SpaceX 'orbited hops' landed in an IPA. Here's how it tastes I find out whether you can taste the space in the Inspiration4 Space Craft IPA.

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I found out if you can taste the place in the Inspiration4 Spacecraft IPA.

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Samuel Adams’ special release Spacecraft IPA uses hops flying in orbit.


The closest thing I have to an off-world Star Trek Romulan ale I’ll ever drink. Samuel Adams’ Spacecraft IPA is brewed with a twist: It’s made with “orbited hops.”

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when private astronauts SpaceX’s Crew Dragon Inspiration 4 mission Orbiting Earth in September, they weren’t alone. The payload included 66 pounds (30 kg) of Citra and Mosaic hops (two classic options for the IPA). In exchange for Hops, Samuel Adams pledged $100,000 to St. Jude Children’s Hospital as part of the mission’s fundraiser.

The special-release Spacecraft is only available through Samuel Adams’ Boston Brewery and Taproom.

I am a craft beer lover, frequent my local breweries and am willing to try everything from pickle beers to French’s Mustard Beer, I’ve tasted a lot of IPAs, but this isn’t my favorite style, so I called on the most experienced (and toughest) IPA critic I know, my mom.

Samuel Adams gives this description of the West Coast-style spacecraft: “Sturdy bitterness with eclectic tropical notes of grapefruit, guava and passionfruit co-pilot classic pine and Regini hop aromatics.” Our decision? It is quite accurate.

The IPA infuses a light hazy golden honey hue and imparts a gentle nose that my mom describes as “Diffuse Honeysuckle.” The grapefruit notes stand out and it rolls into the dry finish. My mom calls it “a very decent IPA” that is “typical of the West Coast,” a style that tends toward bold bitterness and pine. At 50 IBUs, Spacecraft is more soft-spoken than some of the super-bitter IPA options.

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Samuel Adams’ spacecraft looks quite orbital from here.

But you really want to know if we can taste the space. we can not do. I could never have guessed that the hops were in orbit in the spacecraft.

we have already seen space scotch whiskey, which experts said is significantly different than its Earth-mature counterpart. But Elle is another beast. Hops are just one ingredient in a recipe that also calls for yeast, malt, and water.

As commercial opportunities in space continue to open up, we can expect more food and beverage products that feature a space-related component prominently. Sometimes, orbital travel can make a difference in taste. Sometimes, it will mostly be a marketing hook.

If Samuel Adam’s spacecraft is just marketing, then I’m fine with it. There’s still something soul-stirring about holding a can in my hand and knowing a tiny piece of its contents orbits a planet far, far above me.

From furious launches to wide orbit to thrilling landings, those IPA hops lived a life I’d probably never experience again. With my feet on Earth and a glass in my hand, I am little more attached to human space exploration. Cheers.

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