The “NE IPA” is now an Official Style

– 3 Truly Amazing NE IPA's to Try –

Craft Beer is always evolving, and it’s been amazing from our perspective here in Minnesota to be a major part of growing it.

Last week, 3 great Minnesota Breweries made the nation’s top 50 list of craft breweries (by volume).

This week, I’m reading about all the new beer styles in the 2018 Brewers Association Beer Style Guidelines.

I guess it’s not a fad anymore. It’s official! “Juicy or Hazy Pale Ale,” “Juicy or Hazy IPA” and “Juicy or Hazy Double IPA.” These styles represent what some beer geeks and brewers popularly refer to as New England IPAs or Hazy IPAs.

If you’re interested in learning more about (and trying one) this great style of beer here are some we’d recommend:

#1 = BLISSFUL IGNORANCE DOUBLE IPA

LUPULIN BREWERY, BIG LAKE MN

lupulin brewing hooey IPA
Cred: @BeerPloma

 

This is by far my favorite in a line-up of very high-quality beers some MN Breweries are putting together.

Lupulin Brewery is a hop-forward brewery. They use a dry-hopping technique and pure lupulin powder, leaving the beer unfiltered to achieve

“The Blissful Ignorance is the 1st true NE IPA brewed in Minnesota.” – Jeff Z. Owner.

 

THRIFTY TIP = COMP PINT.

Try the Blissful Ignorance* or the Hooey NE Style IPA gratis with the Craft Notes Passport.

*Note: The Blissful is a DOUBLE IPA, and clocks a whopping 9% ABV, so if you want something a little lighter, I’d try the Hooey (which is almost as good and only 6.2%)


#2 = DREAMYARD NE IPA

MODIST BREWING, MINNEAPOLIS NORTH LOOP

 

Modist Brewing Dream Yard IPA
Cred: @ModistBrewing

 

A close 2nd in my book is the Modist Dream Yard. Their version of the new NE IPA style clocks in at 7.2% ABV. It’s a touch fruity and sweeter, but also smoother than the Lupulin Blissful.

Actually, it’s really easy drinking despite the huge amount of hops and at 7.2% it’s almost dangerously smooth, so enjoy!


#3 = TERROR BEAR

INSIGHT BREWING, MINNEAPOLIS

Insight Brewing NE IPA Terror Beat
Cred: @CatsonTap

 

The Terror Bear is also 1 of my favorite NE Style IPA’s made in Minnesota.  It’s got a little more tropical hoppy bitterness than the other 2, but is just as smooth and easy drinking.

Just like the others, it’s a stiff 7.5% so it’s sure to make happy hour a doozy. The only real bummer is it’s a seasonal, so you’ll have to be on the look out and make sure to try it this fall.

THRIFTY TIP = COMP PINT.

Cross the Terror Bear off your list or try the new Splendid Moose at Insight’s Taproom with the Craft Notes Passport.

 

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‘Juicy or Hazy’ Ales Debut in BA Beer Style Guide, Representing New England IPAs