INDIA PALE ALE ・13
2013 / 13 hops. Our first brew of the year bursts with everything that is wonderful about hops: citrus notes, tropical fruits, berries, earthiness and hint of spice creating a parade of delightful flavours and aromas. It is our celebration of hops.
330 ML BOTTLES ・ BOTTLED ON: 15//01/13 ・ BEST BEFORE: 14/07/13 ・ BATCH: 1
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1070 ・ FINAL GRAVITY: 1013.5 ・ IBU: 60
This beer is all about the hops and the malt bill is a simple canvas to show them off. So it's mostly Maris Otter Pale Ale malt with just a hint of Vienna and Caragold to add a bit of sweetness and body.
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.
This was a really fun beer to make and one that will be difficult to replicate. We wanted to start 2013 with a bang so decided to throw in 13 of our favourite, most exciting hops from around the globe into the mix. This is a ridiculous thing to do, and we're proud of it.
We timed their additions in the boil to suit each one according to it's bittering, taste and aroma potential. In order of the alphabet, the line up is:
Amarillo, Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Citra, Columbus, East Kent Goldings, Galaxy, Magnum, Nelson Sauvin, New Zealand Cascade, Simcoe, and Summit
The result was exactly what we were hoping for - really complex and layered hop aromas and flavours that change with each sip and are difficult to pin down. We like this one.
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 it’s 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.
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. Particular thanks with this one as he likes a malty beer!
Store upright in a cool dark place. The freshness of the hops is the key to this beer so drink it 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.