Monday, January 9, 2012
Stumbling Kiwi India Red Ale
The beer to shoot for would also be one of contrast, with unusual yet inviting flavours, having a hefty punch yet an easy drinking character. I started with colour, going for red, a bit different for an IPA, but one which would allow me to use darker more flavourful malts without getting into the harshness of the dark roasted malts. I settled on Belgian special B to add colour and hints of dark fruit and raisins. I also used wild flower honey, to make this potent brew more quaffable and add a sweet, floral character. Added to all this would be the Riwaka and Motueka hops that would hopefully impart the character of tropical fruits and passion fruit that they are famed for. I used these mostly in late additions for a smoother, reduced bitterness, in addition to an intense hop flavour and aroma. This beer is already racing towards completion and should be ready for tasting very soon.