This new trio of “Double Grasp” beers mark a collaboration between Alabama-based Purple Clay Brewing and California’s Miura Vineyards. The partnership isn’t the standard considered one of pass-it-around barrel getting older, as you would possibly anticipate, however fairly of method, with brewer and winemaker collaborating on substances to incorporate within the creation of every beer, every of which is designed to “change the notion of how beer ought to be perceived.” Certain sufficient, every of those beers has fairly a number of unique elements.
Let’s dive in and style by the trio, every stranger than the subsequent.
Purple Clay Brewing Miura West Indies Pale Ale – Made with chocolate imported from the Dominican Republic, then aged in tequila barrels — although clearly not for lengthy. The hops are gentle, however the tequila affect is heavier than anticipated, including a layer of peppery spice that feels a bit misplaced. The chocolate affect is mild, displaying itself as extra of a brown sugar sweetness on the end, although once more this character is kind of restrained — as is everything of the expertise right here, the beer’s physique missing gravitas. The fade-out hints at hops but additionally a wholesome and surprising dose of lemony citrus. Bizarre. 6% abv. B-
Purple Clay Brewing Miura Forbidden Blade Black Pilsner – Meyer lemons and black “forbidden” rice give this darkish brown (not fairly black) pilsner its coloration and character, which is kind of a bit milder than you would possibly anticipate. The rice part is immediately evident on the tongue, which dials down the cracker crisp maltiness that makes a pilsner a pilsner. In the meantime, there’s a wholesome squeeze of citrus right here, although it’s not instantly evident as Meyer lemon, percolating on the end. The entire expertise is so gentle that it’s arduous to seek out a lot fault with it, or a lot to thrill the drinker. And both approach, the daring coloration does mess significantly with one’s expectations. 4% abv. B
Purple Clay Brewing Miura Darkish Cape Caribbean Stout – Darkish stout flavored with Café Baldacci single property espresso from Puerto Rico, aged in rum barrels. That is in all probability essentially the most simple of the gathering, coming off very like a standard espresso stout, albeit one with, like its forebears, comes throughout as pretty unsweetened and a bit skinny. The rum barrel doesn’t actually present up — all of the extra cause to anticipate some stage of sweetness — the end providing a darker, earthier, extra bitter espresso notice. Nonetheless, my favourite within the lineup. 6.5% abv. B
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