Here comes the rain: Introducing ORAGE (DIPA, 8.0 %)
Our dual-hop IPA series originated just over a year ago with the release of Juicebox (IPA, 5.5%). Since then, we’ve brewed a variety of versions of this famously juicy and hazy style, trying to highlight unique combinations of our some of our favourite hops. Juicebox has become one of our few year-round staple beers, so for the winter season we wanted to create a similarly smooth IPA, but with a much more intense hop aroma and flavour. This Friday, we're thrilled to announce the release of Orage, a true hop-bomb, unlike anything we've released in the last few months. This Imperial IPA packs powerful tropical aromas and some very much welcome warmth that will surely keep us sipping on through the Winter.
In 2016 and 2017 we released some Imperial IPAs like Tsarina Bomb and Equinoctum; beers that were heavily influenced by the West Coast styles and that were much more citrus-forward with an intensely dry bitterness. For both of those beers, we used California Ale yeasts and classic American hops like Citra, Amarillo, and Ekuanot. This time around we wanted a beer that was hazy, juicy and creamy, with a punchy dankness and rich tropical aromas. Orage was double dry-hopped with some very bold and fruity hops like Galaxy, Mosaic, and Columbus, creating a full storm of hop aromas. The Galaxy hops bring forward notes of mango and passionfruit while Mosaic adds to the tropical notes with a hint of pine. The addition of Columbus adds a characteristic resiny and dank flavour to the mix, which balances out the tropical aromas from the other hops.
Orage will be available on Friday, December 28th after 5 PM on tap as well as in our bottle shop.