IPAs are off to another strong start in 2018, as a number of top brewers have released fresh takes on the popular style. The new offerings are a mixture of short-supply seasonal beers and permanent line extensions, with most emphasizing experimental or American hop varieties.
New Belgium Juicy Haze IPA
New Belgium Brewing has entered the hazy IPA market with Voodoo Ranger Juicy Haze IPA. The 7.5%-abv unfiltered IPA is made with Citra, Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Nugget hops, and is fermented with American Hefeweizen yeast. Juicy Haze IPA is the fourth permanent addition to the Voodoo Ranger lineup and is now available nationwide on draft and in six-packs of 12-ounce bottles. In March, the new entry will be available in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. For more information, visit Newbelgium.com.
Alaskan Brewing Co. Spruce IPA
Alaskan Brewing Co. has revamped its seasonal lineup for 2018. Debuting this month is Spruce IPA—brewed with newly budded springtime Sitka spruce tips—which will be available through April throughout the brewery’s 20-state distribution footprint. The beer’s label features a snowy owl, an iconic symbol of Alaska’s cold winter and early spring months. For more information on Spruce IPA and the two other seasonals eventually joining Alaskan Brewing Co.’s lineup, visit Alaskanbeer.com.
Summit Brewing 2018 IPA Collection
St. Paul, Minnesota-based Summit Brewing Co. has launched its 2018 IPA Collection. Summit’s popular 5.1% abv Sága IPA headlines the range, which also includes three new releases: Wee IPA, a sessionable 4.7% abv beer; Experimental Hop IPA, a 6% abv brew made with unique hops and a complex grain bill; and Imperial IPA, a West Coast–style offering and the strongest of the four beers at 8.5% abv. Packaged in a variety box of twelve 12-ounce cans, the 2018 IPA Collection is now available at Summit’s beer Hall and is set to hit retail shelves and limited draft lines by the end of the month. Additional information can be found at Summitbrewing.com.
Terrapin Beyond the Galaxy IPA
Athens, Georgia-based Terrapin Beer Co. has unveiled Beyond the Galaxy IPA, the first seasonal offering of the New Year. Brewed solely with Galaxy hops, the brew clocks in at 6.3% abv and includes 2-row and CaraPils malts, as well as malted wheat and flaked oats. Beyond the Galaxy has replaced Terrapin’s Mosaic IPA as the brewer’s first seasonal of the year. The Terrapin portfolio is distributed to 17 states plus Washington, D.C. Visit Terrapinbeer.com for additional information.
Rogue Straight Outta Newport DIPA
Oregon’s Rogue Ales & Spirits has launched Straight Outta Newport double IPA. An 8.7%-abv ale, the beer is brewed with Citra, Mosaic and Comet hops, and features a label with an image of Oregon’s Yaquina Bay Bridge, as well as the Rogue brewers who developed the recipe. Straight Outta Newport is available nationwide on draft and in four-packs of 16-ounce cans. Rogue.com has additional information.
Green Flash Remix IPA
This month, San Diego, California’s Green Flash Brewing Co. launched Remix IPA, a 6.2%-abv ale made with Cascade, Columbus and Summit hops. The beer is available nationally in six-packs of 12-ounce cans and single-serve 19.2-ounce cans. The brewery will also launch four limited-edition beers on draft nationwide later in the year, including Treasure Chest IPA (7% abv), a new fall seasonal. More information can be found at Greenflashbrew.com.