Tag: Hops

ZOSO Smash IPA is the latest limited edition Wolf to be released from the brewery and the reaction from people at the Alltech Brews Fair suggests it’s going to be another popular one. But what exactly is a Smash IPA?

Smash stands for Single Malt and Single Hop. The idea is to break down brewing to its basic elements in order to highlight the flavour of a single malt and a single hop. For us it was a great experience brewing it. For the beer drinkers it allows you to appreciate and understand what one hop and one malt can bring to a beer. This form of brewing doesn’t suit every beer style and works best with IPAs, lagers such as Pilsner and Vienna, Saisons and Dunkels.

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Rather than packing our latest IPA with a wide variety of hops we went back to basics to deliver a unique, intense beer. With only two ingredients brewers need to choose wisely in order to deliver a flavoursome beer and we’ve done just that. We ventured high into the Colorado Rocky Mountains to get our hands on a small batch of ZOSO Hops from Misty Mountain Hop Farm, who’ve been harvesting this unique hop for only two years. In fact ZOSO is the only beer brewed in Europe with the hop of the same name!

We then headed East to Germany for RED-X, a special base malt from Best Malz, which delivers the malty backbone to balance the intense hopping.

This sunset red tinted beer is our first canned beer and comes in at ALC 5.2% and 53 IBU’s with unique notes of tangerine and sweet grapefruit and resiny bitterness. As for the name, ZOSO was the ancient name for Saturn, and we think you’ll agree this beer is out of this world!

 

We are finally getting a season that other countries would recognise as a summer. No doubt you’re all out working on your tan and enjoying a cold one with your BBQ. And while you should be taking good care of your skin with plenty of sun-tan lotion you should also avoid exposing your beer to the sun as well. No, liberal application of factor 30 to your bottle of beer won’t help.

While you may love it the last thing your beer wants to do is to sit out soaking in some rays. Your beer is being ‘skunked’ right before your eyes. The process can happen quite fast, quicker for more heavily hopped beers. The suns UV rays break down hop compounds to literally produce the same chemical that skunks spray out their backsides! It’s not as intense in the beer thankfully but it will still change it. Brown bottles are a good way to protect the beer inside but green and especially clear glass give little to no protection from UV rays.

We’ve done the side by side taste tests and for a moderate hoppy pale ale it only takes a few minutes for the beer to noticeably change flavour.

Enjoy the sun, but shade your beer!

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Have you ever wondered what’s the difference between Ales and Lagers? Why to barrel age a beer or why ‘hop bombs’ are only dangerous to your taste buds? We will be giving your a weekly beer education about what makes craft beer truly ‘Craft Beer’. Each week we will also post a new Beer Style of the Week.

There are currently 100+ different styles of beers out there and over the coming weeks and months we will go through many of these to give you a greater appreciation of the world of beer of beer and how immense it is.

We will also brush up your craft beer slang and terminology, brewing techniques, history of beer and the finer details that go into making a perfect pint. Pete, our head brewer, and your headmaster for this series will take you on this beer journey and first up is the first beer he brewed here: American Amber Ale.
Beer Style 1: American Amber Ale
A hoppy, moderate-strength American craft beer with a pronounced caramel malt character, ranging from amber to copper in colour.  It’s flavour and aroma showcases American and new world hop varieties and is supported by the malt sweetness of caramel malts. The balance between malty and hoppy can vary quite a bit depending in the brewer.

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It originated on the West coast of the States in the 1970’s during the early American craft beer movement and was originally called a red ale. While it origins lay in American Pale Ales it is closer to an Irish Red Ale in terms of appearance and mouth feel however it’s the use of citrus/floral accented American hops that give it it’s unique flavour.

ABV: 4.5-6.2%
IBU’s: 25-40
Commercial Examples: Wicklow Wolf American Amber, Rogue American Amber Ale, Brew Dog 5AM Saint, Rascels Big Hop Red
Food pairings: BBQs, meat dishes, cheese
Hops: Any combination of hops to showcase American hop character
Malt: 2-Row Malted Barley, Caramel Malts, Dark Malts, Specialty Malts

 





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