A study in hops, hazies from Mother Earth

Vista's Mother Earth Brew Co. releases latest in its Project X series of hazy IPAs, Higher Learning

Mother Earth Brew Co.’s rotating Project X Series of hazy IPAs (HIPAs) is turning the beer world upside down – literally. The brewery’s newest HIPA features the heady, surrealistic stylings of Spanish artist, Senky, depicting an inverted mountain of books in a desolate landscape.

“When designing a beer, there is no doubt that the label art comes into play,” says Mother Earth Director of Brewing Operations, Chris Baker. “You can’t have a gorgeous label followed by a lackluster beer inside. One must fit the other, so as brewers we are tasked with creating something that stands up to what’s on the label. There’s absolutely an expectation that the sensory experience is consistent.”

Fortunately, consistency is one of Mother Earth’s hallmarks and Higher Learning is no exception. The company’s brewing team is able to highlight the featured hops by using their signature malt profile, allowing Sabro, Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin varietals to impress. Aroma and flavor profiles of coconut, peach, passionfruit, mango and a touch of dankness combine with a soft wheat-driven mouthfeel to create an exceptionally smooth finish.

As opposed to Mother Earth’s year-round HIPA, Heavy Cloud, which is a lighter, citrusy affair, Higher Learning has a fuller mouthfeel with a more robust mid-palate and a richer overall expression.

Higher Learning is available now on-draft and in 16-ounce cans. Customers can find it using Mother
Earth’s beer finder or at its taproom in Vista.

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