Last week, Atlanta’s New Realm Brewing unveiled Rice Cold IPA, a new beer in collaboration with San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewing.
Like Black Friday deals, the limited edition mash-up of a Mexican lager and an American IPA won’t be around long.
But it’s an easy-drinking beer, ideal for post Thanksgiving sipping with both your Bud-loving uncle and your Trop-loving bro-in-law. And that’s why it’s this week’s Beer Pick.
Rice Cold IPA
New Realm Brewing, Atlanta
Available for a limited time around metro Atlanta in 12-ounce six-pack cans and on draft
Shaun O’Sullivan, the co-founder and brewmaster of San Francisco’s 21st Amendment Brewery, recently visited his old friend, Mitch Steele, the cofounder and brewmaster of Atlanta’s New Realm Brewing. The result was a cool collaboration that produced a lager/IPA hybrid that’s easy to drink but packs plenty of flavor.
Rice Cold IPA was brewed with American pilsner malt, a “hop salad” focused on Cashmere hops, with Galaxy and high oil Cascade hops tossed in. It was fermented with Mexican lager yeast, and finished a 6.8% alcohol. Though not super hoppy, you’ll find a range of tropical fruit, herbal and piney notes, with a soft mouthfeel, and a touch of spice in the crisp finish.
Rice Cold IPA is a beer that begs for pairing with pub grub and Mexican food. Drink it with a burger and fries, fish and chips, or guacamole and chips, tacos, burritos and nachos.
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