HALIFAX, NS – The latest in a series of beers created by Rockbottom Brewpub brewmater Greg Nash in collaboration with members of the BrewNosers homebrew club is set to be tapped today (May 4, 2012) at Rockbottom.
Dubbed The Ultimate White IPA in honour of the Halifax Ultimate Frisbee League, the beer was co-created by Nash and homebrewer Rob Douglass, and is described as follows:
Our latest Brewnoser collaboration brew is a hybrid of sorts; West Coast IPA meets Belgian-style Witbier. Brewed with malted barley, wheat, oats, coriander, orange and plenty of hops: bright and fresh with hop forward citrus notes, coriander and orange cut through making their presence known. Finishes silky and crisp with a lingering bitterness. Refreshing hybrid deliciousness for your glass
The Ultimate White IPA will be available on tap at the Rockbottom Brewpub while supplies last.
Given that Sawdust City’s Lone Pine IPA is one of the best year-round IPAs available in Ontario, one would expect - or at least hope - that an amped-up “Imperial” version would be just as impressive. And those expectations/hopes are certainly well met by Twin Pines. Pouring a hazy golden-orange with a voluminous and creamy white head, it has aroma and flavour profiles that hit all the hallmarks of the style - i.e. lots of pine resin, citrus peel and tropical fruit (especially pineapple), with enough sugar cookie sweetness to offer a modicum of balance without getting in the way of the star of the show. Although even with the hops playing the main role, the bitterness isn’t overbearing, even in the finish where the 8.8% abv makes itself known for a few warm seconds. The result is a beer that is delicious and dangerous in equal measure.