Gaia, or Mother Earth, has been a sort of launch pad for us. It is the brew that sent us into exploratory overdrive. Of course, we were already busy exploring the vast universe of beers, but this West Coast IPA is what rocketed us towards new galaxies of flavor. New worlds of taste – Porters, Double IPAs, Barley Wines, Imperial Stouts and Sours – could have only been reached through our work on Gaia.
When enjoying Gaia, you will likely taste the aromas of grapefruit, passion fruit, cannabis and pine. For us she is a brew at the pinnacle of fertility, yet without being too forward. She is impregnated with five kinds of American hops, but has a round body that supports this bitterness. Gaia conjoins earthly fertility with cosmic inspiration; a brew that opens a threshold through which to explore the many jungles of our universe.
From recipe, to brew, all the way to the label, this beer radiates something both earthy and cosmically interstellar. Don’t you agree? We suggest you cozy up with friends, Gaia in hand, and discuss the larger metaphysics of this beer, and life in general.
Gaia is an American, West Coast-style IPA. Here we not only amped up the hops, but everything else too!
The beer starts with a solid layer of base and some colored malts, which results in a 7% ABV beer. The malt bill and mashing regime of Gaia is all about creating enough body to mellow out its bitterness. By using hop varieties high in alpha acids during the boil – in order to derive sufficient flavor – it is crucial to counter the bitterness of these hop additions with the base beer.
We use four different American hop varieties – Cascade, Columbus, Chinook and Centennial – throughout the boil, which contribute piney and resinous flavors. Post-fermentation we dry hop with the same four hop varieties plus Amarillo, which lends a bit of fruitiness.
Gaia is literally the mother of Mama – not just because it has more hops, but since it also uses the same yeast strain that is both clean and slightly sweet.
Malts | Pale Ale Malt, Biscuit Malt
Hops | Cascade, Chinook, Columbus, Centennial, Amarillo
Yeasts | English Ale Yeast
Spicing | None