Hogs Back Brewery in Surrey has been inspired by the popularity of the US style of IPA to launch a new seasonal beer, East Coast IPA.
It is a naturally hazy and unfiltered beer at 5.8% ABV, with an intense mouthfeel and hop aroma to give it the character of IPAs from the US.
Created by Hogs Back’s head brewer Miles Chesterman, it is brewed with seven hop varieties: Cascade hops, which are grown in the hop garden at the brewery in Tongham, plus Fuggles, Ekuanot, Calypso, Mosaic, Idaho 7 and Mount Hood. The four malts in the recipe are Pale, Munich, Wheat and Golden Oats.
The result is a perfectly balanced IPA with a smooth creamy backbone from the oats, complemented by tropical notes and a slightly piney finish that is characteristic of an IPA. Flavours of stone fruits, berries, lemons and papaya are all also in the mix.
Sharing the same clean, eye-catching design as other Hogs Back beers, the branding on the East Coast IPA can and font badge features the Hogs Back hog with a graphic that suggests the US flag as well as rolling coastal waves.
East Coast IPA was launched both in 330ml cans and in keg in time for the reopening of pubs and bars in England at the weekend. Other beers in the range include the light, hoppy Hog IPA, now in cans, and Hogstar lager, both at 4.5% ABV.
Hogs Back Brewery’s owner, Rupert Thompson, said: “The US style of IPA is hugely popular, making East Coast IPA a strong addition to our craft line-up, with a very different taste profile to our Hog IPA.
“As an unfiltered beer, East Coast IPA is packed with flavour and character, but is also an accessible beer that will be enjoyed by craft aficionados and mainstream beer lovers alike.
“As pubs look to win back customers post-lockdown, a distinctive and memorable range of keg beers from a local brewer will have strong appeal. We’re confident that drinkers in pub gardens across the south-east will be enjoying these great summer beers over the coming months.”