The Milkshake IPA is taking Vancouver by storm. And I’m sure many of you (like me) are wondering…what the heck is a Milkshake IPA!? According to Kerry Dyson of CAMRA Vancouver,
“Milkshake IPAs are less bitter, and have the addition of lactose to increase the sweetness and mouthfeel of the beer. By utilizing some of the newer hop varietals, the tropical aroma and flavour comes through, while lactose is an unfermentable sugar that provides residual sweetness. Sometimes fruit is added to highlight the hop flavour and aroma.”
That perfectly describes the new R&B Brewing Shake Your Fruity Milkshake IPA. Coming in at 7.3% and an IBU of 38, this beer is an IPA that wraps up the bitterness very early on. Each sip has the usual hint of hoppy in an IPA but it doesn’t linger, making it a very crisp drink. It has a bit of a muted citrus nose, not as IN YOUR FACE, as some IPA’s can be. It’s incredibly hazy, which comes from the lactose addition.
This was my first milkshake beer after reading about all the hype. It defintely wasn’t what I expected, which naturally was a THICK dessert like beer. Actually, probably more like a literal milkshake with some beer. That obviously can’t be bottled, so instead, I’ll take this beer. It’s fruity, it’s light, and it’s easy on the bitter. A beer for everyone!