Whiplash's take on a modern Belgian Pale Ale is Always Half Strange, using a traditional Belgian base pale ale and throwing in a complimenting mix of American hop varieties. Using a base of Pilsner malt, Cara Malt, Wheat and some Irish Flaked Oats this one gets a heavily hopped whirlpool treatment, of El Dorado in this case, before being fermented on their house Belgian yeast. They then dry hop in two stages with Hallertau Blanc, BRU-1 and Azacca up to 16g/L as is their modus operandi.
The result is that meeting of old world and new with Hallertau Blanc giving a wine like but continental hoppy base for BRU-1 to push its bubblegum on top and Azacca to flesh out the whole affair with ripe pineapple and a touch of dank. Lightly hazy from heavy hopping, this beer finished refreshingly dry while remaining bright, light and pretty refreshing with a pretty heavy nose of all things esters and hops.
The bright gold Augustiner Edelstoff has understated notes of cut grass, herbs, and sweet malts that are balanced by a moderate bitterness. Its light body and delicate carbonation lead to a smooth mouthfeel that still finds a way of being crisp and lingering with a fantastically clean finish.
The recipe of this hazy India Pale Ale is as playful as the Belgian shepherd dog. We combine late and dry hopping with a unique yeast that complements fruity hoppy flavors. In true Belgian tradition, we do not filter the beer and do a secondary fermentation in the bottle to maximize all the goodness. The combination of these techniques create a natural haze and silky smooth taste.Belgenius