September 01, 2009

On Tap Now - Double IPA

Double India Pale Ales are a relatively recent innovation, reflecting the trend of American craft brewers 'pushing the envelope' to satisfy the need of beer aficianados for increasingly intense products. The adjective "double" is arbitrary and simply implies a stronger version of an IPA; "imperial", "extra", "extreme" or any other of variety of adjectives would be equally valid. This ale is an intensely hoppy, very strong pale ale without the big maltiness and/or deeper malt flavors of an American barleywine.

The aroma showcases a prominent hop nose that was derived using 100% Bravo hops from the Pacific Northwest; a remarkable citrusy hop character is at the forefront. We also dry-hopped for an additional resinous, or grassy, aroma. Some clean, malty sweetness is found in the background, while slight fruitiness, either from hops or esters, is also detected. 50 lbs. of local honey was added during the boil to reduce some of the bitterness and impart a more balanced, sweeter characteristic. Some alcohol can usually be noted, but this does not have a "hot" character. Color is golden amber to copper.

Brewer's specs:

85% pale 2-row malt
10% Vienna malt
5% malted white wheat

100% Bravo hops added at ten different times from start to finish

50 lbs. of honey from a local beekeeper added to boil
105 minute boil

Fermented 7 days at 19C with our house ale yeast

OG 23 Plato
10% ABV; 90+ IBU

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