80 East to El Dorado
Style: New England IPA / Hazy IPA
Grain: Pilsner, Wheat, Oats
Hops: Citra, Mosaic, El Dorado
Fermented with a blend of English and American yeast
Tasting notes: Intense grapefruit, cantaloupe, and floral herbs against light bready malt
Pair with: Moho Tacos, Tuna Poke, The Farmers Garden
I think the first 80 East release proved that people like the framework. Ariana can be a tricky hop to work with and considering how well received it was, I'm excited to see what people think of versions with easier and better known hop varieties. To be clear, this is the same beer as last time, but it's also quite different. I made some tweaks to the grain bill to bump up the body and ABV a smidge. The real change comes from swapping out Ariana with El Dorado.
I was introduced to El Dorado a few years ago. I was looking for a hop that expressed cherry notes for an IPA inspired by the Manhattan cocktail (which I'll surely brew at TSB soon!). The owner of the local homebrew shop suggested El Dorado and it instantly became one of my favorites. It does express some cherry, but what I really get is candied pear and watermelon. I started using it in multiple different beers, including The Gold where it's still there today.
I'm thinking we'll head to Amarillo next...