The RACK ‘EM UP SERIES from Eight Degrees Brewing
#4 Purple Ball Brut IPA with Aliprandi
Eight Degrees is turning eight this year. To celebrate eight years of brewing, we are producing eight exciting and innov8ing beers throughout 2019, many of them collaborations with acclaimed craft breweries or with quality local producers. These eight unique beers will form part of our exciting and colourful RACK EM’ UP series.
Eight Years. Eight Beers. Eight Collabs.
We are excited to present a beer which reflects the fruitful relationship we have had with our Italian distributor Aliprandi over the last eight years.
It’s no secret that we love IPAs and this Brut IPA is a modern version of that style: it’s brewed to be bone dry and low in bitterness, but with a huge hop aroma. This beer resembles the famous Franciacorta wines of Lombardy, which are pale, dry and sparkling.
We finish it with a massive dry hop addition of Hallertau Blanc, for a lovely white grape aroma. The result is a bright spritzy, refreshing beer, just what you need for la dolce vita. Salute!
Style: Brut IPA
Malt: Two-row malted Irish barley.
Hops: Citra, Amarillo, Hallertau Blanc.
Colour/appearance: pale golden yellow, with a big moussy head.
Aroma: full bodied and fruity; apricot and white grape on the nose.
Flavour: the Hallertau Blanc hop is the main feature here and its elegant white wine-like characteristics are allowed to shine. The beer is vivid and vinous, with high and brisk carbonation. It has the fleshy stone fruit flavours of nectarine and apricot, alongside tropical pineapple and ripe grapes, with a touch of grapefruit and enough well balanced bitterness to keep it sippable.
Aftertaste: deliciously dry on the palate.
With the flavours of this beer aligned to white wine,with citrus and tropical fruit predominating, a creamy young Irish goat cheese from St Tola, Ardsallagh, Bluebell Farms and Bally will be an ideal match. Try it with seafood, specifically spanking fresh grilled mackerel with chilli butter, and taste the hops zipping straight through that spice. Head to Italy for a classic pairing: pesto Genovese with potatoes and green beans or try it with the Venetian risotto al neri di seppi, risotto with cuttlefish ink, for a glorious contrast.
Launch Date: July 2019.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: 440ml cans, limited draught.
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