Ah, the Northeast IPA. We have had so many complicated feelings on this style. No other style has swept the craft brewing conscious by storm, and seemed to include some amazing beers, but also way too much hype, confusion of both drinkers and brewers about what makes a good one, and lines out the door for four packs of cans.
BUT, when done right, they are so good. We eventually caved, not to any trendiness of the style or market pressures, but simply the urge to learn more about the style, and what makes a good one. We think we have our recipe and process down at this point.
It’s super easy to drink. There is bitterness, but it’s very smooth and appeals to people that don’t like other IPA’s. It has a soft mouthfeel. Tons of orange, grapefruit, tropical fruit, and peppery hop aroma and flavor. And yes, it’s even hazy, although we do not add flour, or intentionally make it look like a mud puddle.
You Wanted A Hit is brewed with a base of Haus Malts Ohio-grown barley, wheat, and oats, a touch of conventional carapils, and the best “new school” IPA hops we can find. Although we can’t always pull it off, we definitely prefer this beer when fermented with “Conan” ale yeast. That yeast produces a noticeable citrus ester that really compliments the hop profile. Otherwise, it’s a blend of “Cali” and English ale yeast.