In this beer blog, we are going to get into Boomerang IPA from Sierra Nevada. This beer came out of the their new Snow Pack Sampler pack. This is the only way to enjoy this brew. If you read my earlier beer blog posts on their beers, you know the history of this West Coast craft brewery. If you have not, please, read them to get to know this American craft brewery. Let us get into this IPA.
This India Pale Ale has a clear golden color with a nice white constant head. The smell has a citrus notes. The taste has a citrus notes with a dry bitter aftertaste. It is a pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Boomerrang is an American IPA that slings fruit-forward and floral flavors of Australian hops for an assertive intercontinental escape from winter’s grasp.
Over the years we’ve developed a love for hops from the Southern Hemisphere. These ‘down under” varietals taste like no other, and we’ve thrown heaps of them into Boomrang IPA to showcase their unique tropical, floral and fruity aromas.
Here is a description from their website (www.sierranevada.com):
Certain regions produce hops whose flavors are simply unlike any others. This is the case for many of the hops coming out of the Southern Hemisphere—specifically, those from Australia where the hops are famous for their floral character and enticing fruit-forward aromas. These one-of-a-kind hops were the inspiration for Boomerang, a “Yankee-Aussie” IPA featuring the light malt body of an American IPA blended with the robust flavors of Southern Hemisphere hops.
Hop farmers, breeders, brewers and brokers are always looking for new and interesting hop varietals with compelling flavor characteristics and intriguing properties. Sierra Nevada has a unique relationship with hop growers and often has access to limited and experimental varieties. Some of the varietals, while interesting, don’t add enough value and never make it into commercial production, while others—like the recent hop Citra—take the brewing world by storm. Every day new varietals are being tested and some have become signature flavors for Sierra Nevada.
We work hard to get strong hop flavors into our beers and one of the ways we do that is through dry hopping. Dry hopping refers to the addition of whole-cone hops to the fermentation tanks. The addition of hops to cold beer allows the aromatic oils and resins to infuse the beer with flavor and aroma without adding any additional bitterness.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing, I loved this beer. I just wish it was one of their everyday beers. I understand why it is not one of their everyday six-pack. They are using a special hops just like their single hop and harvest ales. It makes a ton of senses why it is in their sampler pack. There is some nice tropical to floral notes. I really enjoyed aroma and taste profile from this beer because of the hops they picked in it. There is a nice well build malty backbone. Sierra Nevada has proved with this beer alone that they are pushing the limits of craft brewery. If you can find this sampler pack, I highly recommend you trying this beer. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser