Back on Tap: Madridiculous IPA

Madridiculous is exclusively available in six packs in the Stable Craft Brewing tasting room.

Madridiculous was welcomed back into the Stable Craft Brewing tasting room this November after last being on tap this past summer.

It was a popular beer, and we brought it back because people were asking about it often, Chris Fann, Stable Craft’s head brewer, said.

Madridiculous is the first New England Style IPA Fann has ever brewed, and he said he wanted to experiment with the different techniques of that brewing style.

“In a lot of your New England IPAs, you get a soft mouth feel,” Fann said. “A well that is not filtered is a unique challenge to get close to what you need for a soft IPA.”

Fann altered the recipe in the mash while brewing to create the softer mouthfeel desired in a New England Style IPA. There are also certain malts that can be added to the beer to help soften and give a creamy mouthfeel, Fann said.

In addition to certain malts creating a creamy mouthfeel, flaked oats and flaked wheat also create a silky mouthfeel and were ingredients in Madridiculous. The flaked oats and flaked wheat promote body and create haze as well.

Traditionally, haze, or cloudiness, in beer has been a byproduct of brewing that brewers avoided, but beer drinkers now notably seek haze in IPAs. The phenomenon, which began in late 2016, has been nicknamed the, “Haze Craze,” in the craft brewing industry.

Madridiculous fermented for a week before being transferred to the brite tank and then bottled and kegged. The IPA is currently on tap and available in six packs in the Stable Craft Brewing tasting room.

The pervading taste in Madridiculous is citrus with tangerine, grapefruit and pineapple dominating the senses. Copious amounts of Citra and Amarillo hops were used in Madridiculous in both the whirlpool and the three different dry hop stages.

Tangerine is one of the many citrusy flavors in Madridiculous. Photo Credit: Neil Conway.

The brewery is currently only producing half batches of Madridiculous, according to Fann, and that is for a couple of reasons. Half batches allow the brewers to always keep the beer fresh, and it allows them to tweak the recipe if needed.

The plan for Madridiculous is to now have it on tap in the tasting room year-round and, in the future, to do small bottling runs, Fann said.

As for the name, Fann created the name Madridiculous and was inspired by the road the brewery is located on, Madrid Road.


IPA’s for Days

The Sunbaked IPA and the Traditional IPA

Besides the Throatlatch IPA, Stable Craft is pleased to provide craft beer lovers with both the Sunbaked IPA and regular IPA. Our IPA is a revitalized West Coast version infusing aromatics and recognizable citrus nose with an exciting East Coast balance of caramel sweetness and complexity. The traditional IPA has a fairly high ABV of 7%. It has a caramel sweetness and a delicate balance of bitterness, cascade nugget hops that are grown on the farm. The Sunbaked IPA boasts big apricot aromas with a subtle fruity flavor. The Sunbaked IPA is brewed with comet and mosaic hops. Apricot IPA is a big flavored beer. The strong hint of apricots makes for boosted aromas.

We suggest pairing the Sunbaked IPA with our crispy braised pork belly. The crispy braised pork is served with chipotle peach BBQ over sriracha coleslaw. Our orchard grilled chicken salad is filled with yummy mixed greens, goat cheese, grilled chicken breast, sugar-grilled peaches, topped with onion marmalade served with peach vinaigrette. If an IPA is just for you, stop by the brewery today and grab a glass. Cheers!