Where does the word Brewsky come from?
The name comes - as you can easily guess - from the US east coast. Sometimes other terms are used instead of NEIPA or New England IPA, such as Vermont IPA, Hazy IPA or East Coast IPA.
Actually, it is also still controversial whether it is even an independent beer style or sub-IPA beer style.
At least poured in the glass, a NEIPA differs optically from classic India Pale Ales. It is much more cloudy than a "normal" IPA. With its clear cloudiness, it is initially reminiscent of a classic white yeast beer. The cloudiness consists primarily of yeast and partly also of proteins and malt residues / turbidity that have not been filtered out. By deliberately avoiding clarification (by filtering, centrifuging, etc.), this cloudiness is consciously accepted or, in the case of NEIPA, is typical of the style.
In terms of taste, NEIPAS are characterized by the fact that they taste significantly more “fruity” and generally also lighter than classic American IPAs or West Coast IPAs. With New England IPA, the hops are usually given very late, shortly before the end of boiling, with the effect that more essential oils and fewer bitters remain in the beer. The selection of hops naturally also plays a major role in this type of beer.
NEIPAS are of course also stuffed with hops - but they are emphatically "gentler" than their colleagues from the US west coast. In contrast to the West Coast variants of the IPAs, the softwood / spruce / pine aromas are more or less completely absent. The special cloudiness and the creamy mouthfeel is also achieved by adding (oat / barley / wheat flakes). And last but not least, some NEIPA's are also "pimped" in the tropical fruity direction by adding fruit / syrup / juice.
The ancestor / the role model for all New England IPAs is the "Headdy Topper" from The Alchemist from Vermont. A beer classic den man once had a "must" drink. Although we don't want to hide it: Unfortunately, the beer is very difficult to get. The same goes for the fantastic beers from the Tree House and Trillium breweries (both also from New England, more precisely from Massachusetts).
According to Hop heroes.de is the first NE IPA representative from Germany, the "A quick one while she's away" from Fürst Wiacek. The beer was brewed at the Camba Old Factory (now: Mrs. Gruber & Friends) in Gundelfingen. So this beer also has Bavarian roots. You can find more about this beer here. In the meantime, some well-known German craft brewers such as Sudden Death, Frau Gruber or BrewHeart have added their own NEIPA's. Ms. Gruber's beers in particular ("Thirsty Demons", "Hounds of Hell", "Butchers Lamb" or "Cannibal King") are particularly convincing and also stand up in direct comparison with their American models. That is why the Frau Gruber Hounds of Hell has also become the Biervana Beer of the Year 2017.
Our recommendations for a NEIPA from the current Biervana range are:
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