In the Mix: Ideal Hops for Milkshake IPAs
Trends in craft brewing are in constant flux, and the latest in creative IPA styles is an excellent example of the variety of options brewers have with their craft. Milkshake IPAs seek to mimic the familiar aspects of their namesakes, and brewers use additions such as lactose and increased fruity hops to achieve the Milkshake IPAs signature hazy appearance, smooth mouthfeel, and distinctive sweetness.
For Milkshake IPAs, the hops you choose matter a great deal. These beers are hops-centric, thus it helps to keep the malt choice simple. However, with these hops it’s important to remember that the goal is to stay away from bitter and focus on flavor and aroma. What hops you choose depend on what you’re looking to achieve. Hops with high fruit power generally work best with this style of Milkshake IPAs. With this, there is a word of caution; extending beyond a mix of 3 or 4 hops can ruin the flavor and aroma balance, so choose well.
Below are some great examples of fruity hops that pair well for Milkshake IPAs: Galaxy, Cashmere, Azacca, Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado, and Warrior.
Additionally, adding fruits to the mix assist in making this IPA style truly flavorful. Check out some of the fruit flavorings in our online store.