Things get kinda hazy around here sometimes, particularly on Friday afternoons and during safety meetings, and now we’re introducing a peachier, hoppier, foggier IPA than we’ve ever brewed before – new Can-O-Bliss Hazy IPA. The beer is the second release in the Can-O-Bliss Series, a rotating round-up of IPAs that showcase unconventional combinations of exceptional hops.
Can-O-Bliss Hazy IPA (7.2% ABV) is brewed with five noteworthy hops: super dank Strata, aromatic Cashmere, quirky Enigma, wine-like Hallertau Blanc and peachy-pine Eureka hops. The lineup was selected based on the individual characteristics of the hops, and how those qualities gel to create a dank, rich, freshly-dried hop aroma.
The unusual pantheon of five primo hop varietals results in a hop-forward beer packed with flavors of peach, nectarine, cantaloupe and white wine. The effort and innovation it takes to cram this much hop flavor into a beer is no little thing – massive hop-driven fruitiness and aroma is the result of heavy late hop additions during the whirlpool and dry-hop stages.
“This beer doesn’t set out to be a ‘New England’ style,” said Oskar Blues Head of Brewing Operations, Tim Matthews. “The bitterness is forward, but elegant. The mouthfeel is thorough without being fluffy. The beer focuses on intense hop loads that are extracted to create a long-lasting hop haze.”
Oskar Blues Lyons Head Brewer, Juice Drapeau, added, “Most hazy IPAs go for strong, aggressive citrus and popular dank hops like Mosaic and Galaxy, but this hop profile offers a lot more nuance and subtlety than most. It’s truly hop-driven, with soft, fruity undertones, making it perfect for summertime IPA swigging.”
Check out the beerfinder to get hazed-out and hopped-up with us starting in May. Can-O-Bliss Hazy IPA will appear nationally on draft and in 6-packs and 12-packs of 12oz cans.