History has been re-created with this beer travelling a similar distance by sea as the original India Pale Ale (or IPA), developed in England to withstand the long sea voyage to India from the 1800s onwards.
The journey took upwards of six months by sailing ship and covered some 10,000 kms. Stored in two 100-litre oak casks aboard Spirit of Tasmania 11, Seven Sheds Bass Strait IPA completed the same distance in 24 trips between Davenport and Melbourne during June 2012
Hops are a natural preservative, as well as providing bitterness and other flavours in beer. In March we harvested 14kg of Leggett hops grown at Seven Sheds and used the entire crop - in four seperate additions - to make our IPA.
Enjoy the history, hops and unique journey in our Bass Strait IPA
fletchfighters (1063) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Owen for opening.
Orange amber color. Nearly opaque until the end with the yeast and then cloudy. Nice off white head, one finger height. Fell to a nice, solid film and left lots of spotty lacing.
lemon, sour lemon oak, slight detergent smell and some caramel. Once warm started getting peat in this. A lot of barrel character in the nose.
Less lemon detergent taste but a lot of peat, lemon, sour lemon and oak. Bitterness is more sourness really. Interesting but peat does get full on.
Medium bodied and slightly slick. Peat notes really erase a lot of the base beer.
Good idea but will swear this was in a Lark Barrel.
bluebetty (1019) - AUSTRALIA - SEP 1, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle with thanks to Owen. Pours a clear bronze amber before the dregs at the bottom of the bottle made it somewhat murky. Small light tan coloured head. Falls away super quickly leave all but the smallest film. Aromas are quite sudued but have a pleasant slightly sour fruitiness. Only the feintest hint of rich caramel. Flavours are also slightly mutted with some light sweetness and some bitterness. Not overly assertive but nicely balanced. Thin to medium mouthfeel.
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