Limited Release from Dogfish Head: The Perfect Disguise!
4/6 Packs Item # 31989 $46.50 ($2 off 5 cases, $3 off 10, $4 off15)
1/6 Bbls Item # 31990 $82.50
Is it an IPA disguised as a Kölsch or a Kölsch disguised as an IPA?
On the surface, The Perfect Disguise looks like a straightforward Kölsch with a crisp Kölsch yeast and traditional German malts and hops … but things aren’t always what they seem. With a quick sniff and a slight sip, you’re greeted by a creamy mouthfeel and full body thanks to the addition of a unique German chit malt - the first hint that this beer may be somewhat different. Hiding deeper behind that German disguise is the double dry-hopping of an American Double IPA, with nearly 4 lbs. of German and American hops per barrel. It brings tropical flavors of citrus, tangerine, mango, gooseberries and peach.
Long Trail Seasonal Trail Vision is in!
4/6 Packs Item # 48825 $28.70
Our spring seasonal, Trail Vision, is inspired by the time of year when the days grow longer and the sun shines a little brighter; the days when visions of the trail become more than just warm thoughts; the days when the end of hibernation season looms on the horizon.
Expect a smooth, crisp malt profile from a grist of 2-Row and Pilsner malts that clears the path for citrus, floral and spice hop notes derived from additions of Cascade and Centennial in the dry hopper. (5%)
Long Trail Spring Variety is In!
2/12 Packs Item # 48820 $28.70 ($4.50 off 5 cases, $5.50 off 15, $6.50 off 25)
LOCAL Ipswich Limited Release: Defrost!
6/4 Pack 16 oz Cans Item # 11921 $52.00
1/6 Bbls Item # 11922 $80.00
½ Bbls Item # 11923 $180.00
A Weizenbock style ale, in early January as a new limited winter seasonal offering. This rich, warming, malt-forward Bavarian style presents iconic German yeast flavors of banana and clove against a complex malt base with notes of chocolate and dark fruit. (8%)
Peak Limited Release: Bloom!
6/4 Pack 16 oz Cans Item # 20402 $58.00
Bloom is a delectable double IPA – overflowing with bright, blossoming hops that remind us of spring time. Organic Mosaic and Idaho 7 hops burst with immense floral, citrus and pine notes. The body is hazy with a nice round mouthfeel. Bloom is an explosion of hoppy goodness, but don’t forget that its 8.1%! Enjoy.
New from Samuel Adams: New England Pale Ale!
6/4 Pack 16 oz Cans Item # 15529 $45.00
This hazy, mellow pale ale is brewed with five different hops delivering fruity notes of mango and peach. The German hops add roundness and complexity to the already fruit-forward character of this New England-style beer. (5.5%)
Shipyard Steady is in!
4/6 Packs Item # 65940 $28.70
2/12 Packs Item # 63326 $28.70 ($2.00 off 5 cases, $4 off 15)
1/6 Bbls Item # 63324 $68.00
½ Bbls Item # 63325 $156.00
Innovatively constructed, brewed in tradition, this hoppy pale ale is truly one for everyone.
Designed with an unique blend of new age American Hops, this dependable treat brings forward notes of citrus and lemon grass. Light to medium in body it goes down smooth and easy, finishing crisp, with a kiss of fruity hops.
Hold Steady and enjoy! (5.1%)
New from Shipyard: Deep Devil!
4/6 Packs Item # 62029 $28.70
Deep Devil presents hints of caramel, roasted nuts and sweet breads. Medium in body it drinks smooth and easy, finishing light, leaving subtle hints of dark toast and brown sugar. Beware, Deep Devil is dangerous…ly delightful. (5.4%)
NEW FROM TWO ROADS! DRY & MIGHTY!
4/6 Packs Item # 03697 $37.00
1/6 Bbls Item # 03698 $75.00
WHAT IS DRY & MIGHTY?
Our newest seasonal release Dry & Mighty Brut IPA, is one of a new substyle of IPA that is spreading like wildfire throughout the USA and beyond. Dry & Mighty Brut IPA exhibits an assertive yet refined hop aroma and flavor while maintaining a low hop bitterness that is a big part of the current popularity of Hazy IPAs.
So What Is “BRUT IPA”, anyway?
As you may have noticed there are a ton of IPA’s in today’s craft beer market. The name is widely recognized by even the most novice craft consumers. What may not be evident is how many variations on the IPA theme actually exist. The style seems to keep splitting and introducing new versions and subsets right before our eyes.
One of the newest entries has made a bigger splash than most: Brut IPA. This type of IPA (India Pale Ale, in case you weren’t already aware) is said to have been created by a San Francisco Bay area brewer just a bit over a year ago. Part of this emerging legend is that this brewer wanted to come up with a counterpoint to the now ubiquitous Hazy IPA, aka New England-style IPA, suddenly being produced by brewers around the globe (Yours Truly has seen “New England-style IPA” proudly marketed by brewers in England, Vietnam and even more unlikely in California and Colorado!). Presumably, Brut IPA was also an attempt to re-establish the west coast as the driver of all craft beer trends. From my seat it is still way too early to predict the spread and longevity of Brut IPA over the coming years. Nevertheless we at Two Roads are putting our hat in the ring with Dry & Mighty our seasonal Brut IPA currently available wherever Two Roads is sold.
The name Brut IPA derives its name from the traditional French practice of categorizing Champagne by the degree of residual sweetness they possess. In order of residual sweetness there are; “sec”, “demi-sec”, “brut” and “extra brut” versions of classic French Champagne. “Brut” is the most popular type worldwide. “Extra Brut” is more dry/less sweet than Brut (it’s only a matter of time that we have “Extra Brut IPA” and “Double Brut IPA”, etc.). I digress but I think you get the picture.
Brut IPA is hyper-fermented compared to other IPAs and craft beers in general. In order to achieve this very high level of dryness brewers of Brut IPA resort to adding enzymes to convert higher-order sugars, normally not fermentable by brewer’s yeast, into sugars that can be fully fermented and contribute to a much drier beer with a higher alcohol content. A normal beer wort is roughly 80% fermentable by brewer’s yeast. A beer wort that has been treated with enzyme (glucoamylase, in case you are wondering) can come close to 100% fermentability. In the recent past, a craft brewer adding additional enzyme to their wort would have been viewed as heresy but today it is somewhat of a badge of honor. Such is part and parcel of how rapidly and to what degree the craft beer world fashion can change.
If Brut IPA is to be a counterpoint to Hazy IPA, as well as live up to its Champagne terminology, it had better be on the clear side, if not brilliant. The style is still very much under development but the majority that this reporter has seen have been clear. One common trait that both “rivals” possess is a low to very low hop bitterness. Hazy or sometimes “Juicy” IPAs tend to have a high level of sweetness and body. You know, the “Juice” thing. Brut IPAs require a low hop bitterness because there is relatively little sweetness left in the beer for flavor balance. Because there is little residual sweetness an appreciable amount of hop bitterness would come across as overly harsh and bitter.
So now you know some of the back story on Brut IPA. Sensory-wise let’s recap. A Brut IPA should have a moderately intense hop aroma, generally of the fruity and herbal direction. Very low maltiness due to the extraordinarily high degree of fermentation. Brut IPAs should be extraordinarily dry and light body and a low-moderate bitterness that is noticeable due to the lack of residual sweetness. In essence, it should come across as the “Champagne of IPAs.”