I am not sure what to call this beer. The style guidelines haven’t been adjusted for this type of beer. Mike was asked to brew a juicy hop bomb for his brother-in-law. The guy wanted all the fruity, hoppy flavors along with the haze of an NEIPA but with an alcohol by volume (ABV) of less than 5%. Is this a session IPA? An American Pale Ale (APA)? Is it something that shouldn’t be named? No matter – watch this video to learn about this beer that Mike brewed.
Mike brewed this beer using many great NEIPA varieties:
All these hops were added late in the brewing process. The resulting flavor was fruity but had a strong citrus note as well. We were picking up some piney notes too, which we think came from the Simcoe hops.
Mike is happy with this beer but he is going to adjust the recipe a bit for the final delivery to his brother-in-law.
The real goal of this beer was to get as much hop punch into this beer without the larger grain bill that would boost the alcohol. Mike succeeded with flying colors on that aspect of this brew.
What do you think? Do all NEIPAs have to be over 8% ABV or what?
Let us know in the comments below – BREW ON!