Our Moo Juice IPA only comes around once a year, but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming a favorite of Joymongers regulars. It is special in that it is one of our only beers that has a “name,” rather than our menu boards simply listing its style and over the years that name has led to a lot of questions!
Why does this IPA have a name? Why is it called Moo Juice? What makes it different from other Joymongers IPAs?
WHAT MAKES A MOO JUICE IPA
All told, the entire brewing process for a Moo Juice IPA takes about two weeks. The Moo Juice is brewed with Mosaic hops, then dry-hopped and conditioned with additional Mosaic, lending more of the hop aroma and flavor, and developing a bold, juicy citrus flavor. For the unfamiliar, conditioning is simply the process during which the finished beer is clarified of hop particles and carbonated. However, it’s the addition of lactose sugar during the boil that sets the Moo Juice apart from our other IPA offerings.
WHAT IS LACTOSE SUGAR? AND WHY USE IT?
Lactose sugar is a sugar present in cow’s milk that yeast is unable to consume, and thus is non-fermentable. Most sugar turns into alcohol during the brewing process but because lactose sugar remains in the beer instead of fermenting out it creates a creamy sweetness in the final product.
Lactose sugar was first used in brewing sweet stouts in the UK nearly a century ago, hence the term “milk stout.” The craft of brewing has evolved a lot since then, and formerly established style guidelines have begun to blur with consumers, so many brewers are experimenting with ingredients like lactose in other beer recipes. Beers like fruity, juicy IPAs benefit greatly with the addition of the smooth hint of sweetness that lactose can provide, and creative expressions of hoppy beers are exciting to see in breweries around the world.
WHAT STYLE IS THE MOO JUICE?
Part of the reason we gave the Moo Juice a name is it does not fit perfectly into one style. It is not quite a Milkshake IPA, as those tend to include fruit puree and additional grains to create a more thick, smoothie-like consistency. And while it does have the same juicy flavor and low bitterness that the hazy NE style is known for it is not quite a hazy, New England style IPA because we have included the lactose sugar.
Instead, the Moo Juice falls somewhere in between the two. It has a little moo, it has a little juice! Thus, the Moo Juice IPA was born…
WAIT, SO THERE’S MILK IN MY BEER!
Well, technically there’s milk (lactose) sugars in a Moo Juice IPA, and although the final volume in your glass might be miniscule, if you’re sensitive to lactose, it may not be the right beer for you.
If you’re wondering if it’s going to make your beer taste milky, the answer is no. The sugar makes the final beer less bitter, more smooth and easy to drink. The resulting flavor is a delicious hoppy punch of juicy orange with subtle sweetness.
WHEN CAN I GET IT?
Joymongers rotating and free flowing system means there’s not an exact date on the calendar. But, the Moo Juice typically emerges onto our menu in late summer, so mark your calendars now for this tasty beer to arrive then!