North x Funky Fluid
Sour IPA — 6%
Barley, Wheat, Oats, Lemon Juice, Hops, Yeast
Nelson Sauvin, Vic Secret, Bru-1, Hallertau Blanc
Our collaboration with Poland’s Funky Fluid is a mash of two styles we both brew pretty well. Sour, meet IPA. IPA, meet Sour! We’ve both brewed Sour IPA before and one thing we know is that the acidity of a kettle sour can really dull those delicious hops. So, one of the main focuses of this beer was how to bring these two battling attributes together into zingy hop harmony. We started with a classic New England base, Extra Pale, Wheat, Dextrin and Rolled Oats make for a soft and smooth body with a touch of sweetness to coincide with the acidity. For this sour, rather than kettle souring, we simply added lemon juice and citric acid, bit by bit, until it just started tipping towards a predominant acidity. Balance at play. The majority of the dry hopping was done on the cold side, we were careful to select hops that work well together and prefer cooler temperatures. Nelson Sauvin is the hop showing its character most, super clean, green grape and gooseberry flavour is upfront, with Vic Secret and Hallertau Blanc on the exchange bringing tart passionfruit and grassy notes and Bru-1 providing underripe, crunchy pineapple and floral notes. Zingy hop harmony, achieved!