Fresh Hop Pale (4.6%) [IBU 18] Fermentables: 2-row, Caramel Hops: Centennial, Nugget This subtle, unassuming pale ale is brewed exclusively with freshly harvested “wet hops” grown by Pittsburgh Hop Co. on a field in Washington, PA. Wet hops are simply whole flower hops that haven’t been dried or processed, as opposed to the pelletized hops that we use in all of our other beers. We certainly would have liked to use two or three times the amount of hops, but the field is a work in progress. The growers expect …
CHILI PALE ABV 5.0% Fermentables: 2-row, Wheat, Munich, Honey Malt Hops/Spices: Columbus, Habanero, Serrano, Orange Zest When we released our first batch, some folks said that Secret Alphabet wasn’t hot enough. So we upped the ante on the chili peppers, and now there’s definitely some heat. It’s not over-the-top ghost pepper torture type heat, but there’s no mistaking the capsaicin. There is also a noticeable “green” character from the serrano peppers. And as the beer warms, you get more of the subtle malt sweetness with a …
Bottom Line – Pale Lager (4.8%) Hyper local, with fresh hops from Pittsburgh Hop Company and 2-row pilsner from CNC Malting in Butler.
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Soft & Hazy Pale ABV 5.4% Fermentables: 2-Row, Oat Malt, Wheat, CaraPils Hops: Citra, Amarillo, Ekuanot Our never-say-never “New England Style” Pale. These beers are known for their soft, full mouthfeel and permanent haze, resulting from large amounts of protein-rich grains such as oats, wheat, and rye. They are also known for their low bitterness despite tremendous amounts of hops, which can produce juicy, tropical, citrusy flavors and aromas.
Pale Ale (5.1%) [IBU 48] Our Brewtal collab, brewed with hibiscus & grapefruit zest.
Pale Lager ABV 5.6% IBU 44 Fermentables: 2-row, CaraPils, Caramel malt Hops: Apollo Another Coheed and Cambria inspired beer, named for their third album. Simply put, we borrowed some German lager yeast from Penn Brewery to ferment a pale wort and added a bunch of Apollo hops. The end result is lightly sweet and doughy with a moderate bitterness and a grassy, herbal finish.
Peach Pale ABV 5.8% IBU 18 Fermentables: Maris Otter, CaraMunich, Flaked Oats Hops/Flavors: Goldings, Crystal, Peach Purée, Black Pepper This one starts as a pale ale fermented with English yeast, providing a backdrop of subtle fruity esters that blend seamlessly with the peach purée. The fruit was added after fermentation to preserve the delicate, somewhat elusive peach flavor. We also added a small amount of black pepper to the fermenter to enhance the savory quality of the peach and to aid in a dry finish. Above all, it drinks like …
PALE ALE ABV 6.9% IBU 17 Fermentables: 2-Row Pale, Munich, Crystal, Flaked Oats Hops: Bravo, Cascade, Goldings, Crystal, Meridian A relatively strong (“double”) pale ale brewed with flaked oats, which account for the softer, fuller mouthfeel and the hazy appearance. El Dopa has a restrained bitterness with an intense herbal, floral, almost tea-like flavor and aroma. Incidentally, the name is an acronym for Double Oatmeal Pale Ale. And it is also a play on the naturally occurring biochemical L-DOPA, which makes you and me happy.
Pale Ale ABV 5.5% IBU 33