There’s no need to fear those “Winter Storm Warning” interruptions on your TV. This announcement is one you don’t want to miss.
We spent “Frigid February” in North Texas brewing two collaborations with our friends at Cowtown Brewing. Both were Cold IPAs, but we put our own spin on each version.
Cold IPA is a new beer style introduced by Wayfinder in Oregon. While you can draw comparisons, it is neither a India Pale Lager or a Dry-Hopped Lager. It has its own flair.
The primary characteristic of a Cold IPA is that is brewed with a lager yeast, typically at a higher temperature than that yeast expects. The results are magical. They have that “crispy boi” clean finish while still bursting with hop character.
In our collaborations with Cowtown Brewing in Fort Worth, we each used the same base recipe – light and ready to get crispy, and we both used Centennial hops to give the beer that pine and citrus base. Where we differed was the dry hop and the yeast.
On-site at Cowtown, we brewed Winter Storm Warning (Fort Worth) with experimental hop HBC 586 and fermented it with a clean lager yeast a few degrees avove it’s normal lager temperature. Mango, guava, lychee, and citrus are pouring out of this beer with very low bitterness and a clean, crispy finish. Cowtown will be releasing this one today (March 18) at 11 AM!
We brewed Winter Storm Warning (Dallas) here at On Rotation a few days later with a different experimental hop, HBC 522, and a lager yeast specifically designed to accentuate the hops. HBC 522, thus far in its use, is known for bitter citrus, juicy grapefruit, floral, and pine needle aromas and flavors.
After the dry hop, we have to say the grapefruit and pine are both shining through in this light, crispy beer. It’s clean and crushable with a present but not overpowering bitterness. And that tropical note backed by a piney, resinous aroma and bitterness is as magical as pulling a rabit out of a hat.
If you haven’t tried yourself a Cold IPA yet, now’s your chance. We think one of these two is going to be your new favorite. Get out to try them both this weekend!