Saturday, 14 August 2010
Red is THE Colour...
The Thornbridge/Odell collaboration 'Colorado Red', Hardknott's Infra-Red, Brewdog's 5 am Saint & others, you can see Zak Avery's take on Hardknott's Infra-Red Oxymoronic IPA here.
This style really is 'a la mode' as our Gallic friends might say.
As a style subset this is a really interesting area, there is a lot a flexibility within this style for the brewer, grist make-up can vary quite dramatically, you can really get away with adding any type of malt to a 'Red ale' although in some cases small amounts, i.e. Chocolate malt used sparingly can give a deep ruby colour and some interesting malt notes, Amber malt for a touch of colour and smokiness, Munich for colour and malt sweetness the list goes on...
Although 'sessionable' red ales for the on-trade will be a whole new challenge altogether, something we tackled earlier this year a special called 'Redwood' at 4.0% abv. we brewed with plenty of Munich malt & loads of Simcoe hops & it proved to be really popular as it seemed to fill a gap in the market & really appealed to licensees.
I hope this style really is here to stay & be explored for the foreseeable future and who knows there may be some real new stars born. It is an area I will be devoting my 'full' attention to later this year but in the meantime I'll be sure to be seeking out these gorgeous redheads for further attention.