One summer tradition has come to an end from Sierra Nevada Brewing as its once popular summer seasonal, Summerfest Czech-Style Pilsner, has come to an end. With new beers trending, the long summer stalwart is being replaced by Summer Break Session Hazy IPA in hopes of bringing a bit more excitement to the brewery’s summer beer release.
Summer Break Hazy IPA is a new low alcohol beer at 4.6% ABV that’s designed for the long days of summer. This session IPA is light with full, bold hoppy flavors in the trendy hazy IPA category.
“Combining these two styles–a light and easy session IPA and a juicy full-flavored hazy IPA—is no easy feat,” said Joe Whitney, Chief Commercial Officer at Sierra Nevada Brewing Co, in a statement. “But we were determined to brew a beer that could be enjoyed on our own adventures. So, we were really motivated to innovate in this way and develop an insanely flavorful yet crushable beer.”
Pouring a pleasant hazy golden color, Summer Break Hazy IPA is not as turbid as other hazy IPAs as it appears closer to Sierra Nevada’s top selling Hazy Little Thing IPA. The Chinook, Simcoe, Comet, Mosaic, Amarillo, and Strisselspalt Hops are well balanced by the malt bill of Two-row Pale, Oats, and Wheat. Overall, Summer Break Hazy IPA is an easy drinking, juicy IPA, one that’s going to be great for your summer beer cooler.
“Summer Break is an ideal combo of very impactful hop character in both flavor and aroma,” explained Scott Jennings, Innovation Brewmaster at Sierra Nevada, in a statement. “It really pops. We’ve worked to make sure it’s not too thin, but has the right mouthfeel that really satisfies.”
Summer Break Hazy IPA is now available in draft, and 12oz cans in six-packs, 12-packs, and 24-packs, through the month of July.
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.