Hops & Toast
|Hoppy Brown w/ Citra & Simcoe||6.70 %||67|
'India' As An Adjective
Just as light colored malts upended the status quo, so too did truly black malts impact the mid-19th century brewing 8industry. The addition of Black Patent Malt to Porter & Stout darkened the color from brown to black; this addition proved wildly popular. Within in a few years, it was an accepted ingredient in these two styles. The production of brown colored ales declined precipitously; by the 20th century they were virtually extinct. In the early 20th century, brewers across England resurrected the name which they applied to a host of very different beers. The new Brown Ales of Northern England were usually a light to medium brown color, low in IBU, and of above average ABV.
Faced with the problem of shipping beer from England to India by sea, brewers would brew a stronger beer and increase the amount of hops used in a bid to prevent spoilage over the long voyage. Regardless of intent, the 'India Pale Ale' proved popular on it's own merits: higher ABV, increased bitterness, flavor and aroma.
Clandestine's 'Hops & Toast' uses the Northern English Brown Ale as a base for the hop schedule of an India Pale Ale; it could be thought of as an India Brown Ale. This is an assertive beer, brewed with an all English malt bill, including plenty of Brown Malt. Heavily hopped with American aroma hops, the finished beer is dark, strong, and malty with a nose of toasted bread & sweet Orange Marmalade.