We love inviting other brewers up to Ellon to share ideas and join forces to unleash something truly special – and hot on the heels of our hook-up with Omnipollo we welcomed another amazing team of brewers to Aberdeenshire this week. Cloudwater need no introduction to anyone who has taken even a passing interest in the UK craft beer scene over the last couple of years, so we jumped at the chance to brew up a storm with Paul Jones and his team.

And the beer we made was truly the style of the moment – a Vermont IPA.

Hops will always be in fashion, but the way they are deployed changes almost from year to year. Recently there has been a new addition into the pantheon of India Pale Ale – a move away from the biting, resinous IPAs of the West Coast of the USA. Pioneered by breweries in New England such Hill Farmstead, Trillium and in particular The Alchemist in Vermont, the new kid on the hop block is a very different type of beer – but no less amazing to drink (and to brew).

Vermont IPA is characteristically hazy, which is the initial point of difference you get when pouring one into a glass – but the key aspect they have is the hop flavour. Yielding tropical and stone fruit, these beers are more subtle than the high-IBU hop bombs of the West Coast; yet what they lack in intensity and bitterness they more than make up for in flavour and depth. They are fascinating, and when we dialled in a collaboration with Paul and the guys; the obvious choice.

BrewDog vs Cloudwater is a 6.8% Vermont-style India Pale Ale, hopped with Mosaic in the whirlpool only. Without any big-hitting additions of hops in the boil, we carried the flavour by heavily dry-hopping the brew with Citra and Mosaic. Topping out at around 35IBU, we also used oats in the recipe to deliver the trademark smooth mouthfeel – and made it truly authentic by propagating a one-off culture of Vermont yeast, specifically for the brew.

We caught up with Paul and asked him why Vermont IPA is so approachable. “With their juicy, fruity aroma, low bitterness, bold flavours, and sumptuous mouthfeel, they are both incredible gateway beers for anyone just getting into modern beer,” he said. “They are also deeply satisfying to committed beer enthusiasts that know their Summit from their onions. It's a treat to be able to make juicy IPAs and present them to near enough everyone.”

Cloudwater certainly know a thing or two about IPA – they have been raising the bar almost continually since they started out when it comes to depth of flavour in hoppy beers – as anybody who has tried their stunning DIPA can attest. It was fantastic to welcome them to Ellon and we can’t wait to see how BrewDog vs. Cloudwater Vermont IPA will turn out. Check back soon for its release date and let us know in the comments who else you’d love to see us dial in a beer with!

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Kenny 27.01.2017 @ 7:42am
How about Oskar Blues of Dale's Pale Ale fame for a Rocky Mountain - Ellon collaboration?
Gerry 26.01.2017 @ 4:29pm
Sounds great!

Would love to see a collab with Fourpure
CHRISHNA 25.01.2017 @ 2:54pm
looking forward to this'un!
Ohmbrew 24.01.2017 @ 6:46pm
I hop to pour this hazy one in my glass one day. My Kingdom for this beer !
Will it be available in our froggy French country or inline ?
Ohmbrew 24.01.2017 @ 6:46pm
I hop to pour this hazy one in my glass one day. My Kingdom for this beer !
Will it be available in our froggy French country or inline ?
BrewDog Rich 24.01.2017 @ 4:51pm
PaulW - Great question - the beer will be available on draft and in 660ml bombers!
PaulW 24.01.2017 @ 4:20pm
Will we see this in Cans/Bottles or just Keg?
Pete H 24.01.2017 @ 12:39pm
Cloudwater !!! The only UK brewery to get close to Brewdog last year, imo.
Looking forward to trying this. Will it be in bottles or on draught ? Or both ?

As for other breweries, if Buxton are coming up for the AGM, then it would be rude not to collaborate with them (again). Also, the obligatory mention of Magic Rock. (Hi Lewis.)

And, the first photo this year of the legend that is John Allen. And Franz ....
Looking forward to seeing you guys again in April, so we can share some more stories and beers.
Ben Jewitt 24.01.2017 @ 11:52am
You brilliant bastards. Love Vermont, and was privileged enough to bag some Heady Topper cans via a family friend when last in Burlington. Hope you can drum up some Equity Punks from the scene out there, though they do like their local stuff there, so forging relationships with VT brewers (maybe the Alchemist or Magic Hat?) would be a great step. Not to dismiss Cloudwater at all, whose beers are top notch. Really looking forward to trying this. (By the way Northeastern part of Vermont is known as Caledonia County and they do love their Scots).
Maxwell 24.01.2017 @ 11:31am
Going to love this one!
Hoff Man Hoff Biscuit 24.01.2017 @ 11:19am
I am rëally excïted by this, I løve the New England IPA style, its so früity and deliciøus
Nitin 24.01.2017 @ 11:03am
Cannot wait to try this with the two breweries involved it's going to be amazing. I've loved everything Ive had from Cloudwater so far!