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.
Not content to take the typical “single beer made with freshly harvested hops” approach to their Harvest Ale, the folks at Picaroons have instead whipped up 7 different versions this year, each made using the same base beer but with different hops from different farms, which can be identified by visiting a special webpage and looking up a code on the label. Doing so with my bottle shows that it was wet hopped using Galena hops from My Father’s Farm in PEI - a fitting choice for this Summerside-born boy. The ale has a lovely orange-amber body with a finger or so of white foam, and an aroma that isn’t as sharply hop-forward as some harvest ales, although the hops are still quite present, with lots of the blackcurrant notes that Galena is known for, along with a bit of citrus, and nice sweet biscuit malts to balance. Blackcurrant is also quite dominant in the flavour, hitting the palate right up front, with the more punchy and bitter qualities of the hops - grapefruit peel, pepper, a bit of pine - coming through towards the back of the swallow. Quite a well-made and interestingly flavoured beer - and now I’m wondering how the other six versions compare…