Guest Tap #10 – Novia’s Smoked IPA

Our Guest Tap features rotating brews from collaborators including local brewers (professional and homebrewers), cooks, vintners, distillers, or whoever has a beer recipe that intrigues us. The Guest Tap brews are small test batches available only at our tasting room, so once we announce them, you’ll have to hurry in to try them!

The Moody Ales Guest Tap program has reached double digits with Guest Tap #10. This batch of Smoked IPA was brewed on our pilot system by Novia Chen, a relatively new brewer, who along with her partner Sho Ogawa, are making a big splash on the home brew scene!

Here is the question and answer session with Novia:


Dan: How did you get into homebrewing?

Novia: Being a long-term beneficiary of my partner Sho’s homebrew and having participated in developing foreign extra stout for our first competition, I figured that it would have been even more fun and constructive towards the creation of the beer that we drink at home if I also brew.

Dan: How long have you been brewing?

Novia: I assisted in Sho’s brewing sessions from time to time, and did my first one-gallon brew of a farmhouse ale in May, 2015. We’ve worked together on 22 batches since.

Dan: Best and worst beer you’ve made at home?

Novia: Smoked IPA turned out to be my favorite, although our plum Oud Bruin got better reviews. All the beer that we’ve made is good so far!

Dan: Why this beer?  What was the inspiration?

Novia: For some reason, Sho and I really enjoy making odd-sounding or rare beer styles. The combination of smoked beer and IPA immediately grabbed our interest. Having just moved back to town from Connecticut, USA, I can’t deny that the east coast Dogfish Head 60 minute IPA made an impact on this beer.

Dan: Tell us about the beer and the ingredients used.

Novia: We went for simple malt bill: 2-row, dark munich and beechwood smoked malt. I decided on a mix of US and Australian hops that could bring forward citrus and stone fruit notes which were magnum, palisade, galaxy and topaz. Sho wanted super resiny hops, but we went with my plan.


Novia’s Smoked IPA comes in at 6.9% with an IBU of 43. The beer goes on tap at Moody Ales on Tuesday, November 24th and as with all the guest taps, there are only 100L of this brew, so get in and get it while it lasts!

-Dan