Inspiration can come in many forms. Sometimes it is an idea to create something totally new that no one has ever experienced before. Or maybe it comes from taking something that is familiar to everyone but portraying it in a way that hasn’t been tried before. For this beer, the inspiration came by combining a bit of both!
As a brewery that uses Belgian yeast in many of our beers, the Belgian IPA style is one that is very familiar to us. Our year-round Ichii Senshin, for example, is a bit of old-world Belgian meets West Coast IPA, while our limited release Mariko is heavily influenced by modern American IPAs. In either case, however, the Belgian yeast character is prominent and very obviously different from its American counterparts. This got us thinking to see what would happen if we not only incorporated aspects of American IPA into a Belgian interpretation of the style, but actually aimed to make something that is a true hybrid of the characteristics of both.
The result is something quite unique and different than any Belgian IPAs we have made before. The malt recipe is one that would be very at home in the United States, especially in the early days of the craft beer revolution. A bit of Munich malt and lightly roasted crystal malt provide a lovely orange hue and just enough sweetness to balance the heavy hop load. This sweet character accentuates the fruity side of Belgian yeast and creates a nuance of ripe fruit and spice-infused honey. The hop selection is 100% American, but utilizes varieties that have a decidedly unique and somewhat odd fruit character. Denali has a unique combination of spicy pine and pineapple citrus, while Loral has a subtle floral and herbal focused citrus component. HBC 344, and experimental hop we are quite fond of here at Kyoto Brewing Co., takes center stage, though, and brings notes of green apple and over ripe fruit.
All of this combines to make an IPA unlike any we have created before. Not quite Belgian, not quite American, truly a hybrid!
Naming: Tying together American and Belgian style IPAs, this new hybrid shows nuances of both while creating something neither could alone. It is only through the contribution of both that this beer obtains the citrusy hop character melded to the sweet and soft flavor contribution from the malt.
- Hybrid IPA
- Malt Bill:
- 2-Row, Pilsner, Munich, Crystal T50
- Bittering - Columbus
- Flavour/Aroma - Loral, HBC 344, Denali
- American Ale/Belgian Ale
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