New Belgium Brewing Company (Fort Collins, Colorado) recently announced that Botanical Imperial IPA is available now as the brewery’s newest offering in their Hop Kitchen Series.
Botanical Imperial IPA comes to hop heads thanks to inspiration found in the spring landscape and within the bottles of fine gin. This offering gets a healthy infusion of essential oils thanks to the use of herbs such as basil, juniper and sage. Bravo, Cascade, Sterling, and Willamette hops join the botanicals to take this brew to the beautiful land of Imperial IPAs by lending notes of pine, citrus and cedar. The completed beer comes in at 8.5% ABV and 85 IBUs.
“The essential oils intensify the citrusy, herbal and spicy hop flavors,” noted Ross Koenigs, New Belgium Pilot Brewer. “The idea for a botanical IPA came from our love of both IPAs and gin. So back in 2014, we had our hop chemist run a bunch of gin botanicals alongside different hop varieties and then we started beta testing how those different herbs and spices played with the hops. The result offers notes of citrus, pine, wood, cedar, mint, and a little spice.”
Like all Hop Kitchen releases, Botanical Imperial IPA can be found on draft only at select craft beer establishments in Alabama and throughout New Belgium’s distribution area. This offering is officially available now and will be finding its way to taps until mid-April. Hop Kitchen beers tend to be pretty elusive, so be sure to order a pour of Botanical Imperial IPA whenever and wherever you stumble upon it. It should definitely prove to be a hop and sensory experience that cannot be missed. Prost!
Vital Information on Botanical Imperial IPA from New Belgium Brewing Company
ABV – 8.5%
IBUs – 85
Yeast – Ale Yeast
Hops – Bravo, Cascade, Sterling, and Willamette
Malts – Pale, Caramel-120
Spices – Basil, Sage, Juniper
Special Processing – “Cascade, Sterling and Willamette hops are added after fermentation (cold side) so there is no aromatic essential oil loss due to heat and ‘on yeast’ to bring more of the citrus, floral, herbal, spicy and dank piney aromas forward. We also add basil, sage and juniper in the kettle to add a little of those complementary essential aromatics to their hop counterparts. The result is not a herbal or spicy IPA, but rather an IPA with a bouquet so big you don’t have to put your nose in the glass—it’ll jump right outta the glass and in your face.