Portsmouth Wheat Wine

Brewed by Portsmouth Brewery
Portsmouth, New Hampshire USA
10% Barley Wine | 71 Ratings | 36 IBU | Winter Seasonal |
A Barleywine-style wheat beer, weighing in with 70 IBU. The grist profile is 55% malted wheat and 45% malted barley in large quantities!! We have a starting gravity (density of extract, i.e. ounces of malt sugar per gallon of water) of 23 Plato. A primary fermentation occurs at 68f for 8 to 10 days followed by an extended maturation in one of our 14-barrel horizontal conditioning tanks at 38f for approximately three and a half months. This maturation or conditioning time allows the flavors to meld, the yeast to settle out and the beer to mellow. During the primary fermentation there are some intense flavors created, as well as an intense hopping rate, and with the extended conditioning these flavors "cool" out. Near the end of maturation we put in some oak and dry hops to add yet a wee bit more flavor and complexity. Which brings us to the flavor profile: this full-bodied, complex ale has rich, malty overtones, verging on toffee with an underlying hop assertiveness. A good sipping beer for when winter turns to spring.

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