PALE ALE - HULA IN THE PINES
500 ML BOTTLES ・ BOTTLED ON: 12/05/13 ・ BEST BEFORE: 11/11/13 ・ BATCH: 1
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1054 ・ FINAL GRAVITY: 1014 ・ IBU: 40
The malt bill is simply a blend of the ingredients used in Hula and In the Pines - a cross between a pale ale and an amber ale. It's mostly Maris Otter Pale malt with a healthy dose of Munich. Then we added some Melanoiden and CaraGold for body and sweetness, along with a touch of Torrified Wheat to give at that nice lacey head.
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.
There are quite a few hops in here, so plenty going on. During the boil we added a lot of Citra, famous for it's potent, resinous tropical citrus flavours. We balanced that with Summer, a more gentle hop known for warm fruit flavours like melon and apricots, and Mosaic, a famously complex and intensely fruity hop.
We then dry hopped with more Citra and Simcoe - a delightfully piney and plummy hop that has been a firm favourite at Wiper and True for years. Seems like we are not alone as it is getting more and more difficult to get hold of....
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.
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.