Free State Mammoth Pale Ale

Formerly brewed at Free State Brewing Company
Lawrence, Kansas USA
7.9% American Strong Ale | 3 Ratings | Winter Seasonal |
As the name implies, this is a big beer. Though the style doesn't really exist, think of it as sort of an Imperial Pale Ale. Made with Pale Ale Malt and Pale Caramel Malt, this beer has a light color but a full body. Horizon, and Fuggles hops go into the kettle and imported East Kent Goldings (U.K.) are used for the dry hop, giving a distinctly British hop character. The hopping level of 72 IBUs balances the fullness provided by an O.G. of 18/ 1072. This is actually pretty close to the strength that a Pale Ale of the 18th or 19th Century might have reached back before the general weakening of beers. For those who care, Columbian Mammoths crossed over the bridged Bering Strait into North America about 1.8 million years ago and spread across the continent as far as N. Mexico by the time of their extinction about 10,000 years ago. Columbian Mammoths would have been found in this area with the later arriving (c. 50,000 years ago) and better insulated Woolly Mammoths residing further North. OG - 18 /1072, hops - 72 IBUs, Alcohol content - 6.2% by wt./7.9% by vol.

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