One of the most enduring aspects of craft beer's rise in popularity has been the growth in appreciation for the India Pale Ale style. Known as IPAs, the style, known for its hoppy flavors, has been a hit with enthusiasts across the country. As one sign of the style's popularity, Yellow Rose, an IPA from local brewer Lone Pint, earned a CultureMap Tastemaker Award for Best Local Beer of the Year.
Saint Arnold Brewing Company, Houston's oldest craft brewer, is no stranger to IPAs. It's Elissa IPA and Endeavor double IPA are staples of its year-round offerings, but the brewery detected a thirst for even more hoppy deliciousness. On Thursday, the company released a third year-round IPA to help quench that demand.
Known as Art Car IPA, the beer celebrates Saint Arnold's fleet of art cars and Houston's status as the home of the oldest and longest art car parade in the world. Stylistically, it sets itself apart from both Elissa and Endeavor. It's the first addition to Saint Arnold's year-round offerings since Boiler Room in March 2014.
"Art Car IPA is a great complement to our current IPAs, with more fruit and citrus in the nose and a lighter malt backbone that allows the hops to really shine," said Saint Arnold founder/brewer Brock Wagner in a statement. "But this is not a one dimensional IPA – there is a nice complexity to the flavors. The taste starts with a big bitter blood orange that morphs into mangos and sweet tropical fruits."
Special tapping events will occur across the city on Thursday, which coincides with the fake holiday National IPA Day. Going forward, look for Art Car IPA on draft at bars across the city and eventually in cans.