When we are travelling overseas for events or collaboration brews, we try to use the opportunity to do as much research as possible while we are there. Our recent trip to Portland for the "Fuji to Hood" collaboration festival gave us many insights, and one that we have been excited to try is a new method of hopping beers to increase the amount of hop flavour and aroma in the final product. The style we chose to incorporate this new technique was of course an IPA, but one with a decidedly soft malt character along the lines of our limited release Belgian IPA Mariko. Citra and Mosaic are featured in both the flavour and aroma, and the sharp citrus character of the Mosaic hops rides nicely on the soft background of malted wheat. While not intentional, the heavy hop load makes for a quite hazy appearance and an all around juicy, fruity flavour.
We hope you enjoy our latest hoppy creation and agree that the result has put our research to good use!
Naming: When making beers, we sometimes can’t help but see our creations as our own children. While we usually simply choose names that conjure an image relating to the character of the beer, we occasionally can’t resist giving a more personal name to the beer, just as we did with Mariko. This beer felt somewhat like a sister to Mariko and so we decided to follow a similar pattern.
As a word, one reading of “Minori” means to 'bear fruit', a concept in Japanese that can be also be conceptualised as personal growth, and the fruition of something worked hard towards achieving. Minori as an idea was born on our travels to Portland and we felt; therefore, that this was a name well suited to this beer, the culmination of our research, who we now look forward to introducing to the world.
Hopefully you can raise a glass with us as we wet the baby’s head. To Minori!
Style: American IPA
Yeast: American Ale
Gas Volumes: 2.4
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