Suggested Glassware: English Pint Glass or Stange (tall, slender cylinder)
Malts: Crystal, Munich, Cara-pils, 2-Row Pale
Hops: Warrior, East Kent Goldings, Willamette
This brew is a Silver Medal winner at the '96 World Beer Championships, Gold '97 & in the same year, declared a festival "World Champion Ale". Enough said? Well, we'll continue anyway. Given the current amount of IPA "hop bombs" out there, you might find this beer a bit tame by comparison. Wild Goose's IPA is a true-to-style English IPA, without the intense piney/grapefruit-like bombastic aromatics of many Pacific Northwest IPAs. Note the balance of bread-like grains to grassy hops in the aroma. Citrusy hops present apricot notes, with a hint of talcum. Bitterness comes on strong up front, but drifts away temporarily, leaving room for a sweet malt and apricot and orange peel-like citrus note, fresh baked bread flavor and some floral, leafy hop notes. Expect some characteristic Ringwood yeast mustiness too as it finishes with a moderately bitter citrus and flower petal note and a touch of grassiness. A good brew to pair with cheese: try Edam, Brick or Asiago.
The U.S. microbrewery renaissance didn't really pick up steam until the early-to-mid 1990s, so it's rare to find domestic microbreweries, particularly from the east coast, that were around in the 1980s (this month we happen to have two!). The breweries that did kick things off were pioneers of sorts, laying the foundation for the tremendous selection of top notch microbrews we currently enjoy. One such brewery was the Wild Goose Brewery.
Since opening in 1989, their traditional British-style beers have been recognized as some of the finest east of the Rockies. Over the years, they've gained the praise of beer lovers nationwide. Their original brewmaster trained with industry legend Alan Pugsley, the man behind the design and set up of some of the best microbreweries in the United States including Shipyard, Geary's, and Old Nutfield, just to name a few.
Many of the original recipes created in their early days are still produced exactly the same way today, but they're brewed by a new generation of microbrewing zealots; the entire Wild Goose beer line was ultimately acquired by a worthy successor: Frederick Brewing Company of Frederick, MD. Named one of America's Top 20 Breweries by Food & Wine magazine, they faithfully continue to brew the outstanding Wild Goose line in homage to the great beers that helped usher in a new era of beer drinking in the states.
For more information about the Wild Goose Brewery / Frederick Brewing Company, call (888) 258-7434 or check out their web site at www.wildgoosebrewery.com.
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