Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Harpoon 100 Barrel Series: White IPA

The 100 Barrel Series celebrates the brewing talents and creativity of Harpoon Brewers. From experimental styles to interpretations of old favorites, 100 Barrel Series beer is a limited batch and a personal expression of the art of brewing.  Every couple of months a different Harpoon brewer will spend a few late nights in the brewery, brewing test batches on the pilot system.  This leads to the final recipe and, of course, a special, unique beer.  You will find that brewer’s signature on each bottle of beer from their batch. So if you like the beer, you’ll know who to thank.

Inspired by a batch done for the Great International Beers Festival in Road Island, Ken Hermann takes a turn at the Harpoon 100 Barrel Series wheel and makes my mouth water. 

Not only does this White IPA "explode with flavor", it tempts all aspects of the palate by being dry hopped and dry spiced. American's are bringing around continuos rounds of change by merging strong hop characters with classic spice notes. Cascade, Citra and Simco hops give this beer citrus and floral hints while dancing around a softer mouthfeel and distinct seasoning of Belgian Wit. A bitter American hop content meets a french, zesty mouthfeel? Hello today's life!

Fairly certain Nitch won't be getting her globe trotting lips on this batch due to international alcohol shipping laws, but will try to sniff some out while in the states- SOON!

Session #43
Brewer: Ken Hermann
ABV: 6.2%
IBUs: 45
Original Gravity: 15.4
Format: 22 oz. bottles or draft on location

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