D.R.A. Dunedin Red Ale
Hops, if you haven’t already guessed, are one of the ingredients of brewing we love to experiment with, using different techniques and hopping at different times during the brewing process. Occasionally we get the treat of playing with a hop none of us have used in any great lashing.
With D.R.A. we’ve been working with the hop US Warrior. This is a high alpha hop, typically used early in the boil, which generates firm, dry bitterness in American Pale Ales.
We used Warrior in both the boil, and in subsequent dry hoppings, with support from US Simcoe, Centennial and Amarillo – similar to a Highlanders front row.
The result is a nice firm hop aroma, with a medium malt body with the use of Gladfield’s American Pale Ale and Vienna malts, with a resounding dry finish.
The last few months have seen us release both Mr Jo’s Golden Ale, and Vertumnus, an American Hopped Pilsner. We’re sensing a successful theme here, and are looking to continue down this road with our next Brewer’s Reserve as well. Long live the glorious hop!
Cheers, The Brew Crew
Alcohol: 5.3% ABV
Malts: Bairds, Glad US Ale, Vienna, Redback, crystal, chocolate
Yeast: American Ale
Hops: US Warrior, US Simcoe, US Centennial, US Amarillo