SONIC BOOM V2
Our latest release breaks out tomorrow
One of the keys to the soul of any craft brewery should be experimentation – the art of mixing things up to see where it leads. A single change in a recipe can lead you to parts unknown and beers worth discovering. You can switch up a malt bill, change water profile or pitch a different yeast – but the adventure really begins when you get to the hops. And with our latest release, we are taking that adventure supersonic.
This is Sonic Boom. And version 2 is out now.
We have rocked a series of hop-changers in the past but Sonic Boom is no IPA is Dead. Back then it was single-hops; now we are altering a single aspect relating to the hopload itself – our rock and roll brewteam can change any aspect of the hopping they like. The base beer ventures into new territory thanks to new techniques, different varieties, varying timed additions – all experimental.
And for Sonic Boom v2 we are taking that last word at its most literal.
We are hopping our returning 6.5% ABV India Pale Ale with an experimental hop direct from the Pacific Northwest – HBC 438. The experimental fields around Yakima, Washington are a magnet for brewers; row after row of plants identified by a three-digit number that can take a decade to develop. If you aren’t excited by the prospect of these cones, you shouldn’t have a brewhouse.
HBC 438 is an incredible hop, giving aroma characteristics of coconut, lemongrass, mango and cedar wood. To let it shine our brewers added it to the dry-hop stage following Simcoe and Cascade in the boil and Centennial in the whirlpool. It results in a beer unlike any we have brewed before, majoring in flavours of bergamot, coconut, lime leaf; sticky pine sap lead into biting lemongrass on the finish.
In short, HBC 438 is why we open the shutters every morning. The moment our brewers and QA team discovered it we knew we had to use it in an IPA. Brewing is a science, an art and a venture into the unknown all rolled into one. With Sonic Boom we are taking all of those things into the stratosphere.