*BOTTLES – Imperial American Rye IPA

 Our first batch of Imperial IPA of the year (January 2015) was aged in fresh-emptied rye barrels from our friends at Albany Distilling Co for 8 months and then lovingly blended back with fresh IPA and dry-hopped again before bottling. Allowed to condition for an additional 6 weeks in the bottle this beer provides a truly unique IPA experience. 9.7%

With only 1200 hand numbered bottles available be sure to get some while it’s still available.

($13.00 + tax 500ml Bottle) $70.20 per ½ case (6 bottles) (10% discount)

Upfront the nose is subtly hoppy with support of oak and vanilla from the rye barrels and a bit of black pepper on the back end.

With moderate carbonation and a sizeable amount of rye this beer pours a beautiful deep copper color with a tight head and thick, almost syrupy appearance, though not cloudy.

Due to the use of rye even in this light bodied beer there’s a bit of rich mouthfeel and a clean, slightly bitter finish.

The nose gives way to a rich and complex flavor beginning with notes of vanilla and oak from the barrel. The additional dry-hopping with Bravo provides hoppy hints of lemon-lime while the use of rye and substantial early hopping provide a slightly peppery-bitter clean finish.

Stats:

O.G. 1.078 (19.5 P)

A.E. 1.009 (2.5 P)

ABV 9.7

CALORIES 256 (per 375ml glass)

BU 76

SRM 8

MALT Pale, Munich, Rye

HOPS Citra, Amarillo, Bravo

YEAST WLP001 (American Ale Yeast)

Storage: This beer should be stored upright in a cool, dark place, such as a cellar or cool closet. With proper care this beer should age well, although the hop character is best while it’s fresh.