The IPA lexicon just got bigger. West Coast IPA, Hazy IPA, Northeast IPA, Brut IPA, and whatever-else IPA. You can now add Cold IPA to the mix. The whole point of Cold IPA is to provide a crisper version of IPA.
Wayfinder Beer collaborated with Great Notion Brewing last year to create a Cold IPA. That’s the first time I’d ever heard of such a thing. Now, Wayfinder Beer has collaborated with Ecliptic Brewing to create another Cold IPA. As far as I can tell, a precious few other breweries have offered beers of this style, though I think Kevin Davey (brewmaster at Wayfinder) might deserve credit for the advent of the style. Hard to say. Not a lot of info out there. Not sure anyone ever really gets credit for inventing a new beer style anyway. A lot of independent invention happens out there in the beer world.
What is Cold IPA?
To brew a crisper version of IPA, brewers create Cold IPA using pilsner malt and lager yeast. Sounds a bit like an India Pale Lager, right? Because it’s an IPA its ABV is higher than an IPL. Adjuncts (rice and/or corn, for example) are used to lighten the body. Since it’s an IPA, expect gobs of hop character. Not old world hop varieties like you might find in a pilsner, but new world hop varieties like you might find in the latest and greatest IPAs. As explained below, it’s a sort of crossover style. An IPA brewed like a lager, kind of.
Here is the release announcement introducing the beer and, for most of us, the new style: Cold IPA.
Portland’s Ecliptic Brewing and Wayfinder Beer Collaborate on Cold IPA
Portland, Oregon. Earth. (February 9, 2020)- Ecliptic Brewing is pairing up with Wayfinder Beer to brew a Cold IPA. Shipping February 17th in 16-ounce cans and draft, this will be Ecliptic’s first Cosmic Collaboration with Wayfinder and the first of 2021.
“Cold IPA” is a newer term, and the style aims to feature a crisper IPA. John Harris, Ecliptic’s Owner and Brewmaster teamed up with Wayfinder’s Brewmaster, Kevin Davey, to create Ecliptic’s take on the style. The beer is brewed with Pilsner malt and lager yeast and features Pacific Sunrise and Talus hops. Says Davey, “Cold IPA is our attempt at making a ‘Wester than West Coast’ IPA’, but it’s not a lager… it’s more of a crossover style”. Adjuncts help lighten the body and increase drinkability. In Davey’s words, the result is a “very clean, dry and extremely hop forward” beer.
“I’m excited to work with Kevin and the Wayfinder team,” says Harris. “They really embraced this style and have made a few Cold IPAs already, so we’re stoked to team up and see what we can brew at Ecliptic. It’s fun to try something different.”
Ecliptic + Wayfinder Cold IPA will be released in draft and 16-ounce cans throughout Ecliptic Brewing’s distribution network on February 17th. An official virtual release party will be held on Zoom on February 25th from 5:30-6PM, with John Harris, Kevin Davey and Charlie Devereux in attendance. Visit Ecliptic’s website or Facebook event page for up-to-date details on this release.
About Ecliptic + Wayfinder Cold IPA
Brewed with our friends at Wayfinder Beer, this Cold India Pale Ale was brewed with Pilsner malt and lager yeast. Pacific Sunrise and Talus hops support the clean, crisp finish on this collaboration.
About Ecliptic Brewing
Ecliptic Brewing is a venture from John Harris, an Oregon beer icon whose background is steeped in the state’s rich craft brewing history. The name Ecliptic unites Harris’ two passions: brewing and astronomy. As such, the brewery celebrates the Earth’s yearly journey around the sun through both its beer and restaurant menus. Harris’ signature beers include Starburst IPA, Phaser Hazy IPA, Carina Peach Sour Ale and Capella Porter. For more information, visit: eclipticbrewing.com.
Ecliptic beers are available at the brewery (825 North Cook St), in cans and on-tap throughout the area, and distributed by: Maletis Beverage (Portland, Salem, Vancouver WA), Bigfoot Beverage (Eugene, Bend, Coast), Fort George Distributing (Northern Oregon Coast, Southern Washington Coast), Hodgen Distributing (Eastern Oregon), Summit Distribution (Southern Oregon), NW Beverages (Seattle, Tacoma), Odom (Eastern Washington, Northern ID), Dickerson Distributing (Bellingham), Crooked Stave Artisans (Colorado), Freedom Distributors (North Carolina), Beer Thirst (Canada) and Tread Water (Japan).