A Metamorphosis for Mother Earth

Vista brewery introduces a new hazy IPA hopped with Citra, Mosaic and Strata as part of its Project X series

Mother Earth Brew Co. is adding another stellar release to its lineup of rotating hazy IPAs. The latest Project X Series brew follows the series’ trend of keeping the malt bill somewhat minimal and instead focusing on hop combinations to achieve complex flavors and aroma. The most recent example being Metamorphosis, which pairs a celebrity hop trio of Citra, Mosaic and Strata.

Having erred toward the sweet fruit and coconut flavors of their last Project X Series release, Mother Earth’s brewers decided to swing the pendulum, calling for more traditional IPA flavors with Metamorphosis. Mosaic and Citra hops leave passionfruit and strawberries on the nose, while Strata punches up with flavors of dank marijuana and citrus. A heavy wheat addition and dextrin malt add a hefty body for support.

The smooth finish of Metamorphosis masks a respectable 50 IBUs (international bittering units) in a style typically known for bittering units in the teens, something Mother Earth is quite proud of.

“There was a time where clean IPAs and NEIPAs were divergent styles, but I think as West Coast brewers started pushing the bitterness envelope, as we tend to do, we’ve reached a nice balance where there is something enjoyable for every kind of hophead,” says Mother Earth Director of Brewing Operations Chris Baker.

The beer itself is only half the experience, though, with collaborative label artwork adorning the cover from the creative mind of Spanish artist Jose Morilla, or as the Instagram world knows him, @livinginplanetmars. Jose’s spacey, digital stylings don’t just allude to what can be found inside the can; they set the table.

Metamorphosis will be available beginning this month on-draft and in 16-ounce cans. Customers can find it using Mother Earth’s beer finder or at Mother Earth’s taproom in Vista.

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