Florida Beer Company - Devil's Triangle IPA
- ABV: 6.8%
- Int’l Bittering Units (IBUs): 66
- Serving Temperature: 45-50º F
- Suggested Glassware: Pint Glass or Mug
- Malts: 2-Row, "Specialty"
- Hops: Warrior, Columbus, Centennial, Cascade
This IPA is a relatively new release from FBC, hitting the market just last year after getting much favorable attention at the Epcot Food and Wine Festival. Named after what is probably more commonly known as the Bermuda Triangle, this brew certainly does not get us lost; we know exactly where we are – in American IPA land. Pouring an attractive coppery-golden color with plenty of foam that drops some lacing as it recedes, Devil's Triangle presents those trademark notes we expect from the famous "Three Cs": Cascade, Columbus, and Centennial hops. These American hops are known for their citric and floral qualities, and when used in combination they always make for a powerful impact. Extremely floral on the nose, Devil's Triangle also boasts big aromas of tangerine and grapefruit, underpinned by a core of pale malts. On the palate, look for those hops to continue to deliver their acidic citrus character, bolstered by spicy, herbal notes. FBC was a bit secretive in describing the malt bill to us, simply naming "specialty" malts in addition to the base 2-row. Regardless, the malts provide a solid center onto which the hops can cling. Bitterness is firm at 66 IBUs, but not stratospheric. For a pairing, the brewery recommends blood orange scallops with red quinoa and serrano peppers pickled in the beer. We like the sound of that, or any other spicy dish you might have in mind. Cheers!
The Florida Beer Company has been among the leaders of Florida’s craft brewing renaissance. Founded by Humberto Perez, who is a third generation brewer (his grandfather began one of Venezuela’s largest breweries back in 1929), the company has grown to feature several different beer brands, with each offering a sense of Floridian pride in their beer names and label art. Perez’s goal has been to help bring overdue recognition to Florida’s growing better beer culture – a goal that’s quickly becoming a reality with each passing year.
FBC’s brewery is located in Melbourne, FL, mid-way down the state’s Atlantic coast. Originally founded as Indian River Brewing Company by Bruce Holt and Jack Owen (as owner and brewmaster, respectively), the brewery eventually was bought by Perez who was able to keep the brewery in operation and providing great beer to the local community. With every beer handcrafted with very little automated processes, the brewery remains committed to traditional microbrewing techniques for the creation of each batch of their tasty brews.
For more information about the brewery and their tasting room, call (321) 728-4114, or visit them at www.floridabeer.com.
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