IPA Hop-ology tasting recap hosted by Pintley
As part of Boston Beer Week 2012, Pintley and Sam Adams teamed up last night to host a IPA Hop-ology tasting at the Sam Adams Brewery in Boston. The IPA Hop-ology is a new sampler 12 pack, created by the masterminds at the Boston Beer Company.
Why are they masterminds? Well, this new 12 pack offering includes 6 of their new, small batch IPAs. Each one different in their own way, packing a strong hop punch.
Still, why are they masterminds? Well, it’s the season to splash a new product offering into the market -like beer in cans or spring/summer beers. And Sam Adams is releasing a hop wallop of an IPA punch!
Also, with all of the new breweries opening up, sometimes it is hard for the big guys to remain fresh and cool. Now, here comes the new IPA Hop-ology pack, putting Sam Adams back in the front of the pack. Bring on the heat and chill off with an IPA
Why IPAs? Why now?
Some may think that IPAs were a fad, but Sam Adams thinks differently. With the increasing popularity of craft brew, more and more beer drinkers are discovering IPAs. As a huge IPA fan, like many others, find that most IPA drinkers are very passionate about craft brew and hops — wanting more and more hops. I believe that there is a beer in this pack that every IPA fan will enjoy.
Here they are, check them out for yourself!
- Third Voyage (Double IPA, 8.0% ABV, 85 IBUs): Bright and intense with a vivid hop punch, this brew was inspired by Captain James Cook whose treacherous third voyage took him from England to New Zealand to the Pacific Northwest.
- Dark Depths (Baltic IPA, 7.6% ABV, 60 IBUs): Immersed in dark, roasted malts and a bold citrus hop character, these big and contrasting flavors are brought together with the smoothness of a lager.
- Tasman Red (Red IPA, 6.75% ABV, 60 IBUs): Rounded and smooth with a dry hop finish, this wily brew’s grapefruit, pine, and earthy notes come from its Tasmanian hops. The hops are balanced by a smooth roastiness with hints of toffee to create a full and rich body.
- Grumpy Monk (Belgian IPA, 5.7% ABV, 55 IBUs): Inspired by the Belgian ales brewed by monks, they took the spicy clove and fruit flavors of a Belgian yeast and combined them with the brazen, piney and citrusy hop character of an IPA.
- Latitude 48 (IPA, 6.0% ABV, 60 IBUs): A blend of five different hops, Hallertau Mittelfrueh, East Kent Goldings, Ahtanum™, Simcoe® and Zeus, from regions all falling within the 48th latitude line.
- Whitewater IPA (Belgian White IPA, 5.8% ABV, 60 IBUs): A fusion of two beer styles, this brew combines the crisp white wheat, sweet citrus, and spicy coriander of a Belgian-style white ale with the big hoppiness and grapefruit notes of an IPA. I think it makes a nice introductory IPA.
Here are some pictures from the event: