Fiction Beer Company | Madame Psychosis
At this point, it’s pretty clear that the New England IPA style is not just limited to beer makers in New England. From coast to coast, beer drinkers are seeing more and more breweries experiment with this style by taking part in the “Haze for Daze” craze.
ABV: 6.3% | IBU: 78
Colorado is always high on the list when it comes to pushing the boundaries of beer. Lucky for those of us on the Front Range of the Centennial State, Fiction Beer Company’s Madame Psychosis helps solidify Colorado’s formidability when it comes to producing New England IPAs.
According to Fiction’s Founder/Owner/Head Brewer, Ryan Kilpatrick, “Madame Psychosis, in name, was a collaboration with a regular of ours who also happens to be a Professor of Literature.” This Professor/Poet, Ian Tyson, along with the brewery “had been talking about making a beer for Infinite Jest for nearly a year and we finally did it!” Infinite Jest is a novel by the late (great) David Foster Wallace.
For those of you who may not be familiar with this brewery, each and every one of Fiction’s beers are inspired by a particular book. Looking on their beer menu at any give them, I am likely to come across a book I’ve read or that’s on my “to-read” list as cult classic.
According to Fiction’s website, the brewery takes pride in “combining the two wonderfully imaginative crafts of beer and literature together.” Some of their other beers that PorchDrinking has covered include: Logic is Relative (An NE-DIPA inspired by John Irving’s A Prayer for Owen Meany) and This is not an Exit (A Belgian Strong Ale with hatch chilies à la American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis).
The “PGOAT” Beer Itself
During the brewing process, Fiction loaded Madame Psychosis with over five pounds of hops per barrel. This NEIPA features a lineup consisting of super fruit-forward hops, with Idaho 7, Mandarina Bavaria, Mosaic and Citra all being utilized.
True to the NEIPA style Madame Psychosis is quite the hop bomb. After pouring some of this beer from my 32oz crowler, I noticed right away the hazy opacity, reminiscent of a glass of orange juice.
With tropical fruits on the nose, such as pineapple and papaya, this beer has a smooth medium body and is extremely fresh tasting. Madame Psychosis finishes with a healthy dose of citrus and lemongrass sweetness.
Fiction’s Ryan Kilpatrick on Madame Psychosis & New England IPAs as a Style
Fiction is already known as being a big fan of this burgeoning style and is able to count themselves among WeldWerks, Odd13, and Cerebral, as one of the first breweries in the state to serve a New England Style IPA. Luckily, Ryan was also able to offer some of his own insights into the New England IPAs.
According to Ryan, “Having a beer [such as Madame Psychosis] that showcases not the bitterness of hops, but the flavor and aroma makes it much more approachable to the general public. So many times have we had folks tell us they don’t like IPA’s, until we have them try the NE Style.”
Like most New England IPAs, Madame Psychosis utilizes a high-protein grain by being brewed with over 30% wheat. Ryan thinks that “Everything about this [new] style is different from a traditional American or English IPA.”
Moreover, since there are numerous variations that allow brewers to tweak and experiment with NEIPAs, “these beers will continue to grow and change with time so [Fiction] looks forward to the amazing creations that will evolve.”
Madame Psychosis is available at Fiction’s East Colfax taproom in Park Hill. At the brewery, you have the option of grabbing an 8oz Draft, a 16oz Draft, or picking up a 32oz crowler of Madame Psychosis to go. Don’t forget to bring your favor DFW novel to accompany this literary libation!