Pilot Series: Hazy Bay IPA – draft-only

Pilot Series: Hazy Bay IPA – draft-only

Hazy Bay IPA

Alaskan Hazy Bay IPA is a juicy and flavorful hazy IPA with moderate hop aroma and bitterness..

Flavor

Hazy Bay IPA is a juicy and flavorful hazy IPA with moderate hop aroma and bitterness. The aroma and flavor have a light malt character with prominent hop character that reflects fresh citrus, tropical fruit, and stone fruit flavor. Some of the hazy character in this beer comes from our use of Alaska-grown white wheat from VanderWeele Farms in Palmer, Alaska. At 200 acres, VanderWeele Farm is one of the largest in Alaska, and grows not only grain, but a variety of crops during the long summer days of the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. This full-bodied beer has a creamy mouthfeel, and a toasty, soft finish.

Ingredients

Hazy Bay IPA is made from glacier fed water and features Pale, Victory, Munich, and C-30 malts, unmalted oats, raw wheat, and a combination of Denali, Mosaic, Simcoe, and Citra hops.

Specifications

  • Original Gravity: 1.062
  • ABV: 6.6%
  • Bitterness: 53 IBU
  • Color: 25 SRM

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History

Our independent craft beer compatriots in New England are rightly credited with the development of the hazy style of IPAs, as they looked to accentuate the juicy notes of hops without adding extra bitterness to their brews. Within the last few years, this style has erupted in popularity, with beer drinkers lining up for the irresistible combination of smooth mouthfeel and tangy tropical flavor. Our take of this style incorporates a variety of hops we love from the Pacific Northwest, added late in the brew to bring out all the fresh fruit and citrus without overly-bittering the beer.

The Label

The Hazy Islands Wilderness is the smallest area in Alaska with the wilderness designation. Home only to sea lions and birds, these five small islands are located at the southern end of Alaska’s Southeast Panhandle region, off the tip of Baranof Island and about 170 miles due south of our brewery. A group of rugged rock formations that gets the full force of the North Pacific Ocean, on clear windy days or during stormy weather they are a harsh and foreboding place. But on hazy days, the wind is low, and the seas lay down, and the creatures that call these islands home, like tufted and horned puffins, can get a moment to rest from their tough existence in the cold waters of Alaska. That moment of relaxation is inspiration for this beer, with its rich, deep-orange, hazy appearance and smooth and full mouthfeel, a welcome break of calm seas for anyone’s stressful existence.