About This Course

This course includes 75+ minutes of video

In this 76-minute video course, Mohrfeld goes into wide-ranging detail on Pinthouse’s approach to brewing world-class, envelope-pushing, aroma- and flavor-forward IPAs, including the brewery’s flagship Electric Jellyfish. Among other topics, he discusses: 

  • The evolution of modern IPA 
  • The strengths of different hop forms, from whole leaf to Cryo 
  • The challenge and opportunity of hop selection 
  • Best technique for rubbing and evaluating hops 
  • Using wet hops fresh from the harvest 
  • Underrated hop varieties and their “survivability” 
  • Hop agronomy, terroir, and the farmer’s influence on beer 
  • Tips on blending hop varieties 
  • How and why Pinthouse uses Kölsch yeast for its IPAs 
  • Different approaches to brewing IPA, from West Coast to hazy to freestyle 
  • Intentional layering of malts, adjuncts, and hop varieties 
  • Employing bitterness for balance 
  • Timing and quantities of hop additions in the kettle, whirlpool, and cold side 
  • Avoiding diacetyl and how to test for its precursors at home 
  • Monitoring dissolved oxygen (DO) for maximum freshness 
  • Water profile and its importance to fermentation and attenuation 

And much more.


Founded in Austin in 2012, Pinthouse Pizza has grown from being a local brewpub to one of the most respected small brewing companies in the country. Meanwhile, Brewmaster Joe Mohrfeld is widely regarded by his peers as one of the world’s top IPA brewers. Pinthouse’s packed trophy case includes six Great American Beer Festival medals, three World Beer Cup medals, plus a turn as champion of the Alpha King Challenge.

Joe Mohrfeld

Cofounder/Brewmaster, Pinthouse Pizza

Course curriculum

  • 01


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    • Welcome to Brewing Modern IPAs

    • Finding Success with Hazy IPAs

  • 02

    Selecting & Blending Hops for Modern IPAs

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    • Understanding Your Hops

    • Selecting Your Hops

    • Hop Breeding & Blending Your Hops

  • 03

    Constructing a Modern IPA

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    • Overview

    • Building Your Modern West Coast IPA

    • Building Your Modern Hazy-Juicy IPA

  • 04

    Focusing on Quality

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    • Avoiding Hop Creep

    • Limiting Oxygen Pickup

  • 05

    Brewing Electric Jellyfish

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    • Recipe Formulation for Modern IPAs

    • Brewing Electric Jellyfish

  • 06

    The Future of IPA

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    • The Future of IPA

    • Thank You

  • 07

    Recipes & More

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    • Recipe: Pinthouse Electric Jellyfish

    • Recipe: Pinthouse Pizza Fog Runner

    • Podcast: More from Pinthouse's Joe Mohrfeld on Selecting and Using Hops

    • The Accelerating Dialectic of IPA: More Perspective on the Style's Evolutions

    • Modern Hybrid IPAs: West Coast Haze with Cellarmaker’s Connor Casey

    • Recipe: Cellarmaker Kilning Me Softly IPA

    • Defeating the Hop Creep, with Stan Hieronymus

    • Stan Hieronymus on the Complex Case of Thiols

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