With the introduction of the pilsner hundreds of years ago, the look of a beer became a point of focus for drinkers. At the time, it was an interest in having brilliantly clear, golden beers like liquid sunshine. In recent years, starting in the American Northeast, a move towards cloudy beers, resembling orange or grapefruit juice, has begun. These “hazy” IPAs are prized for their bright, juicy hop-derived fruit flavors, restrained bitterness and softer mouthfeel.
Texas being much further southwest than the Northeast, has taken a little while to participate in the trend. Offerings have started appearing as taproom or draft-only options in small amounts around the state, but locally packaged “hazy” IPAs are few and far between. That’s where Fort Worth’s Martin House Brewing Company comes in with their Friday IPA. Originally, a limited release like their previous selection, the brewery wisely decided to expand production and are now making the beer year-round. And we’re doing our best to have the freshest batches we can get!
Brewed with hot hop varietals, like Mosaic and Amarillo, for bright, juicy citrus and tropical fruit flavors; it also has American characteristic varietals, like Chinook and Simcoe, for classic “hoppy” goodness. It’s an IPA lover’s “cup of tea.”