Oskar Blues Brewery’s new fruited summer seasonal “Fugli Yuzu & Ugli Fruit IPA” may be one of the most difficult and awkward named beers to date from such a large mainstream craft brewery. Though I would not want to call out its name when ordering at a bar, the three different fruits and Mosaic hop combination sounds intriguing.
More from the press release:
Fugli consists of an uncommon cross-continental combination. Yuzu is an exotic, tangy dumpy looking lemon from Japan. Living up to its name, Jamaican ugli fruit is an aesthetic nightmare with a surprisingly tasty tangerine-and-grapefruit flavor. Rangpur, grown in Bangladesh, is a lemon and orange hybrid.
“FUGLI was inspired by a collaboration with Japan’s Yo-Ho Brewing Company that everyone here loved,” said Head of Brewing Operations Tim Matthews. “We felt we could take it to another level so we added more fruits, paired them with zesty mosaic hops, and started messing around with a light malt bill that gives a full mouthfeel.”
This juicy, fresh and aromatic Fugli IPA clocks in at 5.8% ABV and 60 IBUs, making it immensely crushable for wherever summer takes ya.
Matthews said of the amalgam of citrus flavors, “Together, it’s like an orange, that’s like a lemon, that’s like an orange; but with subtle exotic flavors that blend in a unique way. The high salt profile of the water really brings out the tanginess.”
“Leave it to Oskar Blues to use some obscure ingredients,” laughed Juice Drapeau, Head Brewer at the original Lyons brewpub. “Like rangpur – I had never heard of rangpur before, and it sounds like something from a dirty joke, but it’s actually a fruit with an intense lime flavor.”
“It’s crisp and clean, not too bitter, and not too fruity,” said Drapeau. “The fruits play nice with the hops, and the malt bill lets the citrus flavors pop. It’s very drinkable – top of the list for outdoor day-drinking.”
Oskar Blues’ three taprooms will each host release parties to launch the FUGLI YUZU & UGLI FRUIT IPA
Brevard, NC: Friday, May 5th, Details here
Austin, TX: Friday, May 5th, Details here
Longmont, CO: Saturday, May 6th, Details here
This seasonal release will be available nationwide May through August in 12oz. canned (duh… what else?) six-packs and draft.
Check out oskarblues.com/beerfinder to locate the nearest watering hole or store carrying FUGLI IPA.
About Oskar Blues Brewery
Founded 20 years ago in Lyons, Colorado, Oskar Blues Brewery launched the craft beer-in-a-can apocalypse with their hand-canned, flagship brew Dale’s Pale Ale. Today, Oskar Blues is one of the fastest growing breweries in the country and operates breweries in Colorado, North Carolina and Texas. Oskar Blues produced more than 200,000 barrels in 2016 and Dale’s Pale Ale earned the nation’s top-selling craft can six-pack at U.S supermarkets. The original craft beer canners continue to push innovation with creations like The CROWLER, Hotbox Coffee Roasters, B. Stiff & Sons Old Fashioned Sodas, The Oak Room, Oskar Blues Fooderies, REEB Cycles and the cycling inspired accommodations and event space at REEB Ranch in North Carolina. Oskar Blues is available in all 50 U.S. states, Washington, D.C., parts of Canada, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Norway, Finland, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, the U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Chile, Brazil, and South Korea.
In 2013, Oskar Blues founder Dale Katechis launched the CAN’d Aid Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose “do-goodery” has raised $2.6 million in four focused areas:
Towns – building strong communities
Tunes – for your eyeholes and earholes
Treads + Trails – get outside and get after it
Love Yur Mama – save the blue marble
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