Firestone Walker Brewing adds Double Hopnosis Imperial IPA to its lineup, but only in 19.2oz cans.
In recent years, one of the surprise hits in the beer industry is high ABV strength beers that are packaged in 19.2oz cans for convenience store sales. Firestone Walker Brewing has entered the mix with Double Hopnosis Imperial IPA. Solely packaged in the popular C-store single serve can size, this new Imperial IPA will bring Firestone Walker into the fold.
Double Hopnosis is an Imperial Cold IPA that is an extension of the brewery’s Hopnosis IPA that debuted last year. Whereas Hopnosis IPA is at 6.7% ABV and 45 IBUs, Double Hopnosis sits at 8.3% ABV and 70 IBUs.
“Double Hopnosis is brewed with our favorite emerging hops from the Pacific Northwest and Southern Hemisphere, then extravagantly double dry-hopped with Cryo Hops® to take the flavors and mouthfeel to the next level,” said Brewmaster Matt Brynildson, in a statement. “We call this our new-school rendition of a classic imperial West Coast IPA.”
Double Hopnosis is dry hopped with liberal amounts of Mosaic Cryo Hops® as well as Citra, Chinook and Vic Secret, and is brewed with a total of nearly five pounds of hops per barrel. Cryo Hops® are made by collecting the concentrated lupulin from whole-leaf hops, which contains the pure resins for bitterness and aromatic oils.
“Cryo Hops® play the same role in Double Hopnosis as they do in the original Hopnosis: provide intense hop aroma and flavor with incredible integration, enabling us to make a hop-forward beer that is low in bitterness, super smooth, and delicious,” Brynildson said.
Like Hopnosis, Double Hopnosis is also fermented with Firestone Walker’s house lager yeast in the Cold IPA style, and it employs proprietary hopping techniques to push tropical thiols to the forefront of the aromatic profile.
“Double Hopnosis has roots in the original era of West Coast imperial IPAs while showcasing the Cold IPA style,” Brynildson said. “The overall experience is modernized by a lower impression of bitterness, a higher rate of tropical character and a new achievement of balance and drinkability.”
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.