M-43 New England Style IPA Old Nation ...and Juicy New England Style IPA from Petoskey Brewing

Trillium Brewing Double Dry Hopped Summer Street

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East Coast vs West Coast Craft Beer

There’s this “east coast versus west coast” thing in beer. Funny, there seems to be an east coast versus west coast thing virtually everywhere. In football, there is the west coast offense versus northeastern smash mouth football. Rap music had a bicoastal rivalry that resulted in more than one murder. For many years, craft beer has had a rivalry. The west coast (specifically California) has Pliny the Elder and the east coast (specifically Vermont) has Heady Topper and fans bicker over which is better.

In Massachusetts, brewers like Trillium and Tree House have kicked up the rivalry a bit with a trendy push to hazy looking or unfiltered juice bombs. These beers moved away from the assault of bitterness found in popular west coast style IPA and highlight flavors of fleshy citrus and sweet tropical fruits. However, brewers from Oregon have claimed to have been creating these juice bombs long before their east coast counterparts.

What makes New England Style IPA different than other IPA?

According to Beer and Brewing, unlocking the Secrets of New England Style IPA Here are the six characteristics that distinguish the style:

  1. Higher protein malts, such as wheat and oats, in the grist (POH: grist is de-husked grain or could mean grain already ground)
  2. Use of contemporary, fruit-forward hops varietals
  3. Restrained bitterness from fewer kettle-hops additions (POH: kettle hops are added at start of boil) and higher whirlpool-hops rates (POH: Whirlpool is cooked beer or wort that is pumped into a vessel at high velocity causing a whirlpool)
  4. Adjusted water chemistry to favor higher chloride levels than typical for IPAs
  5. Fermenting with a low-attenuating (POH: attenuating is the amount or percentage of sugar consumed by yeast), low-flocculating (POH: flocculation describes how yeast react at the end of their life-cycle), ester-forward yeast strain
  6. Unique dry-hopping techniques and schedules, including dry hopping during fermentation

If you don’t live in New England, what’s a beer lover to do?

The New England style IPA has gained a strong legion of fans but unfortunately, the most popular brewers in the northeast are self-distribution and typically brewery-only releases. Trading sites on Facebook are bursting with activity and interest in juice bombs from the northeast.

Other regional brewers have started to introduce their own interpretation of the style and I’m glad to have my hands on two popular entries from the great craft beer state of Michigan.

M-43 Old Nation Brewing

M-43 IPA Old Nation Brewing, NE Style IPA, part of the New Orthodox Series of IPA

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Tasting: September 8, 2017
Style: New England Style IPA
Beer # : 1,092
ABV: 6.8%

M-43 is a 136-mile Michigan highway that connects the East Lansing area, Kalamazoo and points southwest. The highway also passes through Williamston, the location of Old Nation Brewing. This beer could be the quintessential New England style IPA of the region and I’m happy that my friend gave me one from his recent trade.

M-43 is the first release in Old Nation’s “New Orthodox” IPA series, it uses Calypso, Simcoe, Citra and Amarillo hops. According to the brewery, it promises citrus, tropical notes of pineapple, mango and grapefruit with a soft, pillowy mouthfeel. Bitterness is moderate at an IBU of 65.

I got plenty of juice with mango, papaya and pineapple. Really enjoyable, I wish I had more. 94 points.

Visit the Old Nation Brewery Website

Tasting: September 8, 2017
Style: New England Style IPA
Beer # : 1,093
ABV: 5.7%

Juicy New England Style IPA brewed by Petoskey Brewing, Petosky, Michigan

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Juicy? Not in my book but entirely drinkable. Has a lot of tea leaf and honey. I like that the bitterness is throttled back. The flavor does drop-out mid-palate and there is some odd fizziness on the finish. In conclusion, Juicy is a solid beer at 92 points.

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Double Dry Hopped Summer Street, Trillium Brewing Donna Summer is from Boston...hmmm.

Trillium Brewing Double Dry Hopped Summer Street

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Double Dry Hopped Summer Street

Tasting: July 1, 2017
Style: IPA
Beer #: 1,084
ABV: 7.2%

You say double dry-hopping and I say, “yes please.”

Dry hopping is the practice of adding dry hops (or dried hop pellets) to cooled wort (or cooked beer). Most brewers allow these hop additions to sit in the wort for as many as five days. This process lends a fresh hop flavor and usually wonderful aromatics. Double dry-hopping is…you guessed it…doing it twice.

This IPA features a secondary dry hopping with Simcoe hops. Probably a double shot of Simcoe since the website doesn’t mention if they used a second type of hop in the process.

As you can see Double Dry Hopped Summer Street pours a wonderful hazy orange color. Flavor pops with tangerine, tart pear and grass. Soft edges, crisp finish, and a nice overall mouthfeel. Really nice offering from Trillium, 95 points.

Trillium does name some of their beer after streets in Boston and many streets in Boston have been named for famous Bostonians. In this case, Summer Street is not named for Donna Summer. Sorry for that tease. I’ll offer up that Summer and Winter Street connect at Washington Street in Boston. So, Winter turns into Summer and vice-versa.

How about a couple other Trillium “streets”?

Trillium offers some very attractive beer. Here are some of my Trillium photos on Pinterest

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Magnify Brewing Company, Fairfield, NJ Lupulin Powder?

Magnify Brewing Release Day, Copious Amounts of Juice and Double Dry Hopped Vine Shine

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I think I should just have a Magnify Brewing page. They just keep cranking out new labels and I find myself a regular on their line nearly every other week. The line from a couple of weeks ago provided me with a mild surprise. I met a group from a western Philadelphia suburb that took the two hour ride for this release. I asked if Magnify had achieved a wider buzzworthy status? One of the guys said that he would compare the enthusiasm to Tired Hands. That’s a terrific compliment.

Two cans released on February 17th.

Tasting: February 19, 2017
Style: IPA
Beer #1,039
ABV: 6.5%

Magnify Brewing, Double Dry Hopped Vine Shine IPA

Magnify Brewing Double Dry Hopped Vine Shine

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I often talk about a beer “wearing out its welcome”. What I mean is that the flavor spirals downward once the beer “opens up”. Think of a wine. Swirl it around in your glass, release the aroma and mellow out the tannins. The more a wine is exposed to air the more it mellows out. I think of beer in the same way. Hops are fragile and once they are released and mixed with air, the experience seems to diminish. This is why Heady Topper suggests drinking from the can. I did pour this beer into a snifter and my first sip of Double Dry Hopped Vine Shine was amazing. Fresh pine and dank hop over just enough sweetness. As I worked my way through, the experience dropped. A little murky bitterness as the distinct flavor characteristics muddled. Overall, 87 points.

Next…

Tasting: February 18, 2017
Style: IPA
Beer #1,040
ABV: 6.5%

Magnify Brewing, Copious Amounts of Juice

Magnify Brewing Company Copious Amounts of Juice IPA

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Smells absolutely of fruit loops. Carries over briefly into the flavor until it gets run over by some mild dankness. Really crushable beer. Smooth and drinkable. Sixteen ounces just disappeared so quickly. Might be a bit mellow for some people but not me. I’d put Copious amounts of Juice at 92 points.

Two weeks later and I’m back on line. This time the releases are Flash Man and Citrapollo. Both are IPAs and both are first time canned.

Tasting: March 4, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Beer #1,041
ABV: 7.6%

Magnify Brewing Citrapollo

Citrapollo Double IPA brewed by Magnify Brewing

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Brewery notes this Double IPA was hopped in both the kettle and dry hopped with Citra and Apollo. Some acrid hops. Certainly not overpowering but dank, smokey, resinous with pineapple undertones. This was the winner of the can release this week – 93 points.

Tasting: March 5, 2017
Style: American Double / Imperial IPA
Beer #1,042
ABV: 8.0%

Magnify Brewing, Flash Man

Flash Man Double IPA by Magnify Brewing Company

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Lupulin powder is all the rage these days and it seems that Magnify Brewing is running full steam ahead with the new product. Lupulin is the yellow gland on the hop cone flowers where the alpha and beta acids and essential oils are found. A purified concentration of these resin compounds and aromatic oils was produced in Yakima in 2016 and has since become commercially available. Apparently, it is twice as expensive as standard hops but also twice as effective. It is also said that its use can help yields increase by several percent.

According to the brewery, Flash Man is loosely based on a draft only one-off and is brewed for their brewery dog, “The Flash Man.” Hopped with Amarillo, Simcoe, Cascade and Centennial and dry hopped with Simcoe pellets and lupulin powder, Amarillo, Cascade and CTZ (a blend of Columbus, Tomahawk and Zeus hops).

Has a candy sweet undertone. Pours fairly clear as compared to other Magnify beers. Nicely balanced. Overshadowed by Citrapollo, but certainly a nice Double IPA 89 points.

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