Zipline Brewing Company - Alpha Modern IPA
- ABV: 5.4%
- Bottle Size: 12-oz
- Serving Temperature: 43-48º F
- Suggested Glassware: IPA Glass, Pint Glass
- Malts: Pilsner, Red Wheat, Maris Otter, Flaked Barley, Wheat
- Hops: Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe
Zipline's Alpha Modern is a somewhat different sort of IPA than we're used to. The brewers set out to craft a fairly sessionable IPA without the common pitfalls of a loss of flavor and body. To this end, they've left the beer unfiltered (which has become super popular these days with the "New England" style of IPA) so as not to rob the beer of any heft unnecessarily. They've also added a lot of hops here, and it shows in the flavor. Pouring a super hazy straw color with a big, rocky head of crisp white foam, Alpha Modern offers up various fruity aromas including grapefruit-like citrus tones, a good deal of melon, a touch of mango, stone fruits, and a touch of pine. In the flavor, look for this brew to come through intensely fruity and with firm, resinous bitterness. Citrus zest clings to the palate while those tropical and stone fruit notes further elaborate the hop character. The body is smooth, and the overall impression is of an IPA that's very crisp and quenching. Enjoy this brew at your next cookout with grilled chicken, burgers, and hot dogs, or with spicy Asian fusion dishes. Cheers!
Zipline Brewing Company in Lincoln, Nebraska first started production back in 2012, focused on making high-quality beers and building up a sustainable community around those beers that the brewery would be able to support. While the brewery started with just one of their three brewery founders, Marcus Powers, as the company’s lone employee, in just a few years Zipline grew to about 40 employees.
Since their opening, the brewery has quickly grown to the full capacity of their production system, and they decided to respond to that constraint by focusing on their nearby markets and adding retail locations. Zipline’s first taproom opened up in 2013 adjacent to their brewery in Lincoln, and they opened the Zipline Beer Hall in November 2016, the latter also in Lincoln, but focusing more on a beer-garden vibe. The brewery’s third taproom opened in summer 2017, in northern downtown Omaha, with more of an urban industrial vibe, and Zipline opened their Culture Lab facility (focusing on mixed-fermentation beers and wild projects) there in February of 2019. For good measure, Zipline’s fourth taproom, the Zipline Beer Lounge, opened in Omaha in summer of 2019.
Currently, Zipline produces nine year-round brews, plus a wide array of seasonal, small-batch, and barrel-aged beers, including a few that we’ve featured in our Rare Beer Club, such as their delicious MAAANGO! IPA. For more info on the brewery and their multiple locations in Nebraska, give 'em a ring at 402-475-1001 or visit ziplinebrewing.com.
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