Monthly Style Series

Hop Havoc Imperial Pale Ale

Hop flavor, aroma and bitterness all are pronounced, but harmoniously so. The character is a complex amalgam of fruit, herb and spice notes.

Overview

Alcohol Content (by volume) 6.5%
Starting Gravity (degree plato) 13.5
Finishing Gravity (degree plato) 2.0
Bitterness Units (IBU) 80
Color (SRM) 3

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Hop Havoc Imperial Pale Ale

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Hop flavor, aroma and bitterness all are pronounced, but harmoniously so. The character is a complex amalgam of fruit, herb and spice notes.

Overview

Alcohol Content (by volume) 6.5%
Starting Gravity (degree plato) 13.5
Finishing Gravity (degree plato) 2.0
Bitterness Units (IBU) 80
Color (SRM) 3

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The Label Speaks

The hop inmates have taken over the beer penitentiary. Hop hedonism reigns. Malt, yeast and water were not on the party invite list. This bash, and this brew, are all about hops in a state of complete HAVOC. The kanji depicted (混乱 – konran) literally mean havoc or bedlam.

The Label Speaks

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The hop inmates have taken over the beer penitentiary. Hop hedonism reigns. Malt, yeast and water were not on the party invite list. This bash, and this brew, are all about hops in a state of complete HAVOC. The kanji depicted (混乱 – konran) literally mean havoc or bedlam.

Bryan's Comment

“If you love hops this is your beer. The beauty is in the balance which underpins the brawn. This is not hop soup. It’s a powerful but nuanced example of the glorious attributes hops can contribute to beer.”

Ingredients

Water Soft, Cleanly Flavorful, Local
Malted Grain Floor-malted Pilsen, Munich , Caragold
Un-malted Grain None
Sugar None
Hops Whole Flower Cones – Various Varieties
Yeast House Scottish Ale Strain

Bryan's Brewing Notes

Hop Havoc has the starting gravity of a strongish Pale Ale, the alcohol content of an IPA, and the bitterness units (as well as dry-hop aroma) of an Imperial IPA. It thus is a sort of hybrid of these familial styles. We’ll call it an Imperial Pale Ale. The hops we use are all bold and pungent varieties. I am a big fan of blending several varieties in order to achieve a more unique and complex hop character. Hop Havoc is triple dry-hopped using all six hop varieties. This serves to heighten the intensity of the aromatic experience. We also krausen Hop Havoc at packaging with a peak fermentation batch of our Rising Sun Pale Ale. This final step keeps the beer alive and evolving and helps the hop character to remain piquant and fresh in package.

Bryan's Comment

“If you love hops this is your beer. The beauty is in the balance which underpins the brawn. This is not hop soup. It’s a powerful but nuanced example of the glorious attributes hops can contribute to beer.”

Ingredients

Water Soft, Cleanly Flavorful, Local
Malted Grain Floor-malted Pilsen, Munich , Caragold
Un-malted Grain None
Sugar None
Hops Whole Flower Cones – Various Varieties
Yeast House Scottish Ale Strain

 

Bryan's Brewing Notes

Hop Havoc has the starting gravity of a strongish Pale Ale, the alcohol content of an IPA, and the bitterness units (as well as dry-hop aroma) of an Imperial IPA. It thus is a sort of hybrid of these familial styles. We’ll call it an Imperial Pale Ale. The hops we use are all bold and pungent varieties. I am a big fan of blending several varieties in order to achieve a more unique and complex hop character. Hop Havoc is triple dry-hopped using all six hop varieties. This serves to heighten the intensity of the aromatic experience. We also krausen Hop Havoc at packaging with a peak fermentation batch of our Rising Sun Pale Ale. This final step keeps the beer alive and evolving and helps the hop character to remain piquant and fresh in package.


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