Chris and I met with the fine folks from Monocacy Brewing Company this past Wednesday to build the identity of the FNP's upcoming Anniversary Beer, tentatively called Red All Over. We tasted a number of different red ales: Bear Republic's Red Rocket, Lagunitas' Censored, Oskar Blues G'Knight (quite possibly my favorite beer), and Ithaca's Cascazilla to get our thinking caps working. Here are some notes:
Red IPA Roughly 7 to 8% abv The chosen color should be closest to the Bear Republic Red Rocket Ale, with slightly less intensity (meaning a little less dark). Hop character should offer a piney/resinous aroma. Glacier and Chinook stood out specifically. Chris and I especially liked Glacier due to its herby/woody/citrisy characteristics. The malt character should be similar to the Ithaca Beer Co. CascaZilla. Hop-forward but with less of an emphasis with the bitterness, but with a punch you in the face aroma and a good strong piney/resiny flavor. The jury is still out with regard to bottling. We may decide to do it, and are working on the label art. We may come out with specific glassware for the beer. I think this would be a great giveaway for the anniversary.
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