If you’re subscribed to this, you know Pinehople is out. We spoke about it on the Beer with Strangers podcast and it is getting more than a little traction around the Internet. But if this is the first you’re hearing of it, let me bring you up to speed: Pinehople is the newest release from Evolution Craft Brewing in Salisbury. It is a Pineapple IPA that balances out the fruit with the bitter while letting you taste both. That means the fruit flavors aren’t subtle but neither are the hops, which is why people are kind of excited about it.
The excitement is at least as interesting to me as its object. The fact that beer writers are covering the release, or at least mentioning it says a lot more about Evolution as a brewery than it does about the growing interest in fruity IPAs. Don’t get me wrong, the growth of fruit IPAs is something of a phenomenon. It has to do with people who have developed a passion for IPAs exploring the complexities the style affords. As brewers get even bolder with yeast and hop combinations IPA fans respond. What separates Pinehople isn’t the premise, it is the history.