BELGIAN CHERRY IPA

Brewmaster’s Notes

Belgian breweries making strong British styles of beers, mostly IPA’s and Scotch Ales is a bit of a tradition. These aren’t Belgian styles and they were brewed in the tradition of British beers and they were universally exceptional with a slightly malt-forward palate. Our Belgian-style Cherry IPA is a unique hybrid in that it is a British-style IPA but brewed with this Belgian perspective and then refermented with a huge quantity of Ontario sour cherry juice to give it a red tone and a very distinct cherry aroma and palate similar to Belgian Kriek beers. The English Fuggles hops used in this beer are both traditional English IPA hops as well as having a flavour that melds very well with the sour cherry acidity.

This is a unique melding of Belgian and British styles with classic ale malts and hops typical of a traditional British IPA but flavoured with Ontario sour cherry juice to add colour and traditional Belgian character. Quite bitter for a fruit beer, this IPA has a unique balance of malt sweetness and the drying characteristics of high hopping rates and fruit acidity from the cherries.

Tasting Notes: Cherry and hop aroma leads to a drying cherry palate and lingering acidic cherry and earthy hop finish.
Appearance: Mid amber with red tone
Aroma: Sour pie cherry and light herbal hop
Body: Medium-full
Serving Suggestions: Fruity vinaigrette salad, goat cheese, cheesecake

Hops Variety: English Fuggles
Malt Variety: Pale, biscuit, caramel
Yeast: American Ale

ABV: 7.0
IBU: 50
Glassware: Thistle Stem Glass
Style: Hybrid Belgian-style;  IPA with Cherries
Serving Temp: 4-8 deg C