The NEIPA, or New England IPA, style is fairly new to the American craft beer scene. This is a hazy, hop forward style with a light body and ample use of fruity, tropical hops like Citra, Mosaic, and Galaxy. The original NEIPAs got their haze from the sheer volume of hops used during dry hop, but most brewers today use hazy malts like wheat, flaked oats, and flaked barley, to create the hazy protein structure which does a good job of capturing hop oils and holding them in suspension.
Our Future IPA is comprised of 67% 2-Row malt, 13% Flaked Oat, 13% Carapils, and 7% Vienna. The 2-Row brings the fermentable sugar, the Flaked Oats add a considerable degree of haze. The Carapils provides non-fermentable sugar for a sweet finish, and the Vienna adds a bready depth to the grain bill.
- ABV: 6.3%
- IBU: 45
- SRM: 5.1
There are no boil addition hops in the Future IPA, all of the hops are yeast pitch (krausen hops) and dry hop additions. This can be confusing to many people who are trying to calculate IBUs as all IBU calculations require a “boil time” variable, however that doesn’t mean this beer isn’t bitter! Excessive dry hop additions do contribute heavily to the overall bitterness, which we've measured in a lab to be 45 IBUs.
An equal amount of Citra, Mosaic, and El Dorado hops are added both during the yeast pitch as well as during the dry hop phase. This provides a considerable amount of biotransformation of the hop oils by the yeast as well as fragrance addition due to the dry hops. The result is an amazingly robust tropical hop character featuring melon, passion fruit, pineapple, and citrus.
The beer is fermented with a clean fermenting English strain that is great at highlighting hops. It finishes fast and drops out quickly allowing you to enjoy this beer quickly while the hops are fresh. Grain to glass time is 10 days. As soon as this beer is carbonated, it can be enjoyed!