Road to the Malthouse: Imperial American Pale Ale 2015 release
Running alongside Head Brewer Yt’s main blog “From the Cellar”, this is the blog of Harrington’s brewer and general beer obsessive Mike Cheer. Rituals develop around any brewhouse; from runoff superstitions, to dig out techniques, to guessing gravities to the nearest decimal. Mashtun Rituals collects brewhouse reflections, mashtun explorations, pub reviews and more. This post will focus on the looming release of 2015 Imperial American Pale Ale, to be unleashed at the Malthouse at the 8th West Coast IPA Challenge: July 17th.
This 2015 version of the Brewers Selection iAPA contains an utterly insane amount of hops and the new addition of Gladfield’s new American Ale malt to the bill. The American Ale malt suits the iAPA perfectly and performs extremely well in the brewhouse. We first mash-hopped the iAPA with whole cones in the mashtun. The brewhouse was wafting with lupulin even before kettle up. The boil saw kilo after kilo of American Simcoe, Centennial and Chinook thrown in, then masses into the Ferry Road whirlpool (known as “the vortex”). So many hops were added they almost blocked the heat exchanger…then more hops were added to the fermenter in a massive dry hop addition….and still more to the conditioning tank.
We’ve been tasting this beer all the way through maturation and it is shaping up to be even more aggressive than past incarnations, the American hops really cut through on the nose with citrus, stonefruit and pine, and coat the palate with a resinous, tongue tingling bitterness. The brewhouse crew is looking forward to releasing it on the drinking public and I’ll be heading up to Wellington for the release. A Christchurch release follows with Matt and myself booked in at Volstead on July 24th.
In other news, anyone who appreciates good food and beer should check out the Laboratory in Lincoln. I was lucky enough to be at the opening night, the Bennetts have outdone themselves with the building, and the food and beer is worth the wait. The brewery setup of the old poplar lane setup is coming along and will be brewing shortly. Well worth the trip and will be checking out again soon.
Until next time…Cheers & Good Health!