Oskar Blue Brewery and Hotbox Roasters Collaborate to Create Hotbox Coffee IPA

hotboxcoffeeipabanner_editedOskar Blues Brewery (Longmont, Colorado) has officially announced that Hotbox Coffee IPA will arrive in March as the brewery’s new spring Seasonal.

To take their coffee-infused beer collaborations to another level, Oskar Blues Brewery and Hotbox Roasters have decided to move in a more hop-centric direction this time around with the creation of Hotbox Coffee IPA.  This new seasonal starts with an American India Pale Ale foundation built from notes of “pine, citrus and mango from Simcoe hops.” The beer is then dosed with cold brew extract made from Ethiopian coffee beans – “sourced from a family farm in the East African nation exclusively for this beer” – to impart added tones of “cream, blueberry and cocoa.”  This all results in a 7.2% ABV, coffee-laced hop bomb that truly makes “strange bedfellows of uppers and downers.”

“We believe the citrus and fruit aromatics of an IPA, derived from the intense hops, pair well with the fruit of the coffee to produce a great, flavor-packed beer,” said Tim Matthews, head of brewing operations at Oskar Blues Brewery. “The combination of coffee and hops in the Hotbox IPA serve to compliment and reinforce the delicious flavors and aromas both offer in this match up.”

Hotbox Coffee IPA will make its official debut at the following three, simultaneous release parties hosted by the taprooms of Oskar Blues:

If you cannot make it to the launch events listed above, do not fret because this offering will then be sent out for distribution beginning in March.  Hotbox Coffee IPA will be available in 4-packs of 12 oz. cans and on draft at craft beer-friendly establishments in Alabama, Florida and the remaining 48 states that comprise the Oskar Blues distribution network.  Although this Spring Seasonal will officially be available until May, you should not expect this one to last long on the shelves of your local beer shop.  Grab ’em when you see ’em.  Prost!

Vital Information for Hotbox Coffee IPA from Oskar Blues Brewery

Release – Spring Seasonal, March to May 2017
Style – American India Pale Ale
ABV – 7.2%
IBUs – 70
Featured Hop – Simcoe

Added Ingredients – Ethiopian coffee beans
Availability – 4-packs of 12 oz. cans & draft
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