This IPA is named after the 1904 Baldock Beer Disaster in England when 300 barrels of beer fell three floors through the brewery, crushing eight workers to death, drowning five and injuring another fifteen, temporarily hitting surrounding streets with a wave of beer which destroyed three houses and killed a dog. In honor of those who perished in the pursuit of happiness, this deep copper-colored India Pale Ale has high hop bitterness, flavor and aroma with medium-high alcohol content, medium maltiness and a medium-full body. The fruity, floral and citrus-like American-variety hop character and bitterness is achieved by using over 2 pounds of hops per barrel and by dry-hopping as well. The use of water with high mineral content results in a crisp, dry beer with high fruity-ester flavors and aromas, and the substantial amount of rye adds a pleasant spicy note.
Editors Note: Brewer requested this listing be retired. It will not be produced anymore.
rubbishystuff (2109) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2010
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hopefully it was just something was up with the lines that night at DeStihl. This just tasted stale and one dimensional compared to other Rye IPAs I have tried. Not terrible but lacked something. Serving: Tap
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - JAN 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish copper with a nice lacing creamy off white head. Aroma is sweet floral hops. Flavor is spicy and floral hops with a dry rye malt character. Finished mildly bitter that lingers. I think the deScription is outdated as this was listed at Baldock Rye IPA on the menu on 1/25/2009. As other have noted not potently hoppy, but I enjoyed the interesting character from the rye infusion and found the noticeably floral hops to lend enough bitterness to make this enjoyable.
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