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Thursday, July 15, 2010

What a Beautiful Pair...

Just saw this pair of new beers coming from Great Divide, and it got me excited. Here's the descriptions: 
"Rumble IPA is an American IPA with subtle nuance. Brewed with heavy handed additions of Pacific Northwest hops, this beer is gently aged on French and American oak resulting in a wonderful balance of bitterness, caramel sweetness, vanilla, and undertones of pine and citrus. Very inspiring. 7.1% ABV. Available in six packs and on draft."
"Smoked Baltic Porter is the sultry sister of a storied style. Brewed with traditional German malts and hops, this dark lager gets its special twist from a hefty addition of Bamberg smoked malt. This smoldering, medium-bodied lager is sure to please. Smoked Baltic Porter is smooth, smoky and dark...mysterious enough yet? 6.2% ABV. Available in 22oz bottles and on draft."
 I'm going to have to find some of this stuff.


Anonymous said...

6.2% seems low for a baltic porter, and i'm not complaining! not exactly session strength, but not really a booze bomb either. both look very interesting.

Lew Bryson said...

BPs actually have quite a large range in indigenous commercial examples, from 5.5% to 9%, so 6.2% is not that bad. Most of the familiar ones in the US -- Okocim, Sinebrychoff, Carnegie -- run in the higher end, but you'll find that the Latvian and Estonian examples tend towards the lower. We brewed up a 5.8% BP at Sierra Nevada back in April, and I had a sixtel at a family party over July 4th: hot weather BP was very well received!

The New Albanian said...

Jared brewed up a batch of Smoked Baltic Porter at about the same ABV. It's in honor of my 50th birthday, and is called Ancient Rage (for no particular reason).

I thought we were on to something with the variation on the style and then both Great Divide and (I think) Left Hand have one coming. The more the merrier.

Scott said...

I've been on an IPA kick lately and am not sure why. It kind of works on me like Metamucil.