– American India Pale Ale 7,0%
Norway’s West Coast has lent its name to this very hoppy ale, historically designed to withstand the long passage to India. Accordingly, the fine, fruity nuances from the open fermentation are rather more difficult to discern. The malt mixture, incorporating Pale Ale malt and two varieties of caramel malt, are necessary to balance the power of the hops, which are added during the final half-hour of the boil to enhance the flavour and aroma. Once the primary fermentation has occurred, the ale spends nine days with dry hops in the tank, infused with Amarillo, Cascade, Simcoe and Zeus,, before being tapped into bottles and kegs for natural carbonation. Given that this India Pale Ale is brewed in Norway’s westernmost town, the designation West Coast IPA is most appropriate. The powerful imprint of hops is an ideal accompaniment to spicy dishes, and, surprisingly, also the perfect adjunct to cured ribs of mountain-grazed mutton. Vestkyst even excels with blue cheese and carrot cake.
Malt: Pale Ale malt, light caramel malt and caramel malt
Hops: Zeus, Simcoe, Cascade and Amarillo
Yeast: Wyeast 1318 London Ale III