Sunday New England-Style IPA
6.3% ABV, 71 IBU
Style: New England-Style IPA
Malts: 2-Row, Finest Golden Promise, Flaked Oats, White Wheat, Carafoam
Hops: Chinook, Galaxy, Mosaic, Simcoe, Citra
Yeast: East Coast IPA (INIS-008)
Brewer: Ben Valdez
This hazy IPA is big on fruity, juicy hop characteristics and, unlike other New England-style IPAs, a little West Coast kick from the Chinook hops.
In the words of the brewer:
“I have been brewing for 23 years starting from when I lived in Tacoma, Washington. I brewied extract recipes in the backyard with friends when craft beer was just starting to kick off. I was huge fan of Full Sail, Deschutes, and Hales to name just a few. Then my military career took me to England where a whole other world was opened up to me.
All-grain brewing, IPAs that weren’t super hoppy, and cask-conditioned ales by the hundreds! Greene King was everywhere but it was Nethergate that gave me direction and a love for Golden Promise base malt that has never left me. From England, I was off to Japan where Japanese craft changed my taste yet again. Shiga Kogen and Minoh were the most influential along with Ison from I’s Ale house; he taught me that aging beer was the secret to making the great ones better and that mussels cooked in Gueze from Cantillion will forever change your palate. Then after a few more stops along my Air Force career it was back to Colorado after retirement and beer, glorious beer! My taste changes regularly and I truly love sours but a great IPA will always be tops.
I have brewed this recipe in many variations over the years and ever knew it was actually a style until the New England IPA craze was born. I find it to be a rather over-the-top hop bomb that is balance out with a strong malt bill and just dry enough to make another sip a must.”