AMBER ・ WINTER RYE
A deep Amber Ale that balances sweet malts with spicey, peppery rye and warm citrus notes with a long satisfying bitterness. The result is a complex and rewarding beer.
500 ML BOTTLES ・ BOTTLED ON: 7/11/12 ・ BEST BEFORE: 06/05/13 ・ 5.6%ABV
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1054 ・ FINAL GRAVITY: 1012 ・ IBU: 50
500 ML BOTTLES ・ BOTTLED ON: 13/11/13 ・ BEST BEFORE: 06/05/14 ・ 5.4%ABV
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1054 ・ FINAL GRAVITY: 1012 ・ IBU: 35
For this Amber Ale we used Maris Otter Pale malt along with lots of Rye, Crystal Rye and a touch of munich malt just to sweeten it and add body. We love the unusual taste of rye and think it works really well in a beer.
Our Malt comes from Warminster Maltings, a traditional Victorian floor malt house just down the road in Wiltshire. They produce the finest malts available and are a thoroughly nice bunch.
When we were looking for some interesting hops to compliment the rye in this beer two immediately jumped to mind - Summit and Columbus. Summit is a bitter hop with very strong warm citrus flavours like grapefruit and orange. Columbus is also a warm fruity, almost pungent hop with a lot of character. Together they provide that deep bitter, fruit flavours and aromas that play off the savoury rye. We then dry hopped the beer with some Chinook, another citrussy hop with just a hint of smokiness. In batch 2 of this beer we used some Amarillo and left out the Columbus, which we think emphasises the peach and apricot flavours.
Fermented with Safale S-05 yeast
This beer is bottle conditioned. This means that instead of filtering all the yeast out of the beer and injecting CO2 to make it fizz, we keep the yeast in and let the beer go through a secondary fermentation in the bottle. It's the same process Champagne makers use. It creates its own natural carbon dioxide resulting in a light fizz that we think is a more refined texture and mouthfeel. The beer is alive. It is unfiltered, un-fined and unpasteurized.
The process does leave some yeast sediment in the bottom, so pour in one smooth motion if you want to leave it in the bottle.
Tagine dishes, feta salad or dried fruits.
BATCH 1: At Ashley Down Brewery, Bristol. Many thanks to Vince Crocker at Ashley Down who has been an inspiration and support over the last few months.
BATCH 2: At The Cotswold Brewing Company, Bourton on the Water.
Store upright in a cool dark place. The freshness in the hops is key to this beer so drink fresh and do not age.
We use the finest ingredients possible and avoid any unnecessary chemicals or processing aids. We do not pasteurize, filter or clear our beers with synthesised chemicals. The result is that they don’t always have perfect clarity, but we feel this is a sacrifice worth making for keeping anything unnatural out of our beer.
This beer is vegan friendly.