Hazy IPA

Seeking out some haze? pFriem Hazy IPA has tropical aromas of clementine, peach, strawberry, mango, and papaya, and juicy notes of grapefruit, white grape, and whipped citrus. Creamsicle meringue rests atop a mysterious body of grilled mango and haze. If you’re looking for haze, you’re in the right place. Clearly!

ABV 7.9%

IBU 35

FLAVOR PROFILE

Clementine, Tropical, Fluffy

AVAILABILITY

Limited

INGREDIENTS

MALT

Gambrinus Pilsner, Rahr Pale Malt, Rahr raw wheat, Grain Millers Flaked Oats

HOPS

Mosaic, Citra, El Dorado, Denali

YEAST

London Ale

History

By the 1790’s the British were established in India and needed beer, which was considered a staple in every household. India, however, presented serious problems for brewers. Hot temperatures, poor water and short supplies of basic ingredients made it impossible to brew beer. Attempts to ship beer out of Britain to Calcutta failed. George Hodgson of London produced a pale ale of greater strength and bitterness than those he sold in London. The hops helped protect the beer from spoilage, as did the increased alcohol content. Hodgson’s India Ale arrived in Calcutta in fine shape-clear, strong, and bitter, with a big, resinous hop aroma. The word spread of India Pale Ale and people throughout England and the United States were clamoring for this wonderful new beer. The rage lasted through 1970’s, but lost steam in the 1980’s and became just another name for low alcohol bitters. 

As craft beer has emerged and grown, so has IPA! IPA has helped grow Craft Beer to what it is currently today. There are now many shapes and forms of IPA, but they all share bright aromatic hop aroma of citrus, tropical fruit, and pine. Hop flavor coats the tongue and these beers finish with an assertive, but balanced bitterness.

pFriem Hazy IPA is inspired by the New England/Vermont brewed “Hazy IPA’s” or “Juicy IPA’s”. These beers are very hop-forward, tropical, round, and of course - juicy. In traveling to the East Coast and trying these beers, we found these hop-forward ales can be thick and turbid while others display a moderate haze. In pFriem’s Hazy IPA, we focused on the big tropical/juicy hop flavors balanced by a full body and a moderate amount of haze. The haze in these beers can be caused by many things: adjuncts, un-finished beers, adding flour, leaving lots of hop solids and particulates in the beer, heavy loads of yeast, etc. We choose to focus on the adjuncts, in particular, raw wheat and oats. We took inspiration from the classic German Hefeweizen, which strikes a beautiful balance of roundness from the wheat, flavor from the yeast, and a delightful haze that is not turbid or cloying. The result is a hazy, tropical, round, juicy, intriguing, but drinkable beer.

Tasting Notes

A creamsicle meringue rests atop a mysterious body of grilled mango and haze. Tropical aromas of clementine, peach, strawberry, mango, and papaya leap from the glass. Juicy flavors of grapefruit, white grape and whipped citrus dance across the palate. Balanced citrus rind bitterness gives way to a pillowy warmth.

Food Pairings

Rich and hearty burgers, French fries and complex pizzas. Aged cheddar cheese, aged meats, and pickled vegetables. Indian cuisine that is spice forward and balanced by yogurt and cream based sauces.