RED ALE   ABV 8.5%  IBU 75

Fermentables: 2-Row, Vienna, Red X, CaraMunich

Hops: Chinook, Centennial

That first sip of Hydra Slayer is like pithy grapefruit bitterness crashing full speed into a slab of sticky caramel malt. The recipe is built with complementary amounts of hops and malt, but the citrus and pine win in the end, with a lingering bitterness.

The beautiful deep red color is developed through a combination of German Vienna and Red X malts, with a touch of caramel malt for enhanced color and sweetness. The Chinook and Centennial hops, both known for citrusy flavor and aroma, are added at a rate of nearly 3 lbs. per barrel.

Hercules is the Original Gangster, when it comes to slaying Hydras. But the name of this beer was inspired by lyrics from the song “Valley of the Dolls” by Fates Warning.