The IPA is a versatile style that lends itself to many iterations. Imperial, Black, Fresh Hop, Red, Rye--the list goes on and on. But what about coffee? I've tasted and enjoyed stouts and porters made with coffee, but never even thought about a Coffee IPA.
Fear not, Fort George Brewery comes to the rescue with Java Hop IPA. Originally released last year for the first time in 16 oz. cans, Java the Hop is back! This time, it's brewed with Simcoe as a single varietal hop and Gichua as a single variety coffee been. For more details, check out Fort George's news release below. Looks like I need to try some coffee with my IPA!
Java the Hop Returns
Coava Coffee Roasters and Fort George Brew Again
Single Bean + Single Hop = Java the Hop.
That was the concept when Fort George Brewery and Coava Coffee Roasters collaborated on last winter’s seasonal. The goal was to create an IPA with huge coffee aromatics, yet without the roastiness and dark color of your typical coffee beer. And starting this week, Java the Hop is back – with a new coffee bean, a different hop, and the same signature 16-oz can with the burlap backround.
Single Bean – Gichuna
From Kiambu East District, Kenya, the Gichuna coffee beans grow on a family farm that has been passed down for multiple generations. They wet mill, ferment, and wash on site, then dry the beans on raised beds. Expect hints of caramel, molasses, and carob mixed with notes of rhubarb, hibiscus, and currant. The Gichuna beans are imported and roasted exclusively by Coava Coffee.
Single Hop – Simcoe
First bred by Yakima Chief Ranches, Simcoes are a unique American hybrid with a strong Northwest flavor. Passionfruit, apricot, and intense pine and woodsy aroma add to the fresh, youthful vigor of this complex hop.
Don’t let the radiant orange hue fool you. As you raise a pint to your nose there is absolutely no doubt what you are getting: a coffee IPA. Java the Hop is a limited run seasonal, available in 16-oz cans and draft while supplies last. Grab a pint or a case at Fort George Brewery in Astoria, or check the Fort George beer finder at www.fortgeorgebrewery.com/beerfinder/ for a Northwest location near you.