Searching for non-alcoholic beer has become much easier as more and more breweries continue to enter this growing market segment. Lagunitas Brewing is the latest to join enter this category with its IPNA. Yes, an India Pale Non-Alcoholic beer that is as close as one can get to an IPA without the alcohol and arriving with less calories!
IPNA joins the already available Hoppy Refresher, parking hop water with zero carbs and zero calories that was launched a few years ago. To brew a non-alcoholic beer that has aromas, flavors and body of a beer with alcohol is no easy task but was led by a labor of love from the Lagunitas brew team.
Known for its ample use of hops, Lagunitas set forth to brew a non-alcoholic IPA that’s modeled after its flagship Lagunitas IPA. After numerous trials, Lagunitas brewed its IPNA with the same ingredients found in its alcoholic IPAs – hops, malt, yeast & water – to create a non-alcoholic beer that is perfect when life doesn’t allow for alcohol consumption.
Upon pouring a 12oz bottle of IPNA, prominent hop aromas of tropical fruits and a bit of pine come forth with its massive dry-hopping of Citra, Mosaic, and CTZ (Columbus, Tomahawk & Zeus) hops from our neighbors to the north in the Yakima Valley. To create this light bodied NA beer, IPNA uses English Crystal, Canadian 2-Row Barley, and Munich Malt. The result is a pleasant non-alcoholic IPA that offers a medium mouthfeel with 80 calories and 18g of carbs. With an IPNA in hand, a workday lunch is now much more inviting!
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.