The milkshake IPA is a relatively new beer style on the market, though we are seeing more and more breweries producing these beers.
Credit for inventing the style is split between Sweden’s Omnipollo brewery (famous for the poo emoji beer labels!!) and Tired Hands from the US (though I’ve never had a beer from this brewery.)
The style is basically a hazy IPA with the addition of lactose, and often a fruit flavour to add something to the taste profile. And that is what we have here – a hazy IPA with the addition of lactose and passionfruit.
It pours somewhat hazy, and if you stick your nose in the glass you won’t miss the passionfruit. I reckon passionfruit is my favourite fruit to add to beer.
There is a sweetness from the malt, as well as the lactose providing a weight to the beer. The passionfruit also comes through in the flavour, adding a little tartness that combines well with the relatively firm hop bitterness.
I’m not really sure I am a fan of the bitterness vs lactose (sweetness) contrast. I enjoyed the beer, but reckon I’d like this beer more just as an IPA with passionfruit. What do you think?