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This article was published 7/12/2018 (1022 days ago), so information in it may no longer be current.
The trend of juicy, cloudy, overly tropical New England IPAs was heating up three years ago in Vermont and Massachusetts and ended up becoming a style that nearly every brewery on the continent ended up brewing.
In Manitoba alone, at least eight of Manitoba’s breweries have dabbled with the overly juicy hopped style of ale.
Winnipeg’s Oxus Brewing has brought out a New England IPA called NEIPULA Ale. NEIPULA is a New England-style IPA double dry hopped heavily with Citra, Mosaic, and Vic Secret hops.
NEIPULA pours a somewhat-cloudy orange body with a bit of a copper hue to it, a good amount of carbonation throughout the body, and a thick, frothy white head on top that diminishes rather quickly to leave behind a mild amount of lacing on the glass.
Your typical New England IPA resembles a glass of orange juice while this one looks more like your typical every day IPA.
The aroma is quite inviting, it has a rich fruity presence of pineapple, orange peel, lemon, and a hint of lime. Following the tropical fruit presence, there’s a bit of a sugary hard candy presence to it.
The tasting profile starts off a tad bitter but with a flavour I can’t really decipher. The tropical sweetness that we saw in the aroma is even more powerful this time around, it’s incredibly sweet with the presence of pineapple, orange, mango and lemon. There’s also a bit of a hint of peppery spiciness that’s tingling just a bit near the back of my mouth. The mouthfeel is mostly dry, and as for the aftertaste.. it’s essentially the aftertaste of when you chew on a fresh slice of apple.
I wasn’t expecting much when NEIPULA wasn’t pouring an overly thick orange-juice like body, but the beer ended up tasting better than I expected. NEIPULA is sweet, tropical and very easy to drink. This is definitely better than many of the NEIPAs I’ve had in the past year, in fact — I’ve sampled so many NEIPAs that I got sick of the style because most breweries can’t make one that stands out, this one definitely stood out for me.
I’m not familiar with Oxus Brewing but they’re located on 1180 Sanford St in Winnipeg, only a stone’s throw from Torque Brewing. I’m glad to see more of the new Manitoban breweries getting their products out here in Brandon, it’s awesome to see such a vibrant craft beer scene in our province.
Oxus’ NEIPULA NEIPA is available at all three main Brandon Liquor Marts for $4 per 473 mL can.
In other brew news:
One thing that grinds my gears this year is that Westman Liquor Marts have been missing out on a lot of product in the past little while. I received an email from the Beau’s rep telling me that MBLL decided not to ship Beau’s New Lang Syne to Brandon, as well — MBLL only shipped enough advent calendars to Brandon for a small family or two. It’s frustrating to miss out on many, many beer releases.
If you’re in Winnipeg, I suggest going to the Quality Craft Beer Store at 685 Weatherdon Ave (off of Pembina & Grant). They have the best beer selection in the entire province, better than any Liquor Mart or beer vendor. They have Muskoka’s amazing Winter Beard Chocolate Cranberry Stout, Les Trois Mousquetaires’ amazing Baltic Porter, Beau’s New Lang Syne Belgian Tripel, and any canned product that Kilter Brewing happens to produce.
Chris and his team are knowledgeable and passionate about their products and even gave my parents some amazing beer recommendations to bring back to Brandon. While you’re in the area, Brazen Hall Brewery & Kitchen is only a one minute drive away!