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#3 Red Ball Aussie IPA with HPA

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.

A few years ago, a heated brewery debate about the world’s best hops led to our first Eight Degrees Brewing Hop Off. We brewed two versions of a hoppy IPA: Cyclone focused solely on Southern Hemisphere hops, while Hurricane used hops from the Northern Hemisphere. Much to the Aussie and Kiwi’s disappointment, the people’s vote declared Hurricane IPA the winner.

Despite this, we had unwittingly stumbled upon something great. One of the hops selected for Cyclone IPA was a new Hop Products Australia (HPA) cultivar called Ella with delicious floral and spicy characteristics. This hop was to help us produce many world-beating beers including our famous Amber Ella Amber Ale.

For this Aussie IPA we are showcasing two HPA stunners – and two EDB favourites – Vic Secret & Enigma. Vic Secret is irresistible, with aromas of pineapple, a hint of herb and pine resin. Enigma has a softer bitterness, alongside the characteristic fruity melon flavour and aroma.

All the way from Australia for your drinking pleasure.

Style: IPA
Malt: Two-row malted Irish barley, crystal malt.
Hops: Vic Secret, Enigma.
ABV: 5.7%
IBUs: 61

Tasting notes
Colour/appearance: a rich caramel orange in the glass with a fluffy white head.
Aroma: masses of tutti frutti tropical fruit to the fore, with a note of lime, followed by sweet dank hops.
Flavour: this is a full bodied and complex beer with lots of rich ripe mango and melon. As it warms up, the flavours of soft red fruits come through, especially redcurrant, undercut with the zingy tartness of Rose’s Lime Marmalade. Drink slowly for the best effect.
Aftertaste: there’s a solidly bitter backbone, finishing with lingering flavours of citrus peel alongside a faint herbal note of menthol and eucalyptus.

Food Pairings
Waterford chef Michael Quin made spiced wild boar koftas using meat from our Ballinwillan House neighbours for a recent event; this is the beer that you want to pair with those gorgeously flavoured morsels. Out of wild boar? Try it with lamb instead – the sweet malt will compliment the meat while that bitter finish cuts through the richness. Looking for something lighter? Sticky grilled miso and ginger aubergine is a match you won’t regret.

Launch Date: May 2019.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: 440ml cans, limited draught.
Get social: #RedBallAussieIPA

Read more
RACK ‘EM UP SERIES #1: Yellow Ball Double Dry Hop IPA with Bale Breaker Brewing & Revolution Brewing
RACK ‘EM UP SERIES #2: Blue Ball Coffee-Infused Vienna Lager with Badger & Dodo
2013 It’s a hop off! Hurricane IPA vs Cyclone IPA
Premium release: Hurricane IPA

Watch
For your viewing pleasure, here’s a (very amateur!) video from the original hop off in 2013, in which our Kiwi and Aussie (mainly the Aussie) state the case for Cyclone IPA.

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