The no hop “IPA”

We’ve seen IPAs with more IBUs than the tongue can perceive, so it was probably only a matter of time before an IPA came out with a whopping zero IBUs. That’s exactly what Flying Dog and BrewDog attempt to achieve with its forthcoming collaboration: the International Arms Race Zero IBU IPA, an “IPA”—or what sounds like a gruit—that swaps out hops for spearmint, bay leaves, rosemary, juniper berries and elderflower.

I’d love to see the popularization of the gruit style. By definition, it omits hops—an obvious strike against it in this hop-forward market—but like saisons, there’s so much room for variation and creativity. Gruits also give us a reason to drink crazy ingredients like sage and bog myrtle.

Like we’ve seen in previous collaborations with Deschutes and Boulevard, both breweries will make its own version of the beer, then release it simultaneously this June in the mid-Atlantic U.S. and throughout the U.K.

Are you ready to enjoy a beer sans hops?

Posted on Tuesday, March 27th, 2012