Cloudwater have caused a bit of a stir in recent times. On the 7th November 2015, they released their first limited editon Double IPA (DIPA), the start of a quest to build the perfect DIPA. This went to 100 stockists around the country. I had no chance of getting hold of any.
In February 2016, DIPA v2 came out, made with Citra and Chinook hops from the 2015 harvest and the same malt and yeast as v1. Pre-release orders came in for more than double the amount brewed.
DIPA v3 was released in April 2016. I couldn’t get hold of any (until now). Version 3 was made with Vermont ale yeast, Golden Promise malt, and Citra, Chinook, US Comet, and Mosaic hops. I’m going to open mine and try it very soon. You’ve probably worked out that I do love a good IPA/DIPA/IIPA etc.
DIPA v4 and v5 came out at the same time (29th June 2016). At this point, they became almost more of a chemistry experiment than a beer, with different dry hop timings used during brewing to see what the effect would be. Emma from Crema’s Beer Odyssey wrote a great blog post about this which goes into the science as well as looking at some of the whining that accompanied the release of these two beers.
Cloudwater wanted you to try them out side by side and maybe blend them together and see what worked best for you. Once you’d done that, why not then tell them what you thought so that they could make something better. Crowdsourcing beer at its finest. A great idea in my opinion. Although not everyone saw it that way (read Emma’s post for more, unless you’re sick of experts like Michael Gove was).
So, this weekend, they released v6 and v7. I’ve been lucky enough to get hold of some thanks to the lovely Sean at The Needle & Pin who got some in and invited pre-orders. I picked mine up (along with a v3 and a couple of others) tonight.
I’m looking forward to being part of this next experiment very soon, drinking beer and sharing feedback with the people that made it. The early reports suggest that v6 is quite special. It seems that v8 will be on the way soon too, influenced by the results of the v4/v5 experiment.
If you want to get hold of some v6 and v7, this awesome map might be of use, but don’t wait too long…