Spiced Maple Vanilla Pumpkin Pie Imperial American Cream Stout.* - on Nitro
"There are few who'd deny, at what I do I am the best
For my talents are renowned far and wide
When it comes to surprises in the moonlit night
I excel without ever even trying
With the slightest little effort of my ghostlike charms
I have seen grown men give out a shriek
With the wave of my hand, and a well-placed moan
I have swept the very bravest off their feet
Yet year after year, it's the same routine
And I grow so weary of the sound of screams
And I, Jack, the Pumpkin King
Have grown so tired of the same old thing"
Brewed for the US stand at Beervana 2022 this Spiced Maple Vanilla Pumpkin Pie Imperial American Cream Stout is an extravagant love letter to American overindulgence.
A rich and toasty base of 8 different malts was mashed with absurd amounts of house roasted pumpkin, brown sugar and cacao husks and then subjected to a criminally long boil to add body and rich caramel notes. We then dosed the beer with a carefully blended Pumpkin Spice mix of Cinnamon, Clove, Allspice, Ginger and Nutmeg.
To round out this debauched and decadent creation we dialled the flavours up even further with generous additions of Vanilla, Maple Syrup and Lactose. Served on Nitro for the ultimate creamy finish.
"In the fast-paced world of brewing, a rivalry brews between rookie hotshot Chris Pritchett and veteran brewer Brayden Rawlinson. When both of them are seriously injured in competition, the former bitter rivals become close friends."
Fork Brewer Brayden said, "Obviously I just ripped off half of the plot to Days of Thunder - the movie about NASCAR ('MURICA) which this beer is named after, but you get the point."
Haze of Thunder is a Hazy IPA that combines Comet with Citra Cryo hops in a flavour combination that is sure to leave burnouts all over your taste buds.
(Nitro): Creamy, dreamy, luscious. Cookies and cream also dominate the palate. Lighter than you’d expect for a stout served on nitro, which is expected for a 3%. Very drinkable! Try it with an Oreo – you wont be disappointed!
Quite sweet with smooth dark grain flavours, and restrained bitterness. Roasted grain and malt character can be moderate to high with a smooth coffee or chocolate flavour, although the roast character is moderated in the balance by the sweet finish. Moderate to high fruity esters. Can have a sweet, dark rum-like quality. Little to no hop flavour.
All the aromas on the nose are clearly evident on the palate. Big, dominating passionfruit and other tropical (lychee) flavours punching through, with a green, grass-like finish. Seemingly dry. Short finish. Slightly tart. Differently bitter – a more complex combination of both IBUs and phenolic bitterness coming from the grape skins help to round off this unique beer. Well carbonated!
All the aromas on the nose are clearly evident on the palate. Pronounced, fruity flavours of fresh white stone fruit (think peaches, apricot) and sweet citrus (navel orange) concentrate. Seemingly dry. Slightly tart. Nice phenolic/estery character on the back palate. Good carbonation. Crisp. Alcohol is well hidden.
Crisp and dry. Earthy tones meld well with the citrusy hop flavours. A slick sensation on the back palate, characteristic of both rye and the generous use of hop oils later in the fermentation. An interesting beer, nonetheless. Quite polarising as most rye beers tend to be.
The pale golden Bohemian Hipster Pilsner pours perfectly clear and throws a classic grassy and herbaceous nose. Wonderfully balanced, the Hipster is a dry, quenching and - frankly - hip lager which will down well with cool people during a hot summer.
Style: Red IPA (Collaboration with Odell Brewing)
Malt: Redbach, Aurora, Dark Crystal, Wheat, American Ale
Hops: Wai iti, Mandarina, Hallertau Blanc, NZ Chnook
Yeast: House strain, warm fermented
Look: A honey ruby red with a hazy head
Flavor: kiwi hop fruitness and toasty malt characters, gentle yet spritzy finish.
Aroma: Caramel malts, raspberry and citrus spice
A pleasant caramel and nut-y malt characters provide a strong background for a wonderful marmalade and red berry finish.
Exceptionally hoppy and packed full of flavours of punchy tropical and citrus. Not as bitter as the nose leads you to believe. Rounded and smooth. Medium-full bodied. Nice carbonation. No hints of higher (fusel) alcohol(s). A noticeably bigger beer.
Water to a dying man. This beer is the pinnacle of the current most sought after style of beer. Giant tropical hop bomb, very light malt character and strong fruit and citrus flavour with a bitter bite to round off.
A fruity APA that will quench any thirst. Citrus followed by a sweet malt backing.
Malt: Ale, Caragold, Light Crystal
Hops: Riwaka, Citra, Pacific Jade, Mosaic
Yeast: House Strain, warm fermented
Look: Liquid gold, the colour of the spring sun as it dips over the Makara hills
Flavor: Take a sip and the gentle bitterness flows across your tongue. It lingers and
heads south, followed by that sweetness. That yin to the hop yang. The fruit-rich
flavors and hop oils coat the mouth with an almost sherbert-like tang...all zest and
citrus and quaffable goodness.
Aroma: a deep sniff shows dominant hop resins. A mixture of passionfruit and
tangerine. Of fresh grass and gooseberries. All surrounded by a soft and sweet malt
A deliciously sweet sour ale that will leave you craving for more. Berries dominate this beautiful beer and leaves your tongue with a tangy, fruity aftertaste.
What the hell is Aronia you ask? A fine, fine question...
Aronia is a fruit also known as Chokeberry and in the same family as all those other scrumptious fruits such as apples, plums, cherries, raspberries and many more! The fruit is native to North America but used in multiple countries to make anything from jams and jellies, right through to wines and herbal teas.
It's called a chokeberry due to its intense bitterness when unripe. It's one of the highest measured fruits for its anthocyanin content. These are a type of polyphenol (often quite astringent to taste) and a wonderful antioxidant. They also make Aronia intensely coloured, making the beer itself a deep and rich crimson colour.
A similar grist (grain bill) to my other fruited sour ales was used and then lightly soured using lactic acid in the kettle. I didn't want to use lactic acid producing bacteria as per usual, as I was unsure of extent of the Aronia's acidity and the impact it would have on the final drinkability. Lactic acid is produced by a bacterial fermentation process and purified for use in food and beverages, so by slowly adding this throughout the process, it resulted in something that has the perfect sweet/sour balance.
As well as Aronia, pureed blueberries, raspberries and boysenberries were also added at fermentation to really make the beer taste like the freshest jam!
Unfiltered and without any finings added, this is vegan friendly and I reckon should definitely count as one of your fruits for the day! A total equivalent of 170 kilograms of raw fruit was used in a 1100 litre batch! So we'll be generous and say a pint has about the same weight of fruit as a small apple. Excellent!
The Aronia Syndrome - Berried Sour Ale - 6.0%
Malt - Pilsener, Wheat, Sour Grapes, Oats
Hops - Aged Falconer's Flight (2012)
Other - Aronia juice, pureed blueberries, raspberries and boysenberries, lactose, lactic acid
Yeast - House strain, warm fermented
Aroma - Big notes of berry fruit with tart blackberry and boysenberry aromatics dominating.
Flavour - Initial berry sweetness followed by mid-palate sourness and juice berry flavours throughout. Finishes with a good balance of sourness and sweetness. Light malt character throughout.
Appearance - A deep crimson colour, almost Ribena-like. A wonderful pink foam upon pouring.
A beer straight from Burton-on-Trent. A scrumptious malt profile with a slight zesty character all the way through.
Style: Burton Ale
Malt: Ale, Wheat, Aurora, Gladiator
Hops: Madorina Bavaria
Yeast: House Strain- warm fermentation
Other: NZ Sweet Navel Orange Zest
Look: Bright brown-red with a faint beige head
Flavor: Toasty malt profile with hints of roasted nuts, dark caramel and resinous, caramelized
orange zest. Finished with violet-like floral esters and an interplay of malt sweetness and
palate dryness to balance and boost drink ability
Aroma: just burnt sugar combines with pear-like esters,citrus and hop resin and soft caramel.
Subtle herbal zing to the hoppy notes.
A pale ale that doesn't sacrifice taste for it's session strength. Delicious malt character followed by juicy, fruity hops.
Style: Extra Pale Ale
Malt: lager light, naked barley
Hops: ANS 035, ANS Galaxy, American Citra
Yeast: fork house strain, warm fermentation
Look: EXTRA pale!
Flavor: initial clean, biscuit malt character with goodmid-palate weight and a mixture
of white peach juice, pineapple, papaya andlemon balm. Finishes light and dry
Aroma: green papaya, starfruit, cape gooseberries and pinkguava
This unique corn lager is bursting with pink grapefruit and blood orange aromatics. Lean and clean on the palate, it allows the Nelson Sauvin flavours to shine through with gooseberry and white grape aplenty.
Style: Single-hopped Maize Lager.
Malt: Eraclea Pilsner and Flaked Maize
Hops: Nelson Sauvin
Yeast: House strain, cool fermented
Look: Light yellow with a slight haze. If you're lucky, you may even get a few flecks
of real Unicorn, due to the coarse filtration.
Flavor: Upfront sweetness combines with flavours of blood orange and mango. Zesty
and bright in the mouth, with a light bitterness and citrus flavours to finish. Solid,
spritzy carbonation acts to temper the malt character
Aroma: A combination of fresh lime and mandarin zest with ruby grapefruit juice and
a classic, underlying fresh-hop "grassy" nose
Bitterness - Medium-low
Passionfruit hits the nose straight away and the juniper hits the back of your tongue with a sweet, lasting tangy flavor. A delicious sour ale that leaves the tongue wanting more.
Style: Passionfruit & Juniper Sour Ale
Malt: Pilsener, Wheat, Flaked Barley, Sour Grapes
Hops: US Cascade
Yeast: house strain, warm fermented
Other: Passionfruit pulp, Juniper berries, Yoghurt bacteria (Lactobacillus delbrueckii and
Look: golden hue with white head
Flavor: tartness, combination of yoghurt bug-derived lactic acid and natural malic, citric
and ascorbic acids that the passionfruit brings, subtle sourness that is both refreshing and
cleansing in this juicy sour.
Aroma: a heady, tropical, passionfruit tang with an underlying lemon and pine, gin-like
This light-hued beauty takes the classic German Helles (Pale) Lager style and gives it a twist! Incredibly drinkable due to it's classic style, not too hoppy but a flavor that doesn't overstay it's welcome.
Style: Helles (Pale) Lager.
Malt: Germa Pilsner
Yeast: house strain, cool fermented
Look: Bright clear gold. White head. No haze at all.
Flavor: Light bitterness, passionfruit and red grapefruit
Aroma: Tropical fruit and lemon spice
An APA for every beer drinker. Delicious balance of hops and malt with a beautiful brown-gold hue.
Style: American Pale Ale
Malt: Pilsener, Ale, Toffee, Shepard’s Delight, CarafaSpecial II
Hops: Various. Often US Cascade and other US various
Yeast: House strain, warm fermented
Look: amber- brown
Flavor: Bitter kick to begin, then balances with malt sweetness, subtle biscuits, nuts and
Aroma: Bold hop character, pine and hints of rosewater
An old school American-style IPA with a bitter front and a dry finish. Definitely one for those who like their IPA's bitter.
Style: Mythological IPA (Bitter, American IPA).
Hops: Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ), Centennial, Amarillo, Simcoe
Yeast: House strain, warm fermented
Look: Light amber with subtle, hop-polyphenol haze
Flavor: Sparkling and luscious on the front palate with a hint of nuttiness. Hints of pine needle and
preserved peaches. Mouth coating bitterness with firm malt texture at the back and a warm tingling
Aroma: candied stone fruit juniper and a hint of kaffir lime. Peach melba