The latest release from Dogfish Head is Where the Wild Hops Are IPA, part of their annual Off-Centered Art Series.
Where the Wild Hops Are IPA is an unfiltered, hazy IPA made with four hop varieties. It’s available now, nationwide.
Dogfish Head Craft Brewery’s Off-Centered Art Series is a yearly collection of four limited-edition beers featuring artwork by a different collaborating artist. The brewery’s featured artist for 2022 is Max Mahn, a printmaker and illustrator from Missoula, Montana. His work includes gig posters for My Morning Jacket, Ween, Wilco, Disco Biscuits and more.
“I’ve been drawing weird things for as long as I can remember,” said Mahn. “Most of my posters are based off lyrics or the general sound/aesthetic of that specific band. Those things don’t exist for a beer. For beer, I’m personally creating the aesthetic for that specific drink. So, it was fun to think up different imagery and stories that would in the end define the beer itself.”
Where the Wild Hops Are is 6.5% ABV. The hops bill included Zappa, Amarillo, Comet and Sabro, blended with a touch of wild ale aged for four years in French Oak barrels.
The result is a blend of citrus meets dank, the company reports, rounded out by a bit of wild funk. The beer has a hazy pale gold color, slightly tart-yet-juicy fruit flavors and dry, oak-tinged finish.
Mahn’s label artwork for Where the Wild Hops Are features an old-school box trap baited by a large hop cone.
“Here at Dogfish Head, we see brewing as a work of art; the creative interaction between traditional brewing, off-centered techniques and high-quality culinary ingredients being our medium and drinkers, our muse,” says Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head Founder & Brewer. “We were so excited about Max’s interpretation of Where the Wild Hops Are that we decided to create a limited-edition, long-sleeve T-shirt and a gig poster of our own, so drinkers can not only taste the art through the beer, but they can also wear it or display it in their home.”
Dogfish Head’s 2022 Off-Centered Art Series includes Where the Wild Hops Are, the brewery’s existing Punkin Ale and two other all-new innovations, Mandarin Orange & Mango Crush and Crimson Cru.