Firestone Walker Brewing sets forth on a line extension of its very popular Mind Haze IPA with the launch of Mind Haze Tropical Hazy IPA Mixed Pack. This new trifecta of Hazy IPAs includes Tiki Smash, Hopical Crush and Citrus Cyclone, all of which feature exotic reinterpretations of the original Mind Haze.
“The Mind Haze canvas lends itself perfectly to different hops, fresh flavors and new ideas,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, in a press release. “This mixed pack gave us the opportunity to get creative and have fun reimagining the flavor possibilities. Each beer is built upon the main Mind Haze recipe, but they also come with their own tropical-inspired twists.”
After riding a huge growth wave of Firestone Walker’s 805 Blonde Ale in recent years, the Paso Robles, California brewer has also struck gold with its Mind Hazy IPA. In just over two years, Mind Haze IPA has become Firestone Walker’s bestselling beer alongside 805. Prior to this latest line extension, Firestone Walker released Double Mind Haze IPA earlier this year.
The Mind Haze Tropical Hazy Mixed Pack features the following three new beers:
Mind Haze “Tiki Smash” IPA
Tiki Smash IPA delivers a tiki-inspired flavor combination born of pure hops and freshly toasted coconut. Original Mind Haze hops including Azacca are now joined by Motueka and Sabro hops. The Azacca portion has been increased to amplify the sense of pineapple tropical character, while Sabro delivers its complementary coconut qualities. “We use an elaborate system to introduce freshly toasted coconut for a smooth, subtle extraction,” Brynildson said. “The resulting beer showcases the special synergy of natural coconut with the tropical hop flavors of Mind Haze.”
Mind Haze “Hopical Crush” IPA
Hopical Crush IPA delivers a double-dry hopped explosion of tropical Mai Tai-inspired flavors, including pineapple and orange. This copiously hopped beer begins by accentuating the original Mind Haze hop blend with the Strata cultivar, which offers up bold pungent fruit and a touch of dank cannabis-like character. The beer is then double dry hopped with twice the amount of hops than usual—ultimately totaling more than five pounds of hops per barrel. The resulting beer exhibits massive flavors that will have you dreaming of Mai Tais on a faraway island.
Mind Haze “Citrus Cyclone” IPA
Citrus Cyclone IPA delivers a head-spinning taste of all the citrus flavors under the sun, finished with a kiss of real tangerine. The base beer is co-fermented with fresh California tangerines. This base is blended back with a separate lot of dry-hopped Mind Haze, then finished off with a final dash of tangerine to elevate the citrusy top note. Along the way, the Mandarina hop adds a distinctive orange character. The result is a remarkably refreshing Mind Haze experience.
To compliment this new lineup of Mind Haze Tropical Hazy IPAs, Firestone Walker has released a sweet looking totem glass. One side of the cerulean blue glass features the Lion and Bear Firestone Walker icons, while the opposite side is decorated with lines reminiscent of tree bark and the words “Firestone Walker Brewing Co.” Available for purchase now at the Firestone Walker online storeand three California locations.
The Mind Haze Tropical Hazy Mixed Pack is rolling out to all Firestone Walker markets in 12-pack, 12-ounce can formats and is also available at each Firestone Walker location in California.
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.