ALASKAN ROUGH DRAFT EXPORT SERIES:
A SHOWCASE OF ALASKAN'S BEST SMALL BATCH BREWS
Alaskan Brewing has a unique research and development process for new recipes where anyone in the company can work with a brewer develop and brew a recipe on the 1-barrel pilot brew system with free reign to wander far away from traditional styles, ingredients and processes. For years, the favorites of these experimental recipes have been shared only in very limited draft releases - or "Rough Drafts" - with those lucky enough to live and imbibe in our home state of Alaska.
But now, Alaskan Brewing is "exporting" a selection of the best of these brews to taps outside of Alaska through the draft-only Rough Draft Export Series!
New for 2014:
Alaskan Taku River Red Ale
Glacier-fed water, 4 different Caramel Malts, and Apollo, El Dorado, Summit, Meridian, Centennial and Citra hops.
Our salute to a vital river drainage near Juneau that attracts a wide variety of adventurers and wildlife to its abundant surroundings, this flavorful brew holds discovery around every corner. With a wide variety of hops added throughout the brewing process, Taku River Red Ale has as many twists and turns in its flavor profile a wild Alaskan river.
The Taku River stretches hundreds of miles from its source in British Columbia to Taku Inlet just south of Juneau, Alaska. The Taku River System is the largest producer of salmon in Southeast Alaska, and all five species of Pacific salmon—Chinook (King), Sockeye (Red), Coho (Silver), Chum (Dog), and Pink (Humpies) — spawn in this 7,000 square-mile watershed each year.
Alaskan Taku River Red Ale is a sessionable salute to the Alaskan Imperial Red Ale, first released in December of 2012 in the Pilot Series. Similar citrus notes of chamomile, grapefruit and Meyer lemon brighten the minty and herbal aroma. A zesty array of hop flavors particularly Meridian meld with the nutty, roasted caramel from the brew's six malt build.
Original Gravity: 13.4 (1.055)
Alcohol by Volume: 5.7%
Bitterness: 55 IBUs
Color: 30 SRM (Mahogany Red/Light Brown)
Style: Red Ale
Sentinel Rye Pale Ale:
American Pale Ales are known for showcasing American hop varietals and this brew focuses palates toward several classic, new, and even experimental hop types in convert with loamy and peppery flavors of malted rye, Summit and Magnum hops lend a sturdy hop backbone to this deep bronze-colored beer, while the new Calypso hops add bright fruit characters. Mosaic hops feature a floral essence and new, still unnamed experimental hop variety brings it all together with notes of blueberry and cocconut.
A full crystal malt bill provides a backdrop of toasted bread-crust, toffee, and caramel notes to the complex hop aroma and flavor profile characterized by delicate hints of pear, apple, lavender, and tropical fruit. Malted rye adds a subtle spiciness to both the aroma and finish of this pale ale recipe.
Sentinel Rye Pale Ale Brewer's Notes:
Sentinel Island's lighthouse rises stark and tall above Lynn Canal, guiding Southeast Alaska's fishing fleet and other seafaring wanderers safely through often rough seas. Much like this weatherworn icon of Lynn Canal, Alaskan Sentinel Rye Pale Ale is resilient beer worth searching for. The full circle of flavors in Sentinl Reye pair well with hearty, savory dishes with a hint of spice like black bean burgers, Cajun blackened fish, and pepper jack cheese.
Original Gravity: 1.055
Alcohol (by volume): 5.7%
Bitterness: 45 IBUs
Color: 16 SRM
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