TORONTO, ON – Great Lakes Brewery has announced the release of two new IPAs brewed with using Yakima Chief Hops (YCH) Cryo Pop Original Blend, described as “a ‘super pellet’ that shows off massive tropical, citrus and stone fruit aromas.”
Continental Rift West Coast IPA (6.5% abv):
A clear bodied pale golden IPA? What have we done? Once you get past the lovely, springy, bouncy, dense white head, your nostrils will pick up huge notes of juicy grapefruit, passionfruit, skinned peach and ripe mango, thanks to the generous amount of ‘super pellet hops’, Cryo Pop. Pineapple, grapefruit and very subtle pine are the stars upon each sip. The dry, bitter finish brings out some of that wonderful pine we love so dear along with 70 bittering units to boot. If you’re looking for old school, so cool, west coast fuel from GLB, like our IPAs of yesteryears, we got ya with this one.
Continental Rift East Coast IPA (6.5% abv):
Unlike the West Coast version, this New England IPA is as hazy as all get out! Light yellow in colour with a fluffy white chapeau, aromas of peach, pineapple and freshly zested orange pop from the glass. The soft bodied, creamy IPA offers up flavours of more pineapple, strawberry, mango and evergreen. It’s juicy. Juicy as heck. It’s bright and light, and frankly, quite crushable, even at 6.5%. At 20 IBU, the tropical aromas and flavours are the highlights of this party.
Both versions of Continental Rift will be available today (May 13th) at 4:00 PM in the Great Lakes retail shop and online store.
For more details on the beers, see full release announcement including an interview with GLB’s Mike Lackey discussing the beers and Cryo Pop.
In addition, Lackey and YCH’s Luc Beaulieau will be hosting an online tasting and Q&A session on the GLB Instagram page tomorrow (Friday May 14th) at 12:30 PM.
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