Finally there’s a beer style that captures the New Year’s vibe perfectly! And here are five great Brut IPA’s that you may want to have in hand for the upcoming celebrations.
Brutish And Belgian (Cooperstown, NY) – Perfect for any New Year’s celebration, Brewery Ommegang has a new beer that marries the hoppy flavors of American IPAs with the sparkling effervescence of a serious Belgian ale. Brewed with a closely-guarded process (we asked but they wouldn’t give it up) and bottle conditioned, Ommegang Brut IPA is 6.4% ABV Brut India Pale Ale with resinous pine, grapefruit, and pineapple notes and an uber-dry effervescent finish.
Devils Backbone Gets Brutish (Lexington, VA) – Described by Devils Backbone (quite accurately we think) as light, effervescent and lemony, Devils Backbone Brut IPA is a 6.3% ABV Extra Pale Ale that’s both sparkling and bright.
New Belgium Yields To The Brut (Ft Collins, CO) – In yet another sign of the mainstreaming of the style, the nation’s 4th largest craft brewery, New Belgium Brewing has introduced its take on the Brut IPA that’s the perfect for New Year’s Eve. Inspired by partner Dick Cantwell’s foray into the style at sister brewery Magnolia Brewing in San Francisco, New Belgium’s Brut IPA is a 6.7% ABV India Pale Ale that’s a sparkling, crisp and dry alternative to all those hazy juice bombs.
Orange Crushed (Cape May, NJ) – Never shy about innovation, Cape May Brewing is already taking the still emerging Brut IPA style in a playful direction. Inspired to no small degree by the beloved Mimosa cocktail, Cape May Crushin’ It is an 8% ABV Brut IPA that’s brewed with non-traditional London Ale III yeast and infused with fresh orange juice to keep things festive.
Ska Brewing Has Reason To Panic (Durango, CO) – Ska Brewing just debuted a new year-round that’s New Year’s-ready. Developed and refined on its Mod small-batch system, Ska Moral Panic is a 5.7% ABV Brut IPA with an overwhelmingly juicy nose and soft lingering bitterness.