Continuing our Contrast series of hops expressed in the form of juicey New England IPA vs more bitter, drier West Coast IPAs. The hop selection for this version is more typical of a NEIPA. A dry hopping of Cashmere, Citra and a touch of Bru-1 set the scene for a tropical fruit party. The Cashmere and Bru-1 interplay to push out big pineapple, melon and coconut notes with the Citra providing a hefty dose of peach and a slight zingy citrus. This is set over a grist of extra pale ale, malted wheat and a heavy dose of flaked oats contributing the smooth, silky mouthfeel with a medium, high sweetness.
The West Coast IPA version, Green Couch is in many ways a very modern IPA. The same hop bill as Red Couch of Cashmere, Citra and Bru-1 dispalys plenty of accented tropical fruit and melon notes but the citrus aspect of the hop bill is amped up when in West Coast form. We have upped the bitterness from our recent West Coast IPAs on this one and combined with a slightly drier finish, we feel drinkability and overall hop sensation has been enhanced a as a result. The same sleek malt base as Left which has the tiniest touch of the lightest of caramel malts give a kiss of sweetness that enahnces those resinous qualities we love in this type of IPA.
2 x 440ml 6,6%