Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow - Beer Lineup
January 9, 2014 - 10:35 AMStory by Lynn Sherk, Washington Beer Blog Correspondent at Large
Last month, we told you about a series of upcoming events where local brewers will showcase their Triple IPAs. Since then, two more breweries – Spinnaker Bay Brewing and Strong Arm Brewing - jumped aboard, bringing the final total to 12 participating breweries. And the series now has an official name – the Washington Hop Mob Triple IPA Roadshow. (read our previous post.)
But now for the most important part – the beer! We’re still gathering info from the breweries, so keep an eye on this post. We’ll add the details of two of the beers each week (probably on Wednesdays) between now and the February 17 kickoff event at Brouwer’s.
Beer name: Blimey That’s Bitter!
Expected ABV: 10.5
Expected IBU: 80
Hops: Citra, Simcoe and Amarillo
Malt: Gambrinus Pale, Caramel, Munich, Wheat, and a little sugar to make sure that the beer doesn't get too sweet.
This is Reuben’s Brews’ first go at a Triple IPA. As the name implies, Blimey That’s Bitter will focus on hop aroma and flavors - largely pine, citrus and tropical fruit. Reuben’s plans to “hop burst” this beer, meaning the vast majority of the hops will be in the last 10 minutes of the boil. And since it’s a Triple IPA, they will also dry hop the brew three times! They’ll also be bottling a small amount of Blimey, so keep an eye out for further details.
Strong Arm Brewing
Beer name: Denunciation
Expected ABV: 12.6
Expected IBU: 120+
Hops: Warrior, Simcoe, Columbus, Citra, Amarillo, Cascade.
Malt: Base - Pale Malt 2 Row. Specialty - Caramel/Chrystal Malt 40L, Munich 10L, Carapils
Denunciation made its debut at the Friday session of the 2013 Washington Brewers Festival and it was a hit! Once word was out, the crowd descended on the Strong Arm booth and they ran out within a few hours. To make this tasty concoction, they do a 90-minute boil with hop additions every 10 minutes for the first 60 minutes and then hop burst every 5 minutes for the final 30 minutes of boil. They also heavily dry hop this beer with Amarillo, Cascade, Citra and Simcoe. But there’s one secret ingredient that makes Denunciation special – the Strong Arm team serenaded the fledgling beer with all late-80s/early-90s power rock ballads during the brewing process. Yes, this beer was conceived to the delicate strains of Poison’s “Every Rose Has Its Thorn,” Warrant’s “Heaven,” and Saigon Kick’s “Love Is On the Way.” It also gets its description and the inspiration for its name from Ezekiel 21:31, “And I will pour out upon you my denunciation. With the fire of my fury I shall blow upon you, and I will give you into the hand of men who are unreasoning, the craftsmen of ruination.” If you can’t make a Roadshow date, Strong Arm plans to have some Denunciation available at the brewery.