Wild Ballyhoura: Hopsfume 100% Brett IPA

About the beer
Our ambition is to blend the best characteristics of a great IPA with a wild, rustic farmhouse yeast called Brett, or – to use its full name – Brettanomyces Clausenii. Think bright, hoppy, citrus fruit aromas combining with an unsettling streak of funk to miraculously create a beer that is complex, tart and funky. If it makes you think of something cooked up in a Burco boiler in the backshed of a Big Nothin’ homesteader, then you’re on the right track.

Brett scavenges oxygen in the beer, keeping the hop profile fresher and brighter for longer; we’re miles away from a sweaty barnyard animal slumbering on a horse blanket with a half eaten roasted pineapple in his mouth.

About the name
Arguably the greatest Irish literary work of the twenty first century was written by a Limerickman reared by Cork. City of Bohane by Kevin Barry tells a story of gang warfare in a fictional town many years in the future. This Bohane is a rough spot; the only employment is in meat processing or brewing: “Bohane builds bacon and Bohane builds beer”. In this dystopia we’re back to drinking a narrow range of beers but there’s still brewing happening.

(By the way, we didn’t just nick the name; we’ve been in contact with Kevin and he’s happy for us to use it!)

Short description: 100% Brett IPA.

Style: Brett IPA. Unfined and unfiltered, fermented and aged in stainless.
Hops: Citra, Amarillo.
Malt: Irish pale ale malt, CaraPils, wheat malt, oat malt.
Strength: 8.3% ABV
Bitterness: 65 IBUs

Tasting notes
Colour/appearance: Hazy golden yellow, like a Bohane sunrise. Low carbonation.
Aroma: An immediate note of fresh, juicy Citra with an undertone of spicy funk.
Flavour: Upfront luscious sweet fruit, predominately ripe peaches, while it rolls around in the mouth, returning to that spiky spice, predominately cloves and allspice, underpinned with a salty liquorice brett backbone. It’s a marvel of a beer and we’re all very fond of it.
Aftertaste: A slight tannic note of pear cores. Long, complex finish, dancing like a boozy angel on your tongue.

This beer has a long best before date so it’s worth buying two bottles; drink one young to get the best of the fresh hop character and cellar the other.

Food pairings
As with many brett beers, this is a beer for all courses but we’ll just confine ourselves to a few. It can stand up to the rich flavours in a properly aged rib eye steak, taking on all accompanying sauces with aplomb, or some well hung game; the spicy flavours will work wonderfully with a pheasant and mushroom casserole. Have some aged, washed rind Irish farmhouse cheese currently stinking out the fridge? There’s enough bitterness to cut through the most pungent Milleens. Complement those juicy, fruity flavours by pairing it with a large slice of peach and blueberry pie.

Launch Date: July 2018.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: Very limited draught and 750ml bottles.

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