The Imperial Strikes Back: Introducing Lup the Lup IIPA
It’s been a little while since we last brewed a batch of Tsarina Bomb, our OG IIPA, first introduced just a few months after our opening. Since then, we’ve ventured off the Tsarina path once, back in March of 2017, by introducing Aequinox IIPA, a strong beer brewed exclusively with Ekuanot hops in order to commemorate the Spring equinox and welcome the arrival of spring with a bang. Well, we find ourselves again in that particular time of year when the tulips start blooming and Toronto’s patios begin setting up, so it feels like the perfect time to introduce our brand new take on this hop-bomb beer style. We are pleased to introduce Lup the Lup (IIPA, 8.9%).
Helmed by Bandit brewer Stephane, this new beer is a smooth, crushable beer bursting with powerful aromas and tropical flavours like mango and pineapple. But why make such a strong beer at the same time as we start releasing lighter, sometimes fruit-forward Summer beers, you may ask: “We wanted to make a big, bold beer to bid farewell to what seemed like an eternally long winter,” Stephane tells us. “Our challenge was to make something with a high ABV, yet very flavourful and aromatic, so we opted for this North East IIPA dry-hopped with lupulin powder, which gives the beer its characteristic punchy smooth aroma,” he adds.
Compared to Tsarina Bomb, this is a juicier beer and a surprisingly easy drinking one. This time around we switched the yeast to a Vermont yeast, which gives out beautiful citrus and fruit aromas. Another relevant factor in the brewing of this beer is the use of Amarillo, Motueka, Vic Secret, Citra, and Ekuanot hops, which give Lup the Lup its tropical flavour, unlike Tsarina Bomb, which is a a more “piney” style of beer due to the use of hops like Chinook, Simcoe, and Cascade.
Our new Lup the Lup IIPA is available this Friday, April 27th at our brewpub and bottle shop.