The RACK ‘EM UP SERIES from Eight Degrees Brewing
#1: Yellow Ball Double Dry Hop IPA with Bale Breaker Brewing and Revolution Brewing
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.
First in the line up is a double dry-hopped IPA. This is a three-way collaboration between Eight Degrees, Bale Breaker Brewing – from the hop heaven that is Washington’s Yakima Valley – and Revolution Brewing, Chicago’s largest independent craft beer brewery. It’s a showcase of Yakima Valley’s finest hops chosen by Bale Breaker, a malt bill picked by Eight Degrees to feature the best of local Irish malt and a yeast strain chosen by Revolution. The result is a beer supercharged with hop freshness and aroma.
Style: Double Dry Hop IPA
Malt: Two-Row Irish malted barley, CaraPils.
Hops: Simcoe + late addition of Citra and Jester.
Colour/appearance: deep, dark gold in the glass with a white, pillowy head.
Aroma: an up-front biscuit malt sweetness initially, followed by pepper spice and dank pine.
Flavour: medium carbonation, juicy and full bodied. A classic West Coast IPA, with sweet stone fruit to the forefront, quickly dominated by pine sap bitterness, alongside white pepper and ginger spice notes.
Aftertaste: a lemon marmalade bitterness that lingers.
We love beer and cheese and this IPA goes particularly well with blue cheese, especially our local favourite Cashel Blue, the creamy funk of the cheese contrasting beautifully with the bitterness of the beer. Make that Cashel Blue into a pungent blue cheese sauce for your rib eye and you hit two bases: that previously mentioned contrast alongside the complementary way that Yellow Ball IPA’s malt base works with a properly seared steak. Or go sweet and put this beer with a traditional American sweet potato pie to play off the spices and cut through the rich earthy flavour.
Launch Date: March 2019.
Serving temperature: 8 degrees Celsius
Availability: 440ml cans, limited draught.
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