Here’s your cheat sheet for Level Up by Elusive Brewing. As soon as I saw that label it brought back happy childhood memories of playing with the original orange Donkey Kong Game & Watch from Nintendo. Ah, good times. So, as I’m already well-disposed towards this beer, and because psychology can mess with your taste experience like that, I’m expecting to enjoy this one rather well.
Elusive Brewing, Level Up / American Red Ale / 5% ABV / IBU not available
Featured in main subscriber box on 5 July 2018.
Serve this beer between 7°C and 10°C; stick it in the fridge for 90 minutes.
As ever, be wary of over-chilling your beer. More chill means less flavour. To learn more read my post on recommended serving temperatures.
Flavours to expect
So, a red ale. It’s not something we see a lot of over here in the UK. Expect a fruity aroma with a touch more malt flavour than a pale ale and a snappy bitter kick. In terms of hops, here’s what we’re looking at.
- Simcoe: pine, grapefruit, passionfruit
It should be crisp and still relatively light, with a modern flavourful aroma.
Red ales like this are good with a wide range of food, and particularly with spicy cuisine. Chicken and burgers will work, seafood too. For dessert options try a banana bread. Pecans can work well as can dulce de leche. Also poached pears, apparently. For cheese, go for lightly tangy ones, such as Port Salut.