After All This Time | The Rare Barrel
Style: IPA - Sour
Description: Mixed Fermentation India Pale Ale Aged in Oak Barrels After All This Time is a mixed fermentation IPA with Citra, Simcoe, Amarillo, Idaho 7, and Mosaic hops. The blend is comprised of three main components: a 22-month old mixed fermentation IPA with Amarillo and Simcoe, a 14-month old IPA dry-hopped with Mosaic and Idaho 7 inoculated with our house acid culture, and a 12-month-old IPA dry-hopped with Mosaic and Citra inoculated with our house brett culture. The 22-month-old barrels were a mixed fermentation primary hopped exclusively in the whirlpool and then once more prior to being sent to barrels. The 14 and 12-month-old components were fermented with two different hazy IPA strains and were both excessively dry-hopped during primary fermentation. After reaching stability, these beers were sent to oak and inoculated with two different mixed cultures we maintain at the brewery. After sending these beers into barrels, we regularly checked in on them to log any noteworthy characteristics. Fortunately, the project went just as well as we were hoping. Instead of any aggressively oxidative off-flavors, we found vibrant fruit aromas, enhanced brett expression, and mild acidity. And the longer the beer aged, the more pronounced each characteristic became. With a pungent stone-fruit and pineapple-like aroma, a pronounced brett funk, light bitterness, and mild acidity, After All This Time is one of the most complex beers we’ve ever produced.