Style of the Season
New England IPA
The latest craze in the beer world is the New England IPA. The style is an unfiltered IPA aggressively hopped in the brew kettle, and dry hopped with massive amounts of hops in the fermenter. Between all the hops, certain yeasts, high protein grains and other brewing aspects, the result is a big juicy, hazy chewy IPA. The emphasis is on hop flavors and aromas. Bitterness and malty flavors take a back seat here. The style has taken the craft brewing industry by storm. Everybody now has a NEIPA available, from the smallest local taproom to the big national breweries. These brews are best consumed as fresh possible, as with any hoppy brew. Over time the delicate hop aromas can fade away. The beer's haze can settle out; a fresh beer could be almost opaque, and an older beer may only be slightly hazy. NEIPAs are big beers with a creamy mouth feel that is softer and fuller than regular IPAs.The ABV is from 4% to over 7.5% covering session, standard and double IPAs. Try one at your local brewery; Sierra Nevada also makes a good example.