These Are the ‘Haze of Our Lives’ – A Hazy IPA from Hop Haus
Celebrate Madison Craft Beer Week 2018 the Hop Haus Way
Every once in a while an opportunity comes along that just can’t be refused. And we’re not talking about some Don Carleone-style “offer” (we never talk about those “opportunities”). This particular offer involved something a little less nefarious: create a limited-edition beer as part of the 2018 Madison Craft Beer Week celebration. This raised our collective eyebrows. Sweetening the deal was finding out that this brew would be made available exclusively at one of Madison’s finest establishments, The Old Fashioned. Now this was an offer that we couldn’t refuse.
Hop Haus is excited to introduce ‘Haze of Our Lives IPA’. This is our first hazy IPA offering and we can’t think of a better place to have it featured than at The Old Fashioned. Hopped with Amarillo, Mosaic, El Dorado and Citra hops, ‘Haze of Our Lives’ hits all the notes hopheads appreciate, but with a more fruit-forward taste and aroma. This limited-edition gem won’t be around forever, so be sure to get down to The Old Fashioned during Madison Craft Beer Week, cozy up to the bar, order some cheese curds, and ask for a pint of ‘Haze of Our Lives IPA’.
What’s A Hazy IPA?
If you’re not familiar with hazy IPAs, you may be wondering what they are and how they differ from other IPAs. You’re not alone, so let’s take a close look at this style of beer.
Until recently, hazy IPAs (sometimes called New England IPAs) were hard to find. Today it’s hard to find a craft brewery that does not have at least one hazy IPA in its lineup. Even some of the bigger craft breweries, such as Sierra Nevada and New Belgium, have caught on to this trend and released their own hazy IPAs.
With hazy IPAs being all the rage, let’s look at what sets them apart from “traditional” IPAs.
- Grain: Hazy IPAs are made with a high proportion of oats and wheat, lending to its hazy appearance and thicker mouthfeel (versus a mix of pale and caramel malt in other IPAs).
- Yeast: English ale yeasts stay in suspension longer, contributing to the hazy appearance and also provide more fruity, juicy flavors (opposed to the neutral ale yeasts typical in other IPAs).
- Hop schedule: Brewers tend to use fruit forward hops like Mosaic, Citra, Galaxy, El Dorado in hazy IPAs (versus the bitter pine flavors found in Simcoe, Columbus, Centennial varieties).
So there you have it – everything you need to know about hazy IPAs. Until next time…