Hoppy as a Clam IPA, Sound to Summit Brewing, Snohomish
Stats: 6.5 percent ABV, 45 IBU
Available: On tap at Ivar’s Landing Mukilteo and at the brewery
My thoughts: Ivar’s Landing Mukilteo has been pouring Sound to Summit’s 6 Gill IPA for quite a while, but the folks who managed the restaurant’s tap handles wanted something a little different.
So they approached Sound to Summit head brewer Grady Warnock about brewing a special IPA to go with Ivar’s menu. Warnock was more than pleased to comply.
Warnock brewed two different IPAs and gave Ivar’s the choice of which one they liked best. The result is Hoppy as a Clam IPA, which is now pouring exclusively at Ivar’s Landing Mukilteo and the brewery.
Hoppy as a Clam is lighter and fruitier than the 6 Gill. Warnock compared it to the San Diego-style of IPA. The light body and dry, citrus flavor pairs perfectly with seafood.
“It’s an excellent beer to pair with seafood. Like a pinot gris,” Warnock said. “They wanted a beer that was super drinkable and this fits the bill.”
Like Ivar’s, the beer takes pride in its Washington roots. All the beer’s ingredients are from Washington. The three hops — Columbus, Simcoe and Centennial — are from Yakima and the malt comes from Vancouver.
From the brewery: The “O-Fishal” IPA of Ivar’s brewed by us! Hoppy as a Clam is a hop forward West Coast-style IPA boasting a blast of citrus and pine aroma and flavor atop a subtly sweet malt backbone which fades into the hop bite finish. Keep clam, be hoppy.
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