Hula Hop'd Coconut Milkshake IPA All Grain Beer Recipe Kit

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The Milkshake IPA is a tasty variant of a Hazy New England IPA style, with an added bonus:  an extensive amount of non-traditional ingredients that create sensations reminiscent of your childhood diner's milkshake. This recipe kit has an amazing depth of flavor: coconut and vanilla and tropical notes of pineapple, peach, mango, and passionfruit, driven by Galaxy and Mosaic hops coupled with a unique yeast strain. To wrap it all together, lactose, added straight to the boil, produces creaminess and subtle dairy-like sweetness. Some of these ingredients are in tight supply, so try it out today. 

DISCLAIMER: Northern Brewer is not liable for any intense daydreams of crystal-clear waves and sand in your toes that may result from pouring a pint of Hula Hop’d Coconut Milkshake IPA. This beer is truly a vacation in a glass.

Brewing Notes

  • Style: Specialty IPA
  • Fermentation Range: 65-80° F
  • Original Gravity: 1.060
  • SRM: 3
  • IBUs: 35
  • ABV: 6.4%

Tasting Notes

  • Aroma: Complex aromas of coconut, vanilla, and tropical fruits. Faint, clean cracker malt notes.
  • Appearance: Light golden in color with considerable haze and a dense, lasting brilliantly white foam head.
  • Flavor: Huge varieties of flavors prominently dominated by a combination of coconut and hop and yeast-driven fruity tones of pineapple, mango, passion fruit, and peach. Low to moderate bitterness is balanced with undertones of slight vanilla and lactose sweetness.
  • Mouthfeel: Medium to medium-high body with considerable mouthfeel and creaminess. Sips smoothly and lingers on the palate well after swallowing.

Brad’s Notes:

These days, New England IPAs are all the rage and it is only natural that creative brewers have adapted this new style to include a variant of its very own - The Milkshake IPA. Attributed to a Swedish brewery, Milkshake IPAs have gained popularity in the US at a staggering rate and show no signs of slowing. This recipe is defined by the use of lactose in the boil, low bitterness, massive hop flavor, and other additions meant to simulate flavors of the classic milkshake. Hula Hop’d Coconut Milkshake IPA is our rendition on this emerging variant. Utilizing lactose and vanilla gives this recipe its signature mouthfeel and flavor, while large late and post-boil hop additions provide prominent tropical fruit flavors of mango and passion fruit. The unique yeast paired with this recipe serves to provide even more fruit flavors of pineapple and peach while leaving a significant haze, another hallmark of this style. Towards the end of fermentation, yet more Mosaic and Galaxy are added along with coconut to round out the intricately complex flavor profile. There is a lot going on in this beer and it may seem like an odd mix of ingredients, but the result is anything but odd - it’s truly delicious and some have said that it reminds them of a pina colada. Do you like getting caught in the rain?


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Additional information


B11524, B11523

Beer Color Light
Original Gravity


Total Time to Make 6 weeks
Regional Style USA
Alcohol Content Medium
Yield 5 Gallons
Beer Style IPA
Fermentation Type Ale
Beer Recipe Kit Instructions Click here for recipe kit instructions

Customer Reviews

Based on 9 reviews
Hula hop’d coconut

Excellent brew
Thanks to the lactose and oats it has a thick milkshake feel and ample coconut gives a great taste
Make sure you have a cloth or paint strainer to seep the coconut flakes

Great gift

This gift was well received. We can't wait to try the finished product.

Nice Milkshake IPA, Balanced Flavors and Aroma

Judging from the past reviews (both Extract and All Grain) things have changed from real vanilla bean, which to those reviews seemed to arrive moldy, to vanilla powered (likely a safer non moldy situation). My all grain kit came with vanilla powder, it didn't seem to have change anything from the tasting notes! This is a balanced Milkshake IPA. I would highly recommend a single fermentation (not moving to a secondary carboy) and using a hop bag/filter when bottling/keg the beer to remove any hops and coconut. The coconut is the biggest challenge with this brew. If you have a wide mouth carboy or a bucket you use for fermentation. I would recommend placing the coconut into a hop bag. it will make life easier when transferring the beer to the bottle bucket or a keg. If you have a classic carboy, use a deep filter bag at the end of your auto siphon when racking the beer. The coconut will clog things up and double your transferring times (if you didn't use a filter bag in fermentation). Good beer, very balanced notes of sweet mango, pineapple, coconut, vanilla, and creamy mouth feel. Color was light golden with a nice murky haze, poured nice with a good head retention and drinks very smooth. I will do this one again and add a fruit two weeks out from bottle/keg time.

Really solid

It came out a little light on flavor, but a solid drinker. More coconut flavor than I would have thought, but my wife loves it.

Stuck sparge x2 recommend a lb of rice hulls

Can’t comment on the finish as I’m right in the middle of the brew, but wanted to leave a note for fellow brewers while I remember. Using my crude water cooler method I would definitely add a lb of rice hulls to aid in your sparge. Grind was very fine this time around, almost like it ran through the mill twice, but great efficiency! Excited to see how this comes out.

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