Hula Hop'd Coconut Milkshake IPA Extract 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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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 29 reviews
Excellent! But my coworkers won't leave me alone...

Fantastic! Even the IPA haters in my family love it. The mylar bag that the vanilla beans came in wasn't sealed and they arrived moldy. I threw those away and added vanilla from the Dominican Republic. Turned out lovely. Definitely a keeper.

Tasted better than expected

It was challenging at times when adding the hops at just the right time at the right temperature, but the instructions were pretty detailed. The guidance of the recipe was fairly clear and the outcome was very pleasing. This beer was easy to drink with a delicious balance.
My only complaint was about the bag of shredded coconut which was shipped but not sealed. The box arrived with coconut everywhere and that's when I realized the bag hadn't even been sealed. This dried out the product, but I don't think it effected the flavor negatively. Overall, I'm very satisfied.

Excellent Summer Treat - Highly Recommend

This is easily one of the best recipe kits I've ever made. The coconut is subtle but distinctly sweet and the vanilla adds a balance to the two varieties of hops. The hazy body is prominent but not overpowering or over-present. This is a perfect summer ale and a definite crowd pleaser. I highly recommend.

Milkshake IPA

This is a great recipe. Great beer for non-IPA fans too. Deep pinnaple aroma and flavor. The coconut is a mess to work with in the fermenter, but it's worth it. Make sure to submerge the coconut or you will get mold at the higher fermentation temperature. Totally worth it.

CoCo Delicious!

If you're looking for a different take on a Milkshake IPA, then this is the one. Bottled 2 weeks ago and shared two with friends the last week. Both say this is a darn good beer. The only recommendation I would add to the recipe steps is to put the toasted, shredded coconut in a muslin bag to keep from clogging your spigots, valves, etc. This saved me! Enjoy!

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