Casanova has nothing on the newest release from Modern Times Beer.
The San Diego, Calif.-based brewery will be releasing Protocosmos, an IPA named in reference to an underground world described by the Venetian author Giacomo Casanova that featured “multi-colored humanoids, strangely small flying horses and fruit-eating serpents” according to the label. It uses ahtanum and centennial hops from the United States, galaxy hops from Australia, as well as 2-row, carapils, Munich and Vienna malts. Protocosmos measures 7 percent in ABV with 90 IBUs and a 1.008 final gravity.
“Hop quality can be something of a crap shoot–one year they smell like unicorn tears, the next like dragon’s breath–but this lot of Galaxy contains some of the best smelling hops we’ve ever encountered,” explained a representative for the brewery in an email. “Pineapple, mango, & citrus dominate, combining many of the best qualities we love in new wave Yakima hops.”
Protocosmos will be released in early March “around SoCal and Maui” and will be packaged in 22-ounce bottles.