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WIld Rose Brewery

Posted by Neil Bamford, January 12th, 2013 | 0 Comments

For those not familiar with cask beer they are a a single 54 liter steel cask that the brewer often fills with one of the standard on tap ales or a blend of ales then kicks them up a notch or ten with additional hops and or spices then referments them in the cask. After refermentation is finished they are placed out on the bar and either passed through a beer engine or gravity poured into a pint glass without being filtered.
This weeks cask featured their IPA with Bravo Hops. As one of the hops that we sell at the shop that I have not had a chance yet to brew with I thought it would be great to try it out. I was not disappointed. While Bravo is a rather high Alpha hop its low cohumulone content also makes it an excellent dry hop. Next weeks cask is the launch of thier Imperial IPA and the casked will be a cranked up version of "Hoptimal" as part of the launch.
I was lucky enough to sample this with brewers Manabu and Brian and I must say that this is one of the better DIPA's that I have had over the past 12 months. Classic citrus and pine like aroma and flavor from the extreme amounts of dry hopping balance well with the Canadian 2 row and American Crystal malts. The hops used in this beer are Summit, Columbus, cascade and Newport. With the exception of Newport these are all hops that we have at the shop so I think anyone that wants to recreate this beer should be able to come pretty close using Magnum.

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