Well, it’s January of 2016, and there’s been an early start to this year’s hurricane season. Hooray.
Unless something extremely powerful is coming our way, the response of many a Floridian is to get beer, ice, and chips, break out the reading flashlights, and have a hurricane party. Mike’s Beer Barn in Tallahassee did a brisk business before a hurricane hit FSU while I was there.
The stronger ones get a bit dicier, though. Due South knows this, which is why as the number increases in their Category IPA series, so does the hoppiness. Take, for example, Category 4 IPA (India Pale Ale, 7.7% ABV, 85 IBU).
Hops, hops, hops. It’s what you come to Due South for, isn’t it?
In terms of hop bitterness, I would place it on par as Category 5, to be honest. It’s got an absolutely giant, dank blend of hops that deliver a juicy, fruity explosion of bite.
Being a red IPA, there is a natural caramel malt quality to the flavor. That effect, however, is largely secondary in the flavor and almost non-existent in the aroma. If you’re going to journey into the eye of the storm, you’re going in for the hops.
But before you do, can you please put your hurricane shutters up? Thanks.
Drink Florida Craft,