Move aside Mosaic, there’s a new go-to tropical IPA hop in town. (512) Brewing in Austin, Texas released Cashmere SMaSH, a summer seasonal IPA and the fourth in the Single Malt and Single Hop (SMaSH) Series.
Since 2011, (512) has brewed SMaSH IPAs in an attempt to showcase individual hop styles. Following the SMaSH Series’ previous releases Mosaic, Simcoe, and Amarillo in years past, the newest iteration uses Cashmere as its single hop with an organic two-row malt base. Malt sweetness is then minimized to accentuate the hop profile.
Introduced in 2013 by Washington State University and a direct descendant of the Cascade variety, Cashmere is a relatively new style. According to the brewery website, Cashmere imparts strong tropical notes of tangerine, pineapple, melon, and the slightest hint of coconut. At only 30 IBU, the result is a 5.3 percent ABV seasonal IPA that’s ideal for summer patio drinking.
The Cashmere SMaSH release was announced on March 22 via the brewery’s Twitter page and is available on tap in the Houston and Austin areas.