(Portsmouth, NH) – Just received this email from Smuttynose Brewing HQ…
Hello Smuttynose fans! We want to invite you to visit the brewery on Thursday, June 28, 2012 for our first Short Batch Beer bottle release. From 5pm to 7pm, we’ll be pouring samples and selling bottles of our new Rye IPA.
What exactly is a rye IPA? It’s one of several new IPA sub-styles and as the name implies, it uses a sizeable portion of rye in the grain bill. Here are a few more specifics.
The beer uses our best-selling Finest Kind IPA as template, but a few key changes make this beer a significantly different beer.
1) We tweaked the grain bill adding 30% rye malt and swapped Aromatic malt for C-60. Rye adds a spicy note while Aromatic malt adds a more subtle flavor than C-60 but increases malt aroma.
2) We lowered the mash rest temperature a few degrees, giving the final beer less body and more drinkability.
3) We jacked up the dry hopping to four times the level of Finest Kind. That means a big, hoppy aroma!
We will be pouring samples during the release, so you’ll be able to try the beer before you buy it. Just park around the back of the building and come in our tour entrance. The 750ml cork finished champagne bottles are $15 each and are only available at Smuttynose, while supplies last. They also come with their own brown paper bag.
We hope you’ll join us for our first Short Batch bottle release!
The Stat Box:
Malts: North American 2-Row, Rye Malt, Crisp Pale Ale, Aromatic
Hops: Bittering: Magnum, Flavor: Simcoe, Amarillo Dry-Hop: Simcoe and Amarillo at 2# per barrel
Yeast: WLP-001 American Ale Yeast
Batch Size: 25 barrels (775 gallons), 20 cases bottled