Here at Quaff, we have decided to launch our own series of beers, brewed by our award-winning brewer and member of staff Dan. Dan has been home-brewing for over 3 years and has picking up accolades along the way (2015 & 2016 Snowdrop Inn supreme champion). He is a qualified winemaker (having recently graduated from Plumpton College). We will release a series of beers and with your feedback, hone and refine the beers so we can deliver the perfect pint! We would really appreciate your time in filling out the survey to help design on our very first beer!
It's our 4th beer release! and its a take on the NEIPA style, a modern interpretation of IPA. New England IPA's all have a few things in common which uncannily resemble fruit juice! The appearance, flavour and smell are all fresh, fruity and slightly sweet with little bitterness making them very very drinkable beers. Personally, I find some of these styles to be a little too similar to fruit juice because the beer lacks any bitterness to balance the huge sweetness hit and mass of fruit flavours. This take on the style has a slight change, that is to add more bitterness than you would expect in the style, hence the 'New Brighton IPA' something different!
The lead hop in this beer is Sorachi Ace, a very distinct and unusual hop developed in Japan in 1984. The aromas and flavours are lemon, coconut and in some cases dill notes. The malt base contains nearly 1/4 of unmalted oats and wheat, this adds masses of proteins and unfermentable sugars which add body and mouthfeel. The yeast also plays a big part in this style, and an English ale strain was selected for its low attenuation capabilities (only fermenting 70% of all sugars in the beer) leaving some unfermented sugars and producing its own fruity notes.