Wicked Riff India Pale Ale
6.9% A.B.V., 85 IBU, dry, crisp, very bitter, strong
Well, a riff is a short repeated melodic note sequence. Guitar riffs predominate in the rock music style. So a wicked riff is a really good riff, eh?
This is a Northwest take on a resurrected beer style that dates back to the British colonial empire of the 1800's.
As the story goes, the style was created so that the beer would survive the long journey
to India on one of the British East India ships. A beer with more hops and higher alcohol content will go longer before spoiling
due to its higher resistance to bacteria and mold growth. Hops have an antibiotic effect that acts against
bacterial strains while leaving brewer's yeast relatively unaffected. As a result, IPA has lots of hops.
TBB's IPA is malted towards the dry side, making it quite quaffable (yes, that's a technical term) rather than malty and hard to get through.
It is quite pale in color and has a slightly toasted malt character.
Five different hops are used during the brewing and dry-hopping for this IPA, giving it a moderately complex aroma with strong citrus and floral notes.
4.5% A.B.V., 40 IBU, light, clean, refreshing, not bitter, but not sweet
The pentatonic scale is the 5-note blues scale. Pentatonic scales originated in Africa and are part of their native oral history, which means they may date back tens of thousands of years.
The Delta blues style is a perfect example of the scale in use. Rock and roll owes its existence in to blues and the pentatonic scale in particular.
Pale ale is the quintessential British ale. In the day, if you ordered an 'ale' in a British pub you got pale ale.
It was preferred by the upper classes over porters, which were a distinctly working-class style.
Pale ale, as well as lighter beers in general, are notoriously difficult to get 'just right' because the lighter body will show off any issues with flavors or balance.
Like the musical scale, Pentatonic Pale is brewed with just five grains; wheat, oats, rye, pale malt barley, and crystal malt barley.
This gives the beer a pleasant initial rye twang, followed by a very smooth character, topped by lots of dry hops, which add lots of hop aroma without adding bitterness.
5.7% A.B.V., 45 IBU, slightly sweet, caramel, not too bitter, medium body
The turnaround is the last few notes of the blues progression, the cadence at the end of the phrase which sets up the next verse.
Red ales have a long tradition in the Northwest, and have diverged significantly from their Irish red roots.
The Northwest-style red has a complex hop aroma balanced by the use of lots of caramel malts,
which provide a sweeter taste and give the beer its distinctive red color.
TBB's Northwest Red Ale is copper going on ruby red, with a slightly sweeter feel than the rest of our beers.
The malt gives the beer a pleasant medium caramel flavor. Six different hops are used in this beer,
including Chinook which adds a Northwest outdoors pine aroma, a strong homage to the style.
Supertonic India Black Ale
6.9% A.B.V., 80 IBU, dry, roasted coffee, mocha, very bitter, strong
The supertonic is the scale note that is one step up from the tonic.
So, if the scale is in C, then the tonic is C and the supertonic is D.
Although it seems like a logical extension of the whole East India IPA thing, India Black Ale (or American Black Ale) was actually conceived of right here in the USA.
Historically, the British dark beers have always been low to moderate in alcohol and very lightly hopped, so a British India Black Ale didn't actually exist.
But we like hops and need little encouragement to add lots to dark beers as well as pales.
TBB's India Black Ale is malted to be black and strong, with a relatively dry feel. Strong hints of coffee predominate, although there is no coffee in this beer.
As with the IPA, five hops are used in this beer, although in different proportion to balance the slightly more acidic dark malt character.
More Beers Coming Soon!
Eventually we'll have around four beers total on tap at the brewery. Check back!