Posted by IPA on March 7, 2013


Pumpernickel and Blood Orange IPA? Oh my.

We’ve come to expect the unexpected from those outside-the-box thinkers at Flying Dog, the people who brought you Snake Dog IPA. Maybe it’s the unmistakable Steadman labels, maybe it’s the hysterically explicit names, or maybe it was just the Oyster Stout, hard to say. But we were still left scratching our heads upon hearing about their upcoming Pumpernickel IPA, then downright intrigued when the official Flying Dog Blog reported that they will be following that act up with a Blood Orange IPA as well. 

Now before any of you get too excited you should know that these will both be very limited releases available only on draft. But we still can’t help but wonder if these wild excursions off the beaten IPA path are just some quirky aberrations by a few mad-brewing-scientists, or perhaps a sign of things to come. With the IPA sections in our beer stores growing larger and larger by the day, there is perhaps sound motivation for breweries to take increasing risks and try new things in order to help their products stand out on the shelf. Nothing ventured, nothing gained as they say. Plus it helps ensure things won’t ever get boring, that’s for sure.

We ourselves always welcome innovation and new takes on IPA, since the vast range to choose from out there is a large part of why we dig the style so much in the first place. So long as it tastes good, that’s all that matters. We’ll always try anything with an open-mind and an eager palate, no matter what the future may bring for this beloved style... Unless someone someday releases an Oyster IPA, working up the courage to sip on that one may take us a hot minute first.

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