We’re hopped up to share the first addition to our core lineup in almost 2 years with you!
With that in mind, we wanted to share a bit of information about the beer and its ingredients. Specifically the pounds per barrel of hops that are contained within this lush, vibrant New England Style IPA.
So… What do you mean by pounds per barrel?
When brewing any beer, you measure the hops added by a metric called “pounds per barrel”. Essentially – the weight amount of hops that are present per barrel (31 gallons) of liquid. Over the course of 2 years of experimentation on the beer that has evolved into Tropic Flare we used several different hop varieties, different amounts of those varieties, and plenty of in-betweens of each option that we tested. We knew we wanted this beer to contain an abundance of tropical and stone fruit flavor and aroma, which is what caused us to settle on the four hop varieties, and the amounts that are now being used to brew Tropic Flare.
We dry hop Tropic Flare 3 separate times, with just over 4 lbs/barrel of Citra, Galaxy, Mosaic, and Amarillo hops.
So why does that matter? Keep in mind – more isn’t always better! We believe that we have crafted a near-perfect juxtaposition of hop flavor profile and mouthfeel from the flaked oats and lactose that is added. This particular blend and amount of citrus heavy hops gives the finished product aromas of peach, apricot, mango, pineapple, and grapefruit, but has relatively low bitterness at only 35 IBUs as a result of all whirlpool hop additions..
Tropic Flare is the newest addition to our core beer lineup, and it is slated to hit distribution later in December!
Can’t wait to try it? Tropic Flare is on tap and in 4-pack 12oz cans at Braxton HQ and Braxton Labs. Coming soon to your favorite craft beer retailer – $9.99 4-pack 12oz cans that will be available year-round across our entire distribution market. We’re incredibly excited to share the final product of a year’s worth of innovation with you. As always – Lift One to Life!