Retribution Black Rye IPA is a special collaboration brew with Spike Buckowski from Terrapin Beer Company.
Spike came to Cork in February to brew beer. En route to Mitchelstown, we took a detour to a little spot that he shares a name with, Spike Island. The reason was obvious, but the reaction less so. At one stage, Spike Island was a holding place for convicts awaiting transportation to Australia. It was also used as a staging post for the British on their way to put an end to what they called the American Revolution – what Spike calls the American War of Independence.
Inspired by Spike Island, we brewed something black, bitter and angry. It has rye, because Spike insists that every beer should have rye. It has patriotic hops like Cascade, Citra and Amarillo. We then dry hopped it until the hops wouldn’t fit in the fermenter anymore.
Here’s to Retribution.
Style: Black Rye IPA
Malt: Irish pale malt, Rye malt, Carafa III, Cararye
Hops: Cascade, Citra, Amarillo, Simcoe, dry hopped with Mandarina Bavaria and Mosiac
Strength: 6.2% ABV
Bitterness: 71 IBUs
Colour/appearance: black in the glass with a foamy light tan head.
Aroma: herbal notes with a sweet, fruity toffee melon aroma.
Flavour: up front fruit flavours – melon, strawberry, passion fruit – with a round, sweet medium body. A hit of black pepper and spice.
Aftertaste: roasted, toasted malt with pepper and a long, dry finish.
Food pairings: this is a full flavoured beer which needs some solid flavours to play against. Because of the solid malt base, it’s a good beer to use with – or in – a slow-braising situation. A long cooked shin of beef with prunes would be a good pairing or you could use it to quench the spicy fires of a vindaloo curry. And don’t miss out on the sweet side: put this with a double chocolate chip cookie for an unexpectedly transcendent match.
Launch Date: March 2017
Serving temperature: 8 degrees celsius
Availability: Bottles and draught (30L and 50L kegs)