Hello fellow Maltese fans! I hope today treated you well. I can say a nice treat from Will’s Place has hit the spot perfectly. I wanted to let you know my thoughts about the new version of PIPA that Maltese is offering to you the customer. The regular version of Pineapple IPA is Maltese’s best seller. Personally, I thought it was a bit too sweet until recently, when the recipe had been tweaked to make the beer taste more like the style. Oh, by the way, you should really try it. I won’t go into the technical on what I think has been changed, but the aroma is out of this world. Crushable is an understatement.
However, I have digressed. This post is about the New England Style version of Pineapple IPA. The goal with this blog is not to be too technical, so I won’t go into the whole biological element of NE IPA in exact detail. I’ll say it as such. New England IPA uses a lot of hops at the end of the boil. The brewer will also add hops during fermentation (known as dry hopping) . These provide those citrus flavors. The yeast eats a lot of post boil hops and the ones added during the “dry hop.” The after product (you studied digestion in school) produces a juicy flavor without bitterness. That biological reaction is what leaves a haze in New England Style beer. I hope that isn’t too technical.
In this beer, the brewer also added some pineapple for additional sweetness. What I found was a beer balanced with bitter hops, fruit, and post boil hop additions. The flavor was citrusy and finished drier than most of the NE style. No bitter or sweet finish. It’s a lot of work for Maltese, and a lot of enjoyment for you the consumer. I don’t think you have to be an IPA snob to give this beer a try. In fact, I’d recommend anybody who isn’t an IPA fan to give this one a shot. I think you’ll be surprised how smooth this beer actually is.
This is my story, and I’m sticking to it. Hope to see you at Maltese this weekend!