brewery was spick and span. The more we understand the chemistry, and the impact of enzymes, and the behaviour of yeast, the more complex it gets. It turns out there are chemical compounds that exist just waiting to get unlocked by special enzymes-releasing yeast, that in turn release thiols!
Who knew that these fruity thiols could take fruity characters to yet another level? Here's to liberation![Brewer's Voice]Focusing on the additional impact of thiol conversion, we decided to focus on hops that would bring about a grapefruit character.
We added hops prior to the boil, which is atypical, and during the boil we considered the timing of additions carefully to try to extract the optimum aroma from each hop. We were quite taken aback by the intense and complex grapefruit and passionfruit characters created during fermentation.
On the cold side, we went for Vic Secret, Cascade, and Motueka to maximise the impact, with some juiciness added to the white and pink grapefruit notes.StyleThiolized IPASeries6 InnovatorsABV7.5%IBU72.6Gas Volume2.4MaltPilsnerHopSimcoe,Cascade,Motueka,Citra,Vic Secret,ColumbusYeastAmerican YeastCategoryBeerJAN4589718741406Best Before2024/02/06