Brewview#61: Double Blueberry Milkshake IPA Collaboration between Big Ditch Brewing Company and K2 Brothers Brewing

I’m back much sooner than I thought I would be after the arrival of my son, Benjamin. To say I’m excited for this Brewview would be an extreme understatement because after growing my spawn for 9 months my wife can finally rejoin me in consumption. If I’m not mistaken she has missed out on nearly 30 Brewviews during her gestational period. It feels great to have my drinking partner back in action.

Let’s get to the beer….

The Beer: Double Bluebrry Milkshake IPA Collab between Big Ditch and K2 Brothers

ABV: 8.0% IBU: N/A

Hops: Mosaic

Citra

Malts: 2-Row

Oat

Flaked Oats

Lactose

Brewer’s Statement

While waiting for my crowlers at Big Ditch to fill up I was able to take a quick look over what they had to say for Double Blueberry Milkshake IPA.

Here it is:

‘We collaborated with K2 from Penfield, NY to cerate this blend of oats, Mosaic and Citra hops, blueberries and lactose, to yield a blue, hoppy, sweet treat with balanced blueberry flavor in a double IPA.’

It’s always nice to see breweries working together, uniting for a just cause.

First Impressions

Double Blueberry Milkshake has a very unique look to it, though at the same time it’s pretty much what one could expect with a milkshake IPA. Upon pouring it into my glass an enticing purple/blueberry concoction revealed itself. It’s not difficult to see the by-products of the Oats and Lactose, very rich looking and opaque. You will not be able to see a single thing through this beer. There wasn’t too much of a head and it disappeared relatively quick. I’m a little surprised at that with the Oats being used.

Let’s talk aromas, very subtle but easy to notice if that makes sense. There is an over lord of Lactose sweetness with some blueberry notes. A noticeable detail as well are the hop characteristics lingering about though I am finding it difficult to decipher a specific hop. While changing my son’s diaper I was thinking Double Blueberry has a more unique aroma to it. The Lactose stands out the most and then slide in the blueberry and hop aromas and you’re mouth is watering!

‘My Milkshake Brings All The Boys to The Yard’

Just like the aromas, the flavor of Double Blueberry is very intriguing and unique. To be honest when I took my first sip I wasn’t too sure of it, but that’s why I bought myself an entire crowler. Sometimes a second date is needed I guess.

In the very beginning of the sip I found a nice combination of the Lactose, blueberries and Oats. There was nice sweet and creamy sense to it. Shortly after that the Lactose kicks in and really whacks you in the face with it’s sweetness. At this point we’re at mid sip which is where I am starting to pick up on the hop flavor, very nice use of the Mosaic and Citra hops. I’m not sure if there would be a better combination for this beer. The hop flavor never leaves and sticks around in the after taste. But before that we have the end of the sip which I feel is a full burst combination of the Lactose and Oats. Very sweet and creamy. So I know I spoke of the hop flavor in the aftertaste, well that changed a little as it warmed in my glass. The hop flavor is still there with a bit of blueberry tart to it.

The mouthfeel of Double Blueberry is no surprise to me, medium to full. Weighing a bit more towards full, though it doesn’t take away the refreshing characteristic of the beer. If you ask me it actually supplements it quite a bit,

In Conclusion

To be honest at first I wasn’t sure of my thoughts regarding Double Blueberry, though as time went on and my glass emptied I find myself enjoying it a bit more. But I am sure of one thing Double Blueberry is not a beer for everyone, and that’s fine.  The Lactose and blueberries give Double Blueberry a unique outlook on life. With that being said I know quite a few folks who would put this beer on tap at their house if they could. I guess that’s the wonderful thing about beer, even if you don’t like it doesn’t mean it’s not a good beer. Unless you’re a macro-brewery, where is the quality in that?

So Double Blueberry, what is it? It’s a unique IPA that is worth trying at least once and don’t be surprised if you find yourself ready for more. I love the overall combination of blueberries, Lacotse, hops, and Oats. Not at all bitter, but may hold a slight blueberry bite to it.

If you like what you read and have not tried Double Blueberry Milkshake IPA yet, you should. If you’re residing in Buffalo, Big Ditch has it on tap, though I’m not sure of K2 Brothers. Either way Double Blueberry is a beer worth seeking out, I’m not sure if you’ll find another one like it.

Cheers!

3 thoughts on “Brewview#61: Double Blueberry Milkshake IPA Collaboration between Big Ditch Brewing Company and K2 Brothers Brewing

  1. “sometimes a second date is needed” lol but nicely put. this is a very complex-tasting beer. i definitely need a second date

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  2. I just had this and I totally agree with the part where you said you weren’t sure with it at first but as you were drinking it, it got better and better. I felt the same. Overall I really enjoyed it but it wasn’t love at first sight.

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    1. It definitely grows on you, though I couldn’t see myself consuming in mass quanity.

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