Bouq 6.5% West Coast American IPA is Fork Brewing’s entry into the 9th Annual West IPA Challenge! Its name is short for “bouquet”, and draws inspiration from the heart of what makes a great American IPA – the hop flowers themselves (consider it a cousin of last year’s WCIPAC entry, The Flower Arranger).
“Three varieties have been carefully blended to get the characters I want expressed in this beer. Mosaic with its wafts of passionfruit and raspberry, Citra for its orange and mango delights and Centennial for its grapefruit, floral and pine/wood elements,” says Kelly.
“Golden Promise was chosen for the its depth of malt richness. A British malt can sometimes offer layers that other malts can and I love the residual sweetness it brings, even when the fermentation results in a beer with lower sugar levels.
“Flaked Barley was added to help with a little head retention… I love an IPA that has a nice wisp of foam on top to really hold in those hop aromatics. This means every time you take a sip, these explode in your nose.”
“This is a little more bitter than something like The Flower Arranger, last year’s entry. I actually prefer my IPAs to have lower perceived bitterness, but I’ve decided this year to try my best to emulate a classic West Coast USIPA: bigger bitterness, good malt roundness and a nice, warming finish. Hopefully people like it!”
Bouq West Coast American IPA Tasting Notes
Flavour: Sweet malt, passionfruit, orange and mango dominate the front palate, followed by the essence of a sun-warmed cedar plank in the aftertaste. Yes, I just wrote that as a tasting note.
Aroma: Like blowing up a small, empty box or Tropical Just Juice and popping it in a forest of pine trees. While juggling lemons and limes. And a zester.
Look: Light orange-gold with an off-white head.
Hops: Mosaic, Citra, Centennial
Malt: Golden Promise, Flaked Barley, Roasted Wheat
Yeast: Fork House Strain, warm fermented