FYNE ALES ORIGINS BREWING - spring 2018 collection
FORMAT: Bottle (375ml) & KeyKeg (limited)
Expedition is a fusion of old and new world IPAs, taking cues from the origins of the style over two hundred years ago when the beer would be packaged in wooden casks to be sent to India, developing new flavours during the voyage. In late 2016, a portion of Citra and Amarillo IPA brewed with our hill-sourced water was reserved into steam-cleaned Amarone wine barrels, where it would remain 12 months, maturing and becoming infused with the character of the American oak. The citrus character of the hops diminished during the year in barrels, but soft, stone-fruit notes were enhanced with hints of woody vanilla also present in the aged beer. Before packaging in late 2017, the beer was blended with a kettle-soured wheat beer to balance the flavours by reinvigorating some of the citrus notes and give a clean, lactic finish.
FROM THE BREW TEAM:
"Bringing together elements of modern and historical IPAs - new world hops, aged in oak and cut with lactic sour was a fun experiment for Origins Brewing - and the result, Expedition, is really satisfying. For a beer that has spent over a year in wood, it's very clean and thirst-quenching."
Cedar notes on the nose lead into soft fruit flavours layered on top of resinous oak with a hint of woody vanilla. In the finish, a splash of bright, citrus acidity leaves the pallette clean and refreshed.
Pairs well shellfish and seafood, and dishes with rich, creamy sauces.