Thursday, November 12th, 2020

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: November Hazies On Fly

Ron Swarner

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Beer flights in TacomaLet’s get right to the juicy stuff. Peaks & Pints is talking, of course, about New England-style, or hazy, India pale ales. They keep coming and coming with no sign of slowing down. It’s predominately what people as for when they approach our Western red cedar tap log, besides, “Do you have the chowder on today?” New England Style IPAs are brewed to be juicy and fruit forward, even when there’s no fruit in the brewing process. You’re getting the aroma and experience of different types of hops as well as the pure magic of brewing beer. The good news — thanks to hazy and juicy there are more IPA drinkers. Today, Peaks & Pints suggest a to-go flight of recently arrived hazy IPAs, a flight we call Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: November Hazies On Fly.

Peaks and Pints Pilot Program: November Hazies On Fly

Narrows-Eye-of-the-Tiger-King-IPA-TacomaNarrows Eye of the Tiger King IPA

6.2% ABV

Narrows Brewing’s Eye of the Tiger King IPA is a mashup of titular boxer Rocky Balboa and a blonde-mulleted, self-proclaimed country music star who ran for president in 2016 and then governor of Oklahoma in 2018 Joe Exotic. Featuring new grain to Narrows, new techniques, whirlpooled with Strata and dry-hopped with Vic Secret and NZ Cascade, this hazy IPA offers exotic hops for Joe and a slightly bitter punch from Rocky

E9-Shamans-Hands-TacomaE9 Shaman’s Hands

6.2% ABV

The Shaman’s Hand, also known as the Healer’s Hand, is an ancient symbol of healing and protection. The image consists of a hand with a spiral palm and it is believed to have come from the Native American solar hieroglyphs that have been found in a number of places in the Southwest. Peaks & Pints feels much better after drinking E9 Brewing’s Shaman’s Hands. This double dry hopped IPA is brewed with 2 Row malted barley and German Pilsner malt with a small amount of golden naked oats and torrified wheat for the haze. It’s fermented with slightly hazy British ale yeast too. Expect notes of tropical coconut and peachy stone fruit with a hoppy backend.

Matchless-Made-Hazy-IPA-TacomaMatchless Made Hazy IPA

6.4% ABV

Matchless Brewing hits the citrus with this hazy IPA giving Comet hops the lead in the dry-hop and bringing out some nice tangerine notes to go with the orange and citrusy Chinook and tropical Citra. Color kept low with Best Maltz Pilsen but with nice hue from the Skagit Valley Vienna malt and just enough fluff from the flaked oats to tie it all together. Don’t be fooled; no fruit was harmed in the making of this beer. Loads of “C” hops create this orange and tangerine flavored hop treat.

Wayfinder-Double-Fink-TacomaWayfinder Double Fink

8.1% ABV

Wayfinder Beer Brewmaster Kevin Davey and his crew decided that the world needed a bigger and more intense version of our classic Flower in the Kettle hazy IPA. They upgraded it with a myriad of sensational hops, boasting tropical and juicy complexity, including a pineapple-like punch of hop magic, plus hop bitterness.