I can remember when the first one arrived. Now I feel like an old Seattle beer geek and I’ve only lived here for 4 years now. Well, maybe I’m not that old. Maybe it’s just that NBB and Elysian are that damn prolific. Actually yeah, they really are prolific. The fact that Elysian can (and periodically does) do a tap takeover at their own brewpub, and NBB has more offerings in their Lips of Faith line than many breweries do in their entire portfolio, is more than enough proof.
For a great summary of the previous Trip beers, please check out our article from September of last year here.
Without further adieu, check out the dazzling details on Trip VIII below (courtesy of beernews.org).
The Trip VIII Imperial IPA was brewed at Elysian Capitol Hill with the help of Alex Jesse visiting from New Belgium.
“The main idea behind Trip VIII was to brew a true Northwestern Imperial IPA, instead of a Californian or American IPA….I thought the whole story behind the Falconers Flight hops was really cool: a blend of NW hops to commemorate a NW brewing Legend and help send brewers to Seibel was awesome… The craziest part was I had no idea that Markus from Elysian was the first scholarship winner! The Pale Malt is grown and malted in the NW also.” – Alex Jesse, New Belgium Brewing Co.
These newfangled Falconers Flight hops have been showing up a lot in NW brews lately. They are said to “imparting distinct tropical, citrus, floral, lemon and grapefruit tones”. Sounds awesome!