Widmer Brothers Brewing rings in the New Year by combining the best elements of a lager and an ale to re-launch its popular seasonal, Hopside Down India Pale Lager. Now in its third incarnation, once as the best selling release of Widmer’s Rotator IPA Series and its second consecutive year as the brewery’s spring seasonal, Hopside Down IPL is ready for its official 2016 reboot.
Hopside Down IPL is said to combine the best of both worlds: the hoppiness of a traditional IPA, with the clean character and finish of a cold-fermented lager. The approachable style captures the essence of spring with a blend of a crisp lager and the hoppy aroma and flavor of an IPA.
“Spring is a really interesting season in the beer industry,” said Rob Widmer, co-founder of Widmer Brothers in a release. “There are no clear parameters in the spring, and you’ll see a wide variety of seasonal styles from different brewers – from porters and dark lagers to saisons and IPAs. We feel like Hopside Down IPL does a great job of representing the season as a hybrid of styles. The beer is a crisp lager with a bready malt heft, a moderate ABV, and big floral hop aroma and flavor.”
To make this third launch of Hopside Down IPL more intriguing the folks at Widmer have a special launch party at the Widmer Brothers Brewery and Pub in North Portland on January 14, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00pm. The launch party will feature Hopside Down being poured side-by-side with fresh-hop infused Hopside Down, which will be running through Randalls filled with different hop varietals. Partygoers will be able to try these different varieties to taste the effects of different types of hops on the base beer.
Hopside Down IPL Stats
MALTS: Caramel 10L, Pale
HOPS: Alchemy for bittering, and Cascade for aroma
OG: 15.0 P
AE: 2.5 P
Color: 8.0 L
Hopside Down IPL is now available across the country on-draught and in six- and 12-packs, as well as in Widmer Brothers’ variety 12-pack.
Widmer Brothers Pub 955 N Russell St. Portland, OR 97227
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.