BUSINESS
Special Report: As a deadly superbug spread, UCLA doctors raced to find the source
Daily Dish
Food Daily Dish

Unapologetic-ally hoppy — Stone's new super IPA is a must-try

All-star team of brewers creates Unapologetic, a new double IPA
Hops are the star of the show with new Unapologetic IPA

The parade of hop-centric brews from Stone Brewery keeps on rolling, and Los Angeles craft beer fans will want to take special notice of the newest collaboration from the Escondido brewery.

Unapologetic IPA is a brassy double IPA created when Stone’s Mitch Steele teamed with Jamil Zainasheff, owner/brewmaster of Northern California’s Heretic Brewing, and L.A.’s own Julian Shrago, brewmaster of lauded Beachwood Brewing.

Not just an all-star team-up, Unapologetic IPA features some unique hop varieties that make the brew a must-try for IPA lovers.

Stone’s Steele knows how to craft a noteworthy IPA, he literally wrote the book on India Pale Ales, and Unapologetic uses both new hop varieties and novel brewing techniques to achieve an intense hop aroma and flavor.

Traditionally, brewers use hops at three points during the brewing process. Early in the boiling stage hops are used to add bitterness to balance a brew’s malty body. Hops added later during the boiling add some flavor as well as a bit of bitterness, while hops added at the end of the boil lend their pungent aroma only. Hops added after the beer has fermented, a process known as dry hopping, intensifies the hop aroma even further.

The brewers behind the new collaboration are all experts at layering different hop-derived aromas and flavors, and they achieve the depth of hop character in Unapologetic IPA by adding hops at two additional points in the brew.

The hops are undoubtedly the star of the show, and Unapologetic features a bouquet of new hop varieties -- some so new they don’t even have names yet. Azacca is the most well-known of the four aroma hops used, and it lends a tropical and stone fruit character to the brew, while Belma brings the berries and wine-grape aromas. HBC 342 is a new cultivar responsible for the big melon flavor, and the Hopsteiner 06300 variety brings an earthy, woodiness to the hop party. In concert, the hops provide a complex and detailed profile that any hop-lover should enjoy, but the brew’s bitterness is relatively restrained (especially compared with recent double IPAs from Stone and Beachwood Brewing). The finish is dry and the nearly 9% alcohol beer remains drinkable.

Stone Brewing keeps bringing out big, bold, hop-focused IPAs, but even if you think you’ve tried everything that the hoppiest of brews has to offer Unapologetic brings some new flavors to the glass and provides a glimpse of what the future of IPA may hold.

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
Related Content
  • Picking winners and losers for World Cup beer drinking

    Picking winners and losers for World Cup beer drinking

    A couple of weeks into the 2014 World Cup and the first games in the Round of 16 are shaping up. There will be some exciting match-ups this weekend, and while I’m no expert on the beautiful game, I know my way around a beer list. Here are my predictions for the four games this weekend based solely...

  • Ben Simon targets waste with new Imperfect Produce project

    Ben Simon targets waste with new Imperfect Produce project

    About 6 billion pounds of produce is wasted each year in the United States simply because of appearance, according to Ben Simon. As a student at the University of Maryland, Simon co-founded the Food Recovery Network (FRN), the largest student-run waste-prevention movement. He sat down to chat about...

Comments
Loading
81°