Have you seen the new IPA glass?  Doghfish Head New IPA Glass

American craft brewers Dogfish Head and Sierra Nevada teamed with the German glassware maker Spiegelau to create a new IPA glass they say will change the way you experience hop goodness.

Here are some stats from Dogfish Head web site about the glass.

  • Thin, round walls to maintain proper temperature longer.
  • A slender, bowed shape to amplify hop aromas.
  • Wave-like ridges to aerate beer on its way in and out of the glass.
  • A wide mouth, allowing drinkers to nose the beer.
  • A laser-etched logo on the bottom of the bowl to sustain carbonation and head

With input from the leading IPA brewers in the United States –Sam Calagione of Dogfish Head and Ken Grossman of Sierra Nevada – Spiegelau has created the new standard for IPA beer glassware. Through a series of design and tasting sessions, the collaborating breweries unanimously voted for a single glass out of an original lineup of twelve Spiegelau prototypes. Designed to showcase varying aromatic profiles for the American ‘hop forward” IPA beer, preserve a frothy head and volatiles and maintain a comfortably wide opening for the drinker to “nose” the beer, Spiegelau’s latest glass design is sure to become the go-to vessel for IPA beers.

All parties involved believe they have created a glass that perfectly amplifies and balances even the hoppiest of IPA beers.

“The goal of this initiative was to develop a glass that would serve as the new global standard for the American IPA style of beer, just as the world recognizes ‘wheat’, ‘pilsner’ and other beer glass styles,” explained Spiegelau Vice President Matthew Rutkowski. “We are thrilled to have collaborated with America’s preeminent IPA brewers on this project, as this further validates that we are offering beer drinkers a glass that will maximize their tasting experience to its fullest potential.”

“Hop-forward beers are close to our hearts, and we had fun figuring how to best highlight an IPA’s nuances — hopheads will enjoy giving it a try

“I’ve been a longtime believer in the importance of using quality glassware to enhance the enjoyment of quality craft beer,” said Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione. “The process of collaborating on the design of this hop-centric glass takes this concept to the next level.”

Ken Grossman, Sierra Nevada’s founder, shared “Hop-forward beers are close to our hearts, and we’ve had fun figuring out how to best highlight an IPA’s nuances,” “We imagine hopheads will enjoy giving the glass a try.”

The new Spiegelau IPA-specific glasses will be sold at retailers nationwide beginning in April  and are now available for pre-order. The 19-oz. glass sells for $25 a pair. A branded logo version will also be distributed for the next year at the namesake breweries and webstores, as well as at bars and restaurants currently carrying Sierra Nevada or Dogfish Head beers.