It's cold out there!! With the Northwest's recent blast of extended freezing weather, I've been craving something tropical to temporarily transport me to a warm locale. Full Sail has come to the rescue with its release of IPApaya, a papaya IPA.
I'll be the first to admit that I'm not a fan of the papaya. For some reason, the smell of papaya (especially ripe) reminds me of, well—vomit. As you might expect, this is not a flavor descriptor one typically seeks as they peruse the beer aisle. Undaunted, I picked up a single bottle at the grocery store and decided to roll the dice.
Fortunately, the aroma was FULL of pleasant tropical fruit (sans upchuck). For me, guava was prominent in aroma along with juicy pineapple and melon. In taste, citrus dominated. I didn't notice the papaya. Overall, this beer delivers the tropical fruit aroma in spades! Give it a try as part of your staycation...
Full Sail’s new IPApaya is a well-balanced, refreshing IPA with a tropical twist
Hood River, Oregon – Winter weather forecast for Hood River: unseasonably tropical. IPApaya Papaya India Pale Ale, the latest in Full Sail’s Pub Series, blends locally grown hops with notes of papaya creating a well-balanced, refreshing IPA with a touch of the tropics.
“We developed IPApaya to complement the tropical aromas found in Northwest hops with a subtle addition of papaya,” says Greg Doss, Full Sail’s Brewing Supervisor and the brains behind IPApaya. “After testing several hop varietals for this IPA we chose to showcase Equinox (aka Ekuanot) - a hop
well known for imparting unique fruity notes of melon, citrus, berry, and papaya. And since this
beer was all about hops and fruit, we kept the recipe light and simple using only pale and wheat
Those malts, along with healthy additions of Equinox hops, provide the perfect golden base for
the addition of papaya. Tropical aromas of citrus, passion fruit, and papaya are well
complemented by clean malt notes. “Vibrant tropical flavors in this IPA brighten the dark days
of winter,” says Full Sail Brewmaster Jim Kelter. “It’s a vacation in a bottle.”
Full Sail’s new IPApaya pairs well with Thai dishes such as Thai salad, pad prik king and tom kha,
and Indian dishes such as curry, paneer and samosas. Light, fruit-based desserts like Thai sticky
rice topped with fresh mango and salted coconut milk taste great with IPApaya, as does light
blue cheese or a nicely aged triple-creme brie.
IPApaya is the newest release in Full Sail’s Pub Series. Like a portal to our pub, seasonal brews
only available for a limited time (get ’em while they’re cold) give you a taste of the pints and
people that celebrate the Pacific Northwest. IPApaya is available January to April in 6-packs, in
the Full Sail Trophy Case and on draft. 6.2% ABV, 58 IBUs. From our pub to your place – cheers!
About Full Sail Brewing Company
Perched on a bluff in Hood River, Oregon, overlooking the mighty Columbia River’s epic wind
and kite surfing and the snow-capped volcanic peaks of Mt. Hood, Full Sail is a true craft-
brewing pioneer. Since 1987, Full Sail has been pouring pure Mt. Hood water, local ingredients
and responsible processes into each and every pint. Full Sail’s brews and sustainable practices
have garnered more than 300 national and international awards, including 150 gold medals and
Beverage World’s “Craft Brewer of the Year” distinction. From Full Sail Amber and IPA to
Session Lager and bourbon barrel-aged beers, Full Sail consistently strives to brew complex,
balanced and ridiculously tasty beers. Learn more at www.fullsailbrewing.com.