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Hopping Hands: Awesome Ain’t Easy IPA

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Hopping Hands: Awesome Ain’t Easy IPA


Iron Horse Brewery Announces Awesome Ain’t Easy IPA

An Ales for ALS creation benefiting Team Gleason 

Helping others is rewarding. You can’t argue with that. Indie beer is great. That’s another irrefutable fact. Because the two seem to go hand in hand we joined the Ales for ALS program, and we are releasing a limited edition beer called Awesome Ain’t Easy IPA.


Breweries from around the world participate in the Ales for ALS program, and they receive a unique hop blend that is created and donated by Loftus Ranches and YCH Hops just for the fundraising program. Neat. 

All Ales for ALS brewers donate money for each pint sold to helping discover treatment for ALS, a neurodegenerative disease that affects an estimated 30,000 people in the U.S. and 450,000 worldwide. We are donating to Team Gleason, formally known as The Gleason Initiative Foundation, an organization founded by former New Orleans Saints player Steve Gleason, who was diagnosed with ALS in January 2011. Team Gleason works to help individuals with neuromuscular diseases or injuries with leading edge technology, equipment and services.

Awesome Ain’t Easy IPA will be available on draft at [ the pub ] in Ellensburg starting May 11th while supplies last. 

This beer is part of Iron Horse Brewery’s Hopping Hands Project. TL;DR: the Hopping Hands Project was a program we started last summer where we released a new single-hop IPA each month, with the proceeds going to the WA State Veterans Conservation Corps, and we managed to raise just over $2,000. We have now expanded it to include specialty brews we make for fundraising projects.

Beer Info

Awesome Ain’t Easy IPA

ABV 7.2%

IBU: 25

Tasting notes from Wes

Aroma: Passionfruit, guava, prickly pear, hint of light lime, orange leaves, green herbal quality (fresh basil)

Palate: Low+ sweetness, medium bitterness, underripe mango, orange pith, white grapefruit, savory herbal (thyme, light oregano), hint of passionfruit

Mouthfeel and body: light+body, medium+carbonation, light astringency, soft/rounded

Finish: medium-long finish, medium intensity, slight increase in astringency before fading out, bitterness gradually decreases, low sweetness retained through most of the finish, light green quality retained, hint of peach.

Brewer John Patchett holds the Ales for ALS hops used in the brew.


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