Its that time of year,
The Decorations are up,
The Malls are crowded,
The kids are trying to stay on the nice list,
and most people are full of holiday cheer.
To keep you full of Holiday Cheer we brewed a 15 barrel batch of American IPA. We took the popular Modus Hoperandi recipe tweaked it a little with some flaked barley and changed the hop schedule. Brewed with 8 lbs each of Columbus and Cascade Hops, and then dry hopped with a further 8 lbs of Amarillo hops. Over a pound and a half of hops per barrel gives this beer a bitter bite, as well as a pleasant hop aroma.
Keep your holiday cheer up with a pint of Mary Hop-Mas. IBU 80
Brigadier (3505) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
After warming up with a pint of Christmas Keister (also known as Kentucky Keister) I tried this gem of an IPA. I hope it is a regular seasonal and not a one-time release. Well done it strikes a perfect balance and the hoppiness only begins to get overwhelming in the last few sips.
Aroma / Appearance - Cloudy orange with a weak head the smell of warm cedar and willow brightened the bar area. The hops are definitely more pronounced than the malt but the latter still has some presence.
Flavor / Palate - Full and rich the mouthfeel suggests a night spent under the stars. Malt, oak, and grapefruit enrich the palate before a slightly bitter finish. As it warms more the finish becomes more aggressive until by the final sip it sticks to the throat for an hour. Well balanced and well made this has to be one of my favorite Cumberland releases to date.
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