While some professional brewers have gone on record as outspoken critics of the New England–style IPA, others have embraced it wholeheartedly—excited by the intense fruit flavors and lower bitterness that it affords. We asked a few brewers who were sympathetic to the style to share some of their favorites.
Cofounder, Odd13 in Lafayette, Colorado
I think there are some great New England–style IPAs being made in Colorado and elsewhere outside of that region, but my all-time favorite is from New England: Green from Tree House Brewing. I visited there after last year’s Craft Brewers Conference and came away with several cans of it. The thick mouthfeel and Galaxy hops character make the beer seem incredibly juicy.
Cofounder, Salty Nut Brewery in Huntsville, Alabama
Getting fresh beer from Trillium Brewing is always a treat in the South. They’ve recently transitioned the packaging of all their hops-forward beers to 16 oz cans, so the last time I was in Boston, I grabbed a few cans of everything they had. Their whole lineup is fantastic, but the Double Dry Hopped Summer Street IPA was my favorite. It’s got all of the tropical juiciness that I expect from a New England IPA but also with a little sticky pine character.
Head Brewer, Toolbox Brewing in San Diego, California
Tired Hands Alien Church. The oats lend a very silky smooth mouthfeel that is complemented by a blend of Mosaic, Citra, and classic Old School C hops (Centennial, Chinook, Columbus) character. Old School meets New School with a twist! Perfect out of a can.
Production Manager, Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company in Croydon, Pennsylvania
Tree House’s Very Hazy is one that stands out for me. It’s a bigger version of Haze with an 8.5/6ish, I believe, ABV that you don’t notice in the beer, which can turn out to be pretty dangerous. It has this crazy “creamy” mouthfeel with tons of grapefruit and peach notes and some guava/mango/pineapple notes. It’s the most complex one I have found. Every time I get my hands on one, I seem to find something new about it that I like, even though it’s not my most loved style.
Owner, Casey Brewing and Blending in Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Odd13’s Codename: Superfan is a treat to have whenever we can find it up here in Glenwood. I love the refreshingly low bitterness but massive amount of hops aroma.