Hales Ales crafted the official Seattle Beer Week Double IPA for 2010. The kick off for Seattle Beer Week began with THREE kick off parties. The first party began at Hales Ales with two events: a pairing event and release of the official Seattle Beer Week Double IPA.
This is a beer for all of those Northwest Hop Heads. This Double IPA is an opaque tangerine color. The nose is big, bold grapefruit with floral notes. This beer is bright and tart with citrus that persists from the nose all the way through the lingering finish. Lemon, orange, grapefruit is juicy and complex flavors that evolves on the palate into a bitter lemon rind finish that I was chewing on for over half an hour! Bit of pine essence for complexity in the hop matrix but citrus reigns supreme in this Washington Double IPA.
This Double IPA has nice body due to the addition of oats. The malt profile includes: Belgian Aromatic and Munich. The hops include:
“Columbus and Magnum in the bittering, Chinook, Cascade and Centennial in the late hop additions, and Centennial, Cascade, Amarillo, Chinook and Simcoe in the dry hop”
The target IBU is 100 but they tell me it has been shifting a bit and is ranging between 70-100. I am guessing the sample that I tasted was a good 80+.
Hales Ales has been driving around town in the classic Hales Ale bus delivering kegs of the Hales Ales Seattle Beer Week Double IPA to brew pubs around town for your enjoyment this Seattle Beer Week.
The official Seattle Beer Week beer is also available in the bottle. You can buy it by the bottle at better beer stores. In honor of Seattle Beer Week, all three Ken’s Markets have the Seattle Beer Week Double IPA on sale for only $3.99.