After almost a year in development Firestone Walker debuted their first year-round hazy IPA in January 2019. They took their time, they wanted to get it right. And in just two years, Firestone Walker’s Mind Haze IPA has become one of the brewery’s most popular beers.
Inspired as much by the legendary Bavarian Hefeweizens of southeastern Germany as it was America’s fast-evolving juicy IPAs, Firestone Walker Mind Haze IPA is truly its own thing. But now there are three interesting new variations, all available Mind Haze Tropical Hazy Mixed Pack.
The Mind Haze canvas lends itself perfectly to different hops, fresh flavors and new ideas,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. “This mixed pack gave us the opportunity to get creative and have fun reimagining the flavor possibilities. Each beer is built upon the main Mind Haze recipe, but they also come with their own tropical-inspired twists.”
Firestone Walker’s Mind Haze Tropical Hazy Mixed Pack features these new takes on the original…
Mind Haze “Tiki Smash” IPA
Born of pure hops and freshly toasted coconut, Tiki Smash IPA delivers what Firestone Walker describes as “tiki-inspired” flavor. Original Mind Haze hops including Azacca are now joined by Motueka and Sabro hops. The Azacca portion has been increased to amplify the sense of pineapple tropical character, while Sabro delivers its complementary coconut qualities.
“We use an elaborate system to introduce freshly toasted coconut for a smooth, subtle extraction,” Brynildson said. “The resulting beer showcases the special synergy of natural coconut with the tropical hop flavors of Mind Haze.”
Mind Haze “Hopical Crush” IPA
Hopical Crush IPA delivers a double-dry hopped burst of tropical Mai Tai-inspired pineapple and orange flavors. This abundantly hopped Mind Haze variation begins by heightening the original’s hop blend with the Strata cultivar, which offers up more pungent fruit tones and a touch of dank cannabis-like character.
The beer is then double dry hopped with twice the amount of hops than usual—ultimately totaling more than five pounds of hops per barrel.
Mind Haze “Citrus Cyclone” IPA
Citrus Cyclone IPA delivers an explosion of citrus, finished with a distinct kiss of real tangerine. The base beer is co-fermented with fresh California tangerines. This base is then blended back with a separate lot of dry-hopped Mind Haze and finished off with a final dash of tangerine to elevate the citrusy top note. Along the way, the Mandarina hop adds a distinctive orange character and the result is a remarkably bracing Mind Haze experience.
Unlike so many breweries Firestone Walker always keeps their mixed packs interesting. And with the launch of its Mind Haze Tropical Hazy Mixed Pack the Paso Robles, California-based brewery continues that trend.
And it’s not surprising that the brewery is expanding upon its popular brand. In just over two years, Mind Haze IPA has become Firestone Walker’s bestselling beer alongside 805. The brewery also launched Double Mind Haze IPA earlier this year.
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