A vivid bright red pigment, vermilion was highly prized by Renaissance artists but, because it was as expensive as gold leaf, only used sparingly for the most important decorative manuscripts and frescos. Also called Chinese Red, Taoists regarded the bloody red pigment as the colour of life and used it to make made potions meant to rejuvenate and heal.
Whilst we would never make this claim, the precious hops that we use in this red IPA have a preservative effect but, more importantly, impart the luscious tropical fruit flavours of juicy mango and passionfruit, underpinned by bitter orange and pine.
Style: Red IPA
Malt: Two-Row Irish malted barley, CaraMunich, CaraAroma.
Hops: Vic Secret, Enigma
Colour/appearance: a distinct terracotta tint with a billowing creamy head.
Aroma: sweet tropical fruit on the nose initially, with dank and leafy depths.
Flavour: there’s a proper amount of robust bitterness up front here with bitter Seville orange peel, lime and pine coming through at the start. The tropical fruit flavours are more evident as the beer warms up in the glass.
Aftertaste: lingering assertive bitterness.
Food pairings: the delicious bitter aftertaste of this beer makes it ideal to cut through any rich foods. Pairs well with roast chicken, turkey or goose, the caramel notes in the beer hooking onto the flavours of the crispy roast skin and making sure that it never becomes to. Savour it alongside a sweet-savoury-sour dish of Pad Thai noodles or try with some Irish farmhouse cheese like Hegarty’s Comté-style Tempegall or their distinctive piquant Cheddar.
Launch Date: December 2018.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: 440ml cans, limited draught.
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