Outstanding in style and delicious in taste, this year’s latest trend, Milkshake IPA, is a combination of fruit, lactose and slightly bitter AIPA. This style allows for a lot of freedom. Brewers mix various fruit, different lactose proportions, and experiment with extra ingredients. We have decided to use blackcurrant and added loads of precious vanilla sticks. The outcome brings to mind sweet blackcurrant-vanilla milkshake. The beer is filled with aromas of American hops: citrus fruit, pear, tropical fruit and mint, which are balanced with a medium-high level of bitterness. It’s amazing, surprising and…..delicious!
This style is interesting in terms of extract, which seems to be high at first sight. Although 17 Plato identifies strong beers, the beer’s alcohol content is low as a result of lactose, milk sugar, which is not assimilated by yeast during the fermentation process. This sugar enriches the beer’s fullness and creates an illusion of drinking sweet milkshake. The malty base is quite light accentuating fruity and vanilla flavours. The beer’s light colour is hardly noticeable as it is dominated by the dark red colour of blackcurrants. Oat flakes give the style its velvety texture.
Milkshake IPA must be hoppy! Bitterness at medium-high level means it should be clear but not overwhelming! The highly desired hoppy aroma is brought about by American hops: Mosaic produces tropical fruit aroma, the well-known Citra produces citric aromas, while Calypso adds subtle aromas of pears and a touch of mint. Together with blackcurrants such a combination of hop varieties gives an outstanding impression.
Extra ingredients are really important in this style! We have decided to use the real delicacy of Polish berries producers – blackcurrant! Poland is the leader in the world production of this aromatic, sweet and slightly sour fruit. The sour flavour works really well in beer balancing the sweetness of lactose. Added in the form of fruit puree (made of fruit with skins and stones) are 100% natural. Simply delicious. And on top of it, vanilla sticks, more precious than gold, give the beer its final touch.
- Style: Blueberry Milkshake American India Pale Ale
- Extract: 17,0 %
- Alcohol: 6,0 %
- IBU: 45
- Malts: barley malts: Pilsner; wheat malts; oat flakes
- Hops: Bitter: Columbus (US), Aromatic: Mosaic (US), Citra (US), Cold hopping: Mosaic
(US), Calypso (US)
- Yeast: US-05
- Look: dark red; cloudy (pectic haze)
- Aromas: blackcurrant; vanilla; citrus fruit; forest fruit; fruit yoghurt; hoppy
- Full; smooth; sweet;
- Fruity; slightly acidic
- Serving temperature: 12-15 ⁰C
- Glass: IPA glass, sensoric, sniffter
Dishes: seasoned beef with rum molasses and goat cheese sauce; smoked cod with coconut
Cheeses: Fromage de Montagne de Savoie, Furiani
Desserts: doughnuts filled with blackcurrant, yoghurt vanilla cake with blackcurrant jelly