If the Pacific northwest had one iron law of brewing–a new world Reinheitsgebot–it would be that every brewery must brew an IPA. Everybody loves IPA. We live in one of the best hop growing regions in the world, and it would be a shame to see those delicious flowers go unloved. Well don't you worry, we have an entire swarm of IPAs in the works.
Our Apian IPA series is brewed to showcase our favorite hops and combinations of hops. We start with a clean canvas of pale malt, then pile on hops from the Yakima Valley and beyond to craft unique IPAs in all the flavors of the rainbow. Each release features a different blend of hop varietals, allowing us to capture the freshest hop aromatics available and deliver them directly to your glass. Check in often to ride the cutting edge of hop flavor, or catch the reemergence of old favorites.
Apian IPA I
Hops: Amarillo, Simcoe, Ekuanot
Everybody has their preferences in beer, and when you ask me what I like in an IPA, I will hand you this beer. The bright citrusy hop aroma leaps right out of the glass and drags you by the nose down through the pillowy foam and into a golden sea of euphoria, where mangoes and apricots swim through the amber waves of grain, before the entire scene cartwheels down your gullet, leaving nothing but the tingling of excitement in your trigeminal nerve.
Or as my Dad says, "That tastes like beer."
Apian IPA II
Hops: Cascade, Columbus
Since the early days of American "micro brewing" the "3 C's" have lead the IPA charge. Cascade, Columbus, and Centennial brought intense pine and grapefruit flavor unlilke anything then found in European hops, and helped shape the future of IPA. With this beer, we pay homage to the early days of American craft brewing, using these classic hops to put together a classic west-coast IPA.
Apian IPA III
Hops: Mosaic, Cascade
Every year, hop growers release new hop varietals, hoping to capitalize on our nation's obsession with IPA and bringing new flavors to brewers searching for the next hot trend. And of course they charge exorbitant amounts for the hops that really catch on. But we won't be brainwashed by these fads, right guys? ... Right? ...
Ok screw it, we're brewing a Mosaic IPA. These hops are delicious. Like their mother Simcoe, Mosaic hops are incredibly multi-faceted, hitting all the highlights of American hop aroma and flavor in a single strain: fruity, citrusy, piney, and floral. But the thing that stands out most to me is the unique blueberry character I haven't tasted in any other hop. This is everybody's favorite new hop, and now you too can see why.
Apian IPA IV
Hops: Waimea, Ekuanot, Ella
Sometimes you have to search high and low to find the perfect hops, and sometimes they land right in your lap. We happened to be in the right place at the right time and got our hands on two of the most exciting new hop varieties. Waimea comes all the way from New Zealand, dripping with hop oil, for a big trpoical tangerine flavor with hints of pine and grapefruit. And Ekuanot (formerly known as "Equinox" and "HBC 366"), hails from the Yakima valley, sporting the brightest, boldest citrus character we've encountered in a hop. We secured loads of each and can now dump as much as we want into this IPA. Even the accountant will have to agree, the big orange, citrus, pineapple character in this beer was totally worth it.
Apian IPA V
That's it. Just Comet. We get to work with a lot of tremendous hop varieties, each with their own strengths, weaknesses and particular uses, but not very often do we encounter a hop that can carry a beer on it's own. Comet is one of those hops.
Released in 1974, Comet was actually bred as a bittering hop, but it fell out of favor with lager breweries due to it's aggressive flavor and aroma. Which is exactly what we want. Comet is an uninhibited expression of American hop character, boasting all the bitter grapefruit, pine and citrus qualities that are exhaustively sought out and dissected by hop breeders, but here they are all rolled up in the same hop cone. When you get a chance to work with raw materials like this, you don't pass it up. And if you get a chance to get this beer in your glass, don't pass it up.