This beer is an experimental synthesis of two disparate and wonderful beer styles – an IPA and a German Lager. The body and malt profile are similar to a German Helles. It is hopped to the bitterness of an IPA using Noble German Hops. It is fermented with both our house ale yeast, and a Bavarian lager yeast (warm for a few days to get some of the fruity ale characteristics, and then rapidly chilled to deactivate that yeast, and let the lager yeast take over for an extended cold fermentation, allowing the grain flavors to shine and add a silky soft body). If the Germans developed the IPA, it would probably taste like this.
bluemooner (599) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish brown with a medium off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is earthy hops, malt, and sweet fruits. Flavor bitter yet sweet and rich with hints of earhty, grassy hops, berries and other sweet fruits, malt, caramel, and yeast. Medium body with medium carbonation. Good and interesting IPA.
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