Adelbert’s Brewery - Passion Fruit Party
- ABV: 7.0%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 60
- Serving Temperature: 45-50º F
- Suggested Glassware: IPA Glass or Pint Glass
- Malts: Pilsner, Wheat, Oats, Carapils (and lactose)
- Hops: Citra, Simcoe, Mosaic
Passion Fruit Party pours a golden orange hue that’s super hazy, as we expect for a “milkshake IPA,” which is essentially a variant of New England-style hazy IPA that’s been brewed with milk sugar (lactose) and, often, fruit – in our case, passion fruit. Adelbert’s takes a rotating hop approach to this beer, altering the hop profile in each batch to keep things fresh and unique each time. Our batch features Citra, Simcoe, and Mosaic, offering loads of tropical fruit aromas bolstered by the actual passion fruit, along with big citrus impressions, stone fruit, and hints of pine. On the palate, the story repeats as this fruit bomb offers up big juicy character amidst a smooth and creamy body, with a fairly firm balancing bitterness. The addition of London Ale III yeast helps give this full-bodied IPA the perfect sweet, fruity finish to round out this beautiful brew. For pairing options, try to complement the bright fruitiness of this hazy IPA. We’re thinking citrus-marinated chicken or white fish with coconut rice and a tropical salsa containing mango, pineapple, and peppers. Curry dishes and a snack of aged cheddar sound good, too. Cheers!
Adelbert’s Brewery was founded in 2011, with the first beer flowing out in early 2012. The brewery itself was started by Scott Hovey, who was a longtime homebrewer prior to going pro, and is a graduate of the Master Brewers Association of the Americas’ Malting and Brewing Science Course. The brewery is named in tribute to his brother, George Adelbert Hovey (1953–2000). “Del,” as he was known, is commemorated with a different brief story about him attached to each of the brewery’s beers. As Scott puts the ethos, “[I’m] immortalizing my brother through my different beers.”
Many of Adelbert’s beers are Belgian-inspired, bottle-conditioned ales, and the brewery puts an extra emphasis on ingredient sourcing and process. The majority of their barley is floor-malted and sourced from the Czech Republic, from a malting house just outside of Prague that dates back to the 1300s. Their specialty malts are purchased from Belgium, and they employ the labor-intensive, decoction-mash technique for their beers. In addition to styles like IPA, porter, and stout, they produce an array of Belgian styles such as saison, witbier, dubbel, tripel, and quadrupel, as well as some sours and even a bière de champagne. Their taproom resides on premises at the brewery and features numerous taps, games, and a food truck known as The Hot Box Diner. For more info, give them a ring at 512-662-1462 or visit www.adelbertsbeer.com.
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