This DIPA forms the first in a new patrons series in collaboration with the British Culture Archive. The series will be IPA focused, but also intended to showcase some of the progression in UK hops over the past few years, pairing them with a US variety to show that homegrown varieties can deliver on many of the big, citrus flavours we love from pacific northwest. First up we’ve selected Olicana, a variety which has been around for a few years now and still is up there amongst the forefront of UK hops. Olicana stands out for it’s impressive aromas of mango and passion fruit, backed up by nectarine and apricot notes and a pleasant floral character. We paired this with one of our current favourite US varieties in Idaho 7, a real allrounder that can be relyed upon for plenty of ripe tropical fruit of its own whether used hot side or in the dry hop. In this case we went with both, as we loaded the whirlpool of this oat-filled NE DIPA with Idaho 7 before drying hopping with both varieties to a combined total of 26g/l.