Stardust Princess vs Hazed & Confused: 2 Hazy IPAs with Completely Different Hops
Every ingredient is important when brewing a beer. No brewer puts a recipe together without considering how each step will effect the process of brewing and of course the final outcome. The number of variables possible for each style is incredible when you look at the number of options for yeasts, malts, water profiles and of course hops.
Charlie Cole, the head brewer for Blue Cat Brewing Company, brought me in 2 beers of the same style (hazy IPAs which are quickly becoming my favorite style) so we could compare the different hops being used in both.
Hops tend to pick up their flavor from where they are grown. Makes sense, right?
Stardust Princess (5.4% ABV) is on tap at The Blue Cat in collaboration with Geneseo Brewing Company and uses hops grown in the American Pacific Northwest which has a very citrus/berry kind of flavor and also some from Australia which brings a tropical fruit flavor of pineapple and mango.
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