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Ike & Oak Brewing Co.

Ike & Oak Brewing Co.
Mt. Massive Imperial New England Hazy IPA

Category: Imperial New England (Hazy) IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 8.1%
93 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional

Ike & Oak Brewing Co.
Mt. Massive Imperial New England Hazy IPA

Category: Imperial New England (Hazy) IPA

Date Tasted:
Country: USA
Alcohol: 8.1%
Golden ambercloudy pickled brown ginger color. Aromas and flavors of orange, pickled ginger, pineapple, and grapefruit and lemon with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, dryish medium body and an interesting, medium-length finish that shows notes of red grapefruit and orange, old ginger, flowers, and lemon pepper. The juiciness is deliciously off the charts with this one; it’s like fresh pressed grapefruit and orange juice.

Tasting Info

Beer Glass Style: Spicy & Complex
Aroma Aroma: orange, pickled ginger, pineapple, and grapefruit and lemon
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with notes of red grapefruit and orange, old ginger, flowers, and lemon pepper
Bitterness Bitterness: Extreme
Enjoy Enjoy: on its own
Recipes Pairing: Tacos, Ribs, Stilton
Bottom Line Bottom Line: The juiciness is deliciously off the charts with this one; it's like fresh pressed grapefruit and orange juice.

The Producer

Ike & Oak Brewing Co

The Producer
6315 Main St.,
Woodridge, IL 60517
USA

Imperial New England Hazy IPA

Imperial New England (Hazy) IPAs, or double IPAs, are deep gold to deep amber in color, cloudy in appearance, and range in alcohol from 7.5-10%. These beers are medium-to-full bodied and are distinguished by prominent juicy, fruity, and floral American hop aromas and flavors while lacking the traditional abrasive, lingering hop bitterness of Imperial IPAs. These intense hop characteristics should be balanced by a rich malt backbone. Depending on the varieties of hops used, and the terpene influence in dry hopping, a wide range of flavors including melon, pineapple, mangom and other tropical fruits, as well as tart citrus, pepper and earthy, pine-like flavors and aromas may be encountered. They differ from other IPA styles in their unfiltered haze that can be attributed to dry-hopping, the use of high-protein grains, certain yeasts, and other brewer choices. These ales represent a challenge to brewers in terms of balance and drinkability, but have exploded in popularity in recent years with many craft breweries producing a version of the style. Starting with the recognized creator of the style, noteworthy examples of this style include: The Alchemist Heady Topper, Treehouse King Julius, Trillium Congress Street, Hill Farmstead Double Citra, and Toppling Goliath King Sue.