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Great Divide Introduces Hop Disciples Rotating Hop Project IPA
Introduces Hop Disciples Rotating Hop Project IPA
This month Great Divide Brewing Company will introduce the first
edition of their new Hop Disciples Rotating Hop Project IPA. Hop
Disciples takes a bright, clean IPA and puts a different hop variety
at the forefront of the sensory experience every year. The inaugural
release features Idaho 7, which shows up punching with aromas of
orange zest and stone fruit complemented by a hint of black tea
leaves. With a golden blonde hue and an approachable 6.2 percent ABV,
this IPA is just tough enough to kick 2016 to the curb and give
people something to celebrate in the New Year.
“We receive different experimental hops to play around with on our
pilot system each year, and this past year we were really blown away by the
aromatics and flavor of the Idaho 7,” said Bob Malone, special operations at
Great Divide Brewing Company. “We decided we needed to showcase them on a larger
scale, and the idea of taking Hop Disciples to package was born.”
The name “Hop Disciples” has history with the Colorado brewery and was the
inspiration behind the beer. Born in 2008, Hop Disciples is a free education
program hosted by Great Divide brewers as a way to share their passion and
knowledge of beer with homebrewers, craft beer fans, and individuals who are
curious about the industry.
Using the motivation behind the program, the brewery decided to keep the name
and spirit of Hop Disciples alive by creating a new seasonal beer with it. The
packaging pays homage to the program and its original “biker” design, which was
emblazoned on sweatshirts, hats and tees throughout the program's lifetime. As a
rotating hop series, Hop Disciples will give the brewers the chance to showcase
unique hop varieties each year, leaving the base recipe unchanged to really
highlight the magnitude of difference that each hop can make.
Hop Disciples will be the first release in the Tank Farm Series for 2017 and
will replace Old Ruffian Barley Wine. The Tank Farm Series is an opportunity for
Great Divide to showcase experimental styles outside of the seasonal six-packs
or Barrel Aged Beers. The series includes Nadia Kali Hibiscus Saison and Fresh
Hop Pale Ale, both of which will be released later this year.
“We know that many people, including myself, will surely miss Old Ruffian,” said
Brian Dunn, founder and president of Great Divide Brewing Company. “In order for
us to continue to innovate we sometimes have to put great beers into retirement
to open up capacity and to push ourselves as a brewery."
Hop Disciples is now available in 6-packs and on draft nationwide through April.
Founded by Brian Dunn in 1994, Denver-based Great Divide Brewing
Company has landed an impressive amount of acclaim, earning 18 Great
American Beer Festival medals, five World Beer Cup Awards and 14
spots on BeerAdvocate’s “Top Rated Beers: Colorado” (2015).
RateBeer.com named Great Divide among the “Top Brewers In the World”
(2014), and “Top Brewer in Colorado” (2013) and 12th on their list
of “Best Brewers In The World” (2013). At Great Divide, Bold
Character is not just a catchphrase. It is philosophy behind what
they brew, how they think and what they believe. For more
information visit www.greatdivide.com.