This week BeerBods have chosen to feature Maule Brewing Co. They’re still pretty small, and brew in limited batches, so getting all of us bods drinking the same beer was a tough call. Instead they given us two beers. This cheat sheet is for Lucky IPA. If you have Smashing Pale Ale instead I’ve made a separate post for that.
Maule Brewing Co, Lucky IPA / IPA / 5.7% ABV / IBU 47
Featured in main subscriber box on 21 June 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
The brewery tells us that this beer has a “sweet caramel malt body, with a clean mid palate bitterness which drifts away leaving you with a smooth finish and wanting another sip”. Sounds great. There’s come crystal malt in there, plus torrified wheat (probably just a touch to aid head retention). And for the hops we have:
- Warrior: resinous, herbal, pine
- Galaxy: fruity, passionfruit and citrus
- Simcoe: pine, grapefruit, passionfruit
Expect a bold and fruity beer with biscuity malts and assertive hop bitterness. To pair with food you’ll need similarly robust flavours so look for strong, spicy food. Curry is a classic. Mild blue cheese can work a treat. Bold, sweet desserts are good. Lots of sweet caramel to balance out the bitterness can work a treat and play to the malty side of the beer. Then add some fruity elements to match up to the hops.