Hidden gems make the world go round and come in many forms. From the neighborhood coffee shops to divey, hole-in-the-wall burger joints, their character adds to the fabric of society. Once I find one, the moral dilemma of whether or not to tell others keeps me up at night. I am not selfish. It is just I am afraid the more people know about something, the busier it will be or the quality will dip. I can safely extol the virtues of 612 Brew’s Hidden Beach IPA because it will be here all summer.
What’s In A Name
The Hidden Beach IPA references a place in Minneapolis that used to be a paradise to neighborhood folks. It is rumored to have at one time been a place for nude sunbathing, night-time skinny dipping, and “herbal relaxation”. I can neither confirm or deny that this place may still exist, however, I can say that it sounds like something that would get shut down pretty quick by law enforcement.
Hidden Beach IPA
The Hidden Beach IPA clocks in at 6.2% ABV and 66 IBUs. The current version of Hidden Beach IPA is brewed with cryogenically frozen hop dust called Cryo Hop™. This is relatively new to brewing and it has a highly concentrated level of hop aroma and flavor. After having this beer last fall, I can say that the Cryo Hops™ gives it a much better hop character and smoothes out some of the rough edges.
This beer is packed with juicy flavors. If you like pears or peaches, this beer is going to take your palate to its happy place. The combination of Centennial, Citra, and Falconer’s Flight hops allow for a sensational hop presence. You get a soft and juicy body to the beer that finishes with a nice hop bite. This hope bite will not ruin your palate, rather, it makes you crave another sip. There is a slight haze to the beer, but it certainly doesn’t look like the melted crayon look that many despise when it comes to Northeast IPAs.
What Is Cryo Hop™ Dust?
If you haven’t heard of Cryo Hops™, you are not alone. This is a fairly new ingredient for brewers. Cryo Hops™ are made when hops are cryogenically frozen. This creates 2 co-products from the hop: LupuLN2 and Debittered Leaf. The LupuLN2, or hop powder, as it is more commonly referred, produces twice the resin content of whole-leaf hops/pellets.
How Do You Brew With Cryo Hop™ Dust?
At the release party, I chatted with Austin Myhran (Head Brewer) about the brewing process for this beer. Austin likes using the cryo powder because he doesn’t lose as much yield as he does when he uses whole hops. He said that 612 has a contract with Country Malt Group that will allow them to buy the Cryo Hop™ dust despite the fact that it is fairly new, which will make it hard to get. Austin says that this ingredient does pose some challenges. “Once you open the bag, you have to use it all.” Austin also cautions brewers to wear goggles, “Don’t get it in your eyes.”
Hidden Beach IPA is available in 6 packs of 12 oz. cans and at the taproom. You can also find it on tap at places like Kieran’s Irish Pub and anywhere else where they have 612 Brew on draft. It will be around until the in the market from now until the end of July.
So, just like any other thing that comes along and seems too good to be true, grab some Hidden Beach IPA now. Before you know it, summer will be gone and with it, the Hidden Beach IPA.
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