Tasting: November 30, 2016.
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Beer # 1,028
Peak Oil IPA
Some beer enthusiasts incorrectly state the history of the original India Pale Ales. They claim these ales had an elevated alcohol content because the higher ABV preserved the beer for its long voyage to India. However, these ales were mostly the same or slightly elevated when compared to other pale ales of the 18th century. Actually, the additional hops were probably more beneficial. Because hops are a natural preservative. Most of all, hops are also antibacterial in nature.
Similar fallacies are also attributed to Russian Imperial Stout. Rather than preserving, The higher alcohol kept the beer from freezing while being transported to Russia. Also, Russians liked their beer dark and strong.
This offering is from Fairfield’s Magnify Brewing. Wow. Look at that color. That’s opaque. Amongst other hops it is made with lupulin powder and hop oil. Lupulin is a yellowish and bitter powder found beneath the scales of the flowers of the female hop plant.
Massive citrus aroma. Acrid yet pithy hops out of the gate. Some melon flavors. Seems like mosaic. Surprisingly smooth and crushable for a 9.0% ABV beer. The hops fall off surprisingly fast. Most of all, a very nice offering from the young upstart brewery. In conclusion, Peak Oil IPA gets a 93. I really like the direction of this brewery.