Brewer’s Reserve - March 2014
We couldn’t believe it - was Richard having a true acid flashback when we created Acid Trip, the second in our series of Summer Pale Ales?
It appears he was as this 1990 photo of our leather clad brew warrior shows. He asked us to be careful with this photo so…. in true style we totally ignored him and brewed a hoppy session pale ale to honour this fine image.
Acid Flashback is the culmination of our Summer Pale Ale brewing – to achieve huge hop flavour and aroma without the heavy high alcohol kick.
The base kettle hopping hasn’t really changed since Acid Trip, we knew we had that about right but it’s in the dry hopping where we’ve given Flashback it’s mood-altering buzz. A combination of Zythos, Citra, Cascade, Amarillo, and one other mystery US hop (can’t give everything away) punch the aroma up out of the glass with an amazing follow through of incredible juicy, complex, hop flavours.
Bitterness is up a touch, due to the increased late hopping and that adds a nice firm finish to the hop trip your taste buds have just experienced.
We reckon we are in the outer bullseye with Flashback and it ain’t going to get any closer to that elusive ‘nirvanic’ inner bullseye until next Summer – cos we’re moving on to something a little more malt intriguing for you …. we’re brewing with Rye!
The Brew Crew
Original gravity: 1052
Alcohol : 4.9 % a.b.v
Malts : NZ Ale malt, Caramalts
Hops : Zythos, Citra, US Cascade, Amarillo, Simcoe, X
Yeast: American Ale
Available for a short time only from the brewery shop and selected bars. Draught only