Devil’s Peak Brewing Co.
Somerset West, South Africa
Not imported into the U.S.
Hop flavor is medium-high and will reflect typical American hops with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney and passion fruit aspects. Medium-high hop bitterness is present, although the malt backbone will support the strong hop character and provide for good balance. Medium-dry to dry finish.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1058
AVAILABLE: Not in US
Devil’s Peak is a small craft brewery determined to prove to South African drinkers that there’s more to beer than pale lager. The 6 percent IPA is inspired by the American model. It has a deep gold color and has a superb fruit aroma of peaches and mangoes, underscored by toasted malt and peppery hops. Tart hop resins and bittersweet fruit combine in the mouth, underscored by sappy malt. The finish has a massive bitter hop character; the fruit fades but the rich, toasted malt note continues. Full-flavored and memorable.
- Roger Protz
There is little foam as the honey-colored beer fills the glass. Oh, but there’s plenty of aroma. Citrus, pine needles, tropical fruit and an oddly appealing cattiness are backed by baking bread. The bitterness is steely and sends a mineral tang across the palate as fruity hops play through. It finishes with a wild flourish of hop flavors; bitterness lingers nicely. I first tasted this beer two months ago; this bottle has been in the fridge since then. It seems undiminished. This is a really great IPA. It looks like South African craft beer has arrived – everyone say hello!
- Garrett Oliver
Author of Complete Guide to World Beer and 300 Beers to Try Before You Die. Respected beer authority and editor of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide. and www.protzonbeer.co.uk.a
Garrett Oliver is the brewmaster of The Brooklyn Brewery, the Editor-in-Chief of The Oxford Companion to Beer, the author of The Brewmaster’s Table, and a veteran host of more than 800 beer dinners in 15 countries.