Every now and then I like to pair my craft beer with music. I know most folks are pairing beer with food, and that’s fantastic. But I’m not a certified cicerone yet, so I will stick to music for now. I’m a fan of redheads… and red IPAs too. So for this pairing, I suggest Hop Head Red, The Girl U Want!
Resinous hop characteristics emerge from an enormous hopping with Columbus, Nugget and Amarillo overtaking the rich caramel malt base. To add luscious hop flavors and enticingly floral hop aromas, we dry-hop the brew with bucket loads of Amarillo hops. Welcome to the world of Red IPA.
I’ve been looking forward to this beer since I heard about it in May, and thanks to Beer Soaked Erik, I had the opportunity to partake of its cloudy goodness today. Linch Pin is a collaboration between Founder‘s and Green Flash breweries brewmasters; Jeremy Kosmicki and Chuck Silva respectively. The grog pours a cloudy gold with a good size head and lacing. Appearance wise it compares to an unfiltered hef. A good hearty sniff gives you a nose full of citrus; orange and grapefruit to be specific. Taste wise this beer is interesting to say the least. It starts with the aforementioned citrus, but the wheat malt is prominent with a noticeable but not overbearing note of clove. My favorite part of this beer however is the finish; a dry, spicy pepper bite with that lingering hop tang that stays on your tongue for the next 30 minutes. I also noticed this beer was carbonated higher than expected, but that’s not a bad thing, I think it lent to the dry finish. I’ll finish by saying that I couldn’t help but think of this beer as a hoppy hef and I really enjoyed it. 4 beer caps for you Linch Pin, and 5 for you Erik. Thanks for the birthday beer.
It pours a light yellow, with a nice fluffy head. It looks very much like a hefeweizen in the glass. Then the hops come through in the nose and anticipation sets in. The flavor has got a breadiness to it with a delicate hop profile. This would be a great entry into the world of IPAs if you’ve got some fizzy yellow beer folk in your life. I’d compare it to a wheat beer with more hops. A great collaboration between Founders Brewing and Green Flash Brewery. It’s a fantastic beer and I’ll be on the lookout for more of this, you should too.
Now, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again… when craft beer folks get together to brew more often than not great things happen. I know it happens when I get together with my buddies to brew. There’s something about working together and bouncing ideas off one another that brings out the best in whatever we brew. So I’m projecting here, but I know that has gotta be what happens with the Stone Collaborations too. Continue reading →
And so it ends…We finished the evening with cigars and Johnny Walker on the back patio in the fog, compliments of the brother-out-law. I don’t know what I was smoking, but soaked in Johnny Walker it was GOOD. The last beer of the evening was Green Flash West Coast IPA, one of my favorites and a beer I think I wrote about previously. So to Bpa, Tony. Meg, Jim, Rog, Steph, Mary Jo, Hunter Mo, Erin and Staci – Thank you for a great evening and I look forward to good times with you all in 2012. Happy New Year.