Drakes Harvest Ale

Formerly brewed at Drakes Brewing Company
San Leandro, California USA
6.5% India Pale Ale (IPA) | 17 Ratings | Autumn Seasonal |
Perception. According to Webster's dictionary perception is: Recognition and interpretation of sensory stimuli based chiefly on memory. Drake's Imperial Harvest Ale wiil test your perception of beer. The malt base of this beer is 95% Crisp 2-row and 5% Durst Munich malt. The brew was allowed to simmer at 200F overnight to caramelize the sugars and create the perception of being a darker and therefore, maltier beer. We then came to the brewery the next morning and added hops throughout the boil, ending in the addition of 100 pounds of "wet" hops that were picked the previous day, and flown overnight to the brewery. What we ended up with is a brew that weighs in at 8.5% ABV, with an insane amount of hop aroma and very little malt flavor to take away the hop dominance.

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