Saturday, November 3rd 2012
PRO-AM Ale 2012 Double IPA
(Southern Star Brewing Company)
Since 2009 Southern Star Brewing Company has hosted an annual homebrew contest. Local homebrewers submit their beers with the winning entry getting brewed at the brewery using their professional equipment. This year's winner, a Double IPA, submitted by Steve Capo and Charles Vallhonrat - a.k.a. The Sly Bastards, was the first to be put into cans and the brewery used their multi-functional seasonal can with a PRO-AM sticker around the top.
From the Southern Star site:
"A Double IPA and is full of juicy citrus hop aromas and flavors."
Here we go...
Pour - amber with some reddish highlights and a big, sticky, white head that looks like it might just cling to the inside of the glass for a few days.
Aroma - opening the can is like walking into the cooler at a brewery where all the hops are stored. It's a blast of citrus, pine, pineapple, and fresh-tastic hoppiness. This smells big even if it looks innocent enough in the glass.
Taste - wow, this is definitely a double IPA - no joking around here. Big hop flavors are backed up nicely by a big malt backbone. Loads of tropical fruit sweetness and resiny hop flavors abound. Very balanced despite the ABV and IBUs being on the upper end of sane. This is probably something for a snifter and a beer you want to sip and enjoy each flavorful mouthful - but its also a beer you want to get nice and cold and pour into a pint glass and just enjoy all that fresh hoppy goodness.
Overall - awesome beer. Loads of all the good stuff any hophead is looking for and without being too astringent or over the top - even at ~10% and god knows how many IBUs. It's awesome to see these sorts of contests as they really connect the brewery with the community. I'm sure Steve and Charles had an awesome time at the brewery brewing up this beer on a much bigger scale! Congrats!!!
Note - Southern Star has now released three different beers using their "Seasonal" can design. We're excited to see what comes next.
Posted by Russ
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