The Milkshake IPA is a tasty variant of a Hazy New England IPA style, with an added bonus: an extensive amount of non-traditional ingredients that create sensations reminiscent of your childhood diner's milkshake. This recipe kit has an amazing depth of flavor: coconut and vanilla, added during fermentation, and tropical notes of pineapple, peach, mango, and passionfruit, driven by Galaxy and Mosaic hops coupled with a unique yeast strain. To wrap it all together, lactose, added straight to the boil, produces creaminess and subtle dairy-like sweetness. Some of these ingredients are in tight supply, so try it out today.
DISCLAIMER: Northern Brewer is not liable for any intense daydreams of crystal-clear waves and sand in your toes that may result from pouring a pint of Hula Hop’d Coconut Milkshake IPA. This beer is truly a vacation in a glass.
- Style: Specialty IPA
- Fermentation Range: 65-80°F
- Original Gravity: 1.060
- SRM: 3
- IBUs: 35
- ABV: 6.4%
- Aroma: Complex aromas of coconut, vanilla, and tropical fruits. Faint, clean cracker malt notes.
- Appearance: Light golden in color with considerable haze and a dense, lasting brilliantly white foam head.
- Flavor: Huge varieties of flavors prominently dominated by a combination of coconut and hop and yeast-driven fruity tones of pineapple, mango, passion fruit, and peach. Low to moderate bitterness is balanced with undertones of slight vanilla and lactose sweetness.
- Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-high body with considerable mouthfeel and creaminess. Sips smoothly and lingers on the palate well after swallowing.
These days, New England IPAs are all the rage and it is only natural that creative brewers have adapted this new style to include a variant of its very own - The Milkshake IPA. Attributed to a Swedish brewery, Milkshake IPAs have gained popularity in the US at a staggering rate and show no signs of slowing. This recipe is defined by the use of lactose in the boil, low bitterness, massive hop flavor, and fermentor additions meant to simulate flavors of the classic milkshake.
Hula Hop’d Coconut Milkshake IPA is our rendition on this emerging variant. Utilizing lactose and vanilla gives this recipe its signature mouthfeel and flavor, while large late and post-boil hop additions provide prominent tropical fruit flavors of mango and passion fruit. The unique yeast paired with this recipe serves to provide even more fruit flavors of pineapple and peach, while leaving a significant haze, another hallmark of this style.
Towards the end of fermentation, yet more Mosaic and Galaxy are added along with coconut to round out the intricately complex flavor profile. There is a lot going on in this beer and it may seem like an odd mix of ingredients, but the result is anything but odd - it’s truly delicious and some have said that it reminds them of a pina colada. Do you like getting caught in the rain?
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|Total Time to Make||6 weeks|
|Beer Style||New England IPA|
I love hazy New England IPAs. This kit is totally worth the money. It comes with tons of coconut and eight vanilla beans. This might be one of the best Beers I’ve ever made. I Suggest using a muslin bag for the coconut in the secondary.
As I write this I've just taken the roasted coconut out of the oven. I also just opened the bag of vanilla beans that remained sealed till today. Because of everything going on it took an additional 5 days to move my beer to the secondary fermenter. The beans are mold covered. Every experience with Midwest has been awesome so far and they can't predict every possibility, so I'm certainly not faulting them, just be prepared to have to buy your own vanilla so you don't get a little surprise like I just did.
I'll update on the end result later.
I wanted to try some new things and brew a beer that is easy drinking with some character. This beer really came through. I never brewed with lactose, coconut or vanilla bean before, so was not really sure what to expect. I am blown away with how incredibly well the flavors work together. There is a constant chord of coconut and the coconut and the floral notes of the hops are a little more center stage on the flavor profile, but not overwhelmingly so. The vanilla really plays a subtle note in the background and I assume the lactose is what gives it that subtle hint of cream...again none of these flavors are overly pronounced...this is the most complicated and most balanced flavor profile I have ever had in a home brew.
I had a friend try it who is a regular at many of the breweries in the Twin Cities area and he was really impressed with it and could not get over how smooth it is. This is by far the smoothest drinking beer I have brewed and quite honestly one of the smoothest beers I have ever drank...there is a hint of bitterness from the hops, but it never fully presents itself or bites on the back end. I couldn't be happier with how this beer turned out and it is one I am putting at the front of my list for summer day drinkers I brew.
This kit is expensive but worth every penny in my opinion and I will definitely buy it again. The only downside to brewing this beer is the mass of the coconut. I brew 15 gallons at a time and my demi-john in second stage was a bit overwhelmed with all the material. It would have been better to have a 25 gallon vessel to handle the 15 gallons of liquid and there is more work involved in pulling out some of the coconut for easier siphoning. I was hoping it would eventually sink to the bottom, but its too buoyant. This also makes it so the beer is not as clear, but like the previous review, not the worst thing in the world for a home brew.
This is the best kit I have gotten from Midwest Supplies!
I just racked and kegged this one, and I can't wait until it has conditioned and I can drink it for real. And I mean, I really might not be able to wait! The gravity came in spot on, with an ABV% of 5.9, and the flavors and mouthfeel are amazing. It has a mildly creamy feel with fruity notes in and among the hops, and that was just the flat version I tasted in passing on its way to the keg.
The thing that was new for me was the addition of the toasted coconut and vanilla, and I wondered how I'd transfer the beer from the carboy, which had about 4 inches worth of coconut floating in a raft on top, along with the intermingled spots of the saturated dry hops, without also transferring a bunch of coconut bits. I wasn't entirely successful, and a small amount of coconut is in the keg as well, but it's not the worst thing that can end up in a sip of home-brewed beer. I'll just consider it part of the unique nature of this beer, and I can't wait to share it!