Justice Brewing, TBD
Style: Northeast-style IPA
Stats: 6.6 percent ABV, 60 IBU
Available: On tap and 12-ounce cans at Crucible Brewing on Dec. 9
My thoughts: Nate McLaughlin of Justice Brewing has been brewing hazy IPAs long before they became the trendy thing to do. He didn’t know that his Outlook Hazy, an IPA brewed with loads of oats and citrusy hops, would come to define his future.
“It’s ironic that one of the last beers we made before the move was Outlook Hazy,” said McLaughlin, referencing his brewery’s now homeless stature. He was about to expand his business into a brewery/taproom in downtown Everett when the building was condemned. (See the related story.)
As a joke, he riffed off the Outlook Hazy recipe, brewing the latest batch with Citra and Amarillo hops, and came up with a name that perfectly encapsulates his current situation.
“Our future is uncertain and it was a name that really was just a joke,” said McLaughlin of the vulgar name of his latest beer. “But as I told people about it they were like, ‘You gotta keep the name!’ ”
Thanks to a different yeast strain, this beer is a tropical splash to your senses. McLaughlin used the Imperial Juice yeast strain to give the beer a big fruity, tropical aroma and flavor. The Amarillo hops give the beer a more bitter finish than most Northeast-style IPAs. McLaughlin, who brewed the beer at Snohomish’s Scrappy Punk Brewing with Greg Krsak, loved using the new yeast strain.
“It turned out the most fruity and tropical smelling beer I’ve ever made,” McLaughlin said. “When we made the beer, the whole brewery smelled like you were inside some kind of tropical mixed drink.”
The beer, along with many other Justice beers, will be on tap at the official hiatus party at Crucible Brewing on Dec. 9. A very limited number of cans are available as well.
From the brewery: Tropical and citrus fruits explode all over your face, kind of like the situation we were handed. Brewed in collaboration with Scrappy Punk Brewing in Snohomish, this was the last beer we were able to brew before hiatus and we only made 13 gallons of it. Thanks for all your support over the years!
More new releases
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Kiwi Rye Pale Ale, Double Bluff Brewing: Made with Whidbey Island-grown kiwis and Nugget and Willamette hops, this pale ale has a subtle aroma and flavor of kiwi and citrus, and a pleasant spice from the rye. Available on tap at the brewery.
Toboggan Winter Ale, Lost Canoe Brewing: This smooth, chocolatey winter warmer is perfect for these cold, wintery nights. Available on tap at the brewery.
— Aaron Swaney, Special to The Herald