Moreover, it’s notable for its mix of ingredients, which include an abundance of Citra hops combined with Cascade, Centennial, Simcoe and Nugget. Malts include wheat and oats. And most interesting of all, it’s fermented with American Hefeweizen yeast, giving it a spicy hint of clove.
In Atlanta, Scofflaw has grown by leaps and bounds in just over a year by featuring a portfolio of juicy beers. Its flagship Basement IPA is described as a “hop-forward, Northeast-style IPA with characteristic unfiltered haze.” And Hooligan is described as “a complex and satisfying unfiltered beer experience unlike any other.”
Even Atlanta’s oldest and most iconic IPA-centered brewery, SweetWater, got hazy-busy with its limited release Fresh Sticky Nugs. It’s a beer with a story that says, “ol’ MacDank blazed straight down to plow some primo Amarillo, Citra and Simcoe, harvesting the funkiest hop buds to cap off this succulent unfiltered 8 percent double IPA.”
Another, not-so-surprising response to the success of unfiltered IPAs that’s surfaced lately is the production of what could be called not too cloudy beers, such as Samuel Adams Rebel Juiced IPA. Its color is described as “golden, slightly veiled,” and its flavor, which includes the addition of mango juice, as “swirling with ripe aromas of mango and tropical fruits.”
Last year, Monday Night released Han Brolo, a very likable unfiltered pale ale that I described as "a beer for our times." Its hazy-juicy formula includes wheat malt and Simcoe, Mosaic and Mandarina Bavaria hops, and at 4.7 percent, it's both fairly low in alcohol and not especially bitter.
Second Self Beer Co. actually describes its brand-new Triforce as a “slightly hazy” IPA. And that’s not a bad thing in my mind. It’s brewed with a malt trio of oats, wheat and barley, and a hop trio of Mosaic, Amarillo and Cascade, resulting in a bright, bubbly pale IPA that’s both easy to drink and easy to pair with food.
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