Cold IPA

Cold IPA


Cold IPA / 7% ABV, 60 IBU, 4 SRM

Local Solstice Pale malt, Enigma hops, Motueka hops, Centennial hops, German Lager Yeast

The Cold IPA isn't exactly a revolutionary style, but it's somewhat of a unique combination of West Coast IPA, IPL, and Brut IPA. We started with a grain bill similar to an American Lager, with over 25% corn, then ramped it up to a higher ABV. The beer is aggressively hopped throughout the boil and then fermented with lager yeast, but at warm temperatures. After fermentation, another large addition of dry hops are added to bring out even more aroma. The light malt base and clean fermentation profile give the hops a blank slate to be expressed, and the resulting beer is crisp, dry, bitter, and wonderfully hoppy. Pairs well with spicy and rich foods.

This particular example uses Centennial, Motueka, and Enigma hops. This combination is bursting with hints of grapefruit peel and has background notes of resin, pine, lemon, and tropical fruit. Finishes dry with the hop character lingering on the pallet.

The first modern American craft beer IPA example is generally believed to be Anchor Liberty Ale, first brewed in 1975 and using whole Cascade hops. The American craft beer scene continues to push this style into many different subcategories, such as Black IPA, White IPA, NEIPA, Brut IPA, Cold IPA, and more.