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JailHouse 4D IPA v.12 "Molly Ringwald"

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RATINGS: 4   MEAN: 3.53/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.06/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 70   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
So Jailhouse John says, “let’s do a red IPA and call it Molly Ringwald”. BRILLIANT! I know it had nothing to do with a teenage crush or the fact that he has a red beard. Sometimes that’s all it takes is a spark of inspiration. We’d also been toying with our redneck hopback and had some great success. With a slew of whole leaf Amarillo hops screaming our names, it was on!

The approach is always to keep it as simple as possible without being boring. We kept the grain subdued enough not to interfere with the hops but robust enough to hold up to the hops and provide the color. Chinook is a personal favorite of mine but it can be overbearing if not used with care. I felt this would be a great time to bring it to the party. Centennial hops were added for some diversity and added bitterness as well as those citrus tropical flavors. Amarillo whole leaf was used to round out the flavors and give a fresh hop robustness.

Orange red color with tropical fruit and hints of caramel sweetness. Subtle pine-fresh hops. Hop driven with a malt back note. Bitterness builds on the palate with a medium bodied mouthfeel.

Grain: 2-Row, Melanoidin, C45L, C120L
Hops: Chinook, Centennial and Amarillo
Yeast: American Ale II

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Cybercat (5169) - Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2013
Comes out of the growler a rich clear chestnut with a thick and rather persistent light buff head. Aroma is quite hoppy, more resiny than woody, with an undertone of Mandarin orange and a hint of fresh malt. Very pleasing flavor has woody hop, evergreen and orange notes, barely bitter, hint of caramel. Smooth texture is fairly firm, if not too fizzy. I love this series!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Gachupines (1251) - USA - SEP 29, 2013
Reddish amber with a light white head. Aroma is caramel with some pine hops. Flavor is caramel with a bit of nuttiness and some pine hops. A little under carbonated though and the body is a bit thin. Finish is bitter pine hops with a little cloying aftertaste. Wife: 2.8

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Westmeister (2129) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 29, 2013
Draft. Some tropical fruit notes poke through, an off malt note, pine, and cirus rounded out the flavor. Sweet and moderate bitter. The carbonation was very some and the palate was medium thick for an ipa. Not bad, just not spectacular.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (3454) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2013
Growler from the beer growler. That ever so cleverly named store. Ruby red almost brown color. Apple apricot light tropical citrus aroma. Flavor a little more dominated by the caramel malt and candi sugar. Finish is straight up pine cone.

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