Triple ExultationNovember 1, 2012
Eel River Brewing Co.
Traditionally, old ales are an English style of dark, rich and sweet ale, typically with flavors of soft currant fruit and blackstrap molasses. While old ales typically have IBUs (bitterness) of 30-65, Eel River Brewing put their own spin on the style by adding extra hops to ramp up the IBUs to 80!
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1101
AVAILABLE: AZ, CA, CO, FL, LA, MT, NC, NV, NY, OR, WA
Hallelujah, this is a beer you will want to sing about. Lovely deep amber color with a head of fine bubbles. The nose is a concentration of treacle, earthiness and spice. On the palate it is delicious and inviting, with the roundness of biscuity malt balance and the dryness of complex hops: a “sweet” appealing aftertaste. Easy to drink, you hardly notice its strength—9.7 percent. Serve after the meal instead of cognac, with nuts, dried fruits and blue cheese.
- Charles Finkel
Triple Exultation is a brilliant, lusty chestnut color, the sticky head showing excellent lace and staying power. The nose is active and dynamic, with caramel, toffee, red licorice and cherry with deep malty sweetness and a whiff of red wine. Earthy and robust hop aromas are also prominent. The body is full and not too dense, thinned by alcohol. Hop flavor is pronounced, battling with the chocolate cherry notes, toffee and brown sugary malt. TE finishes warm with long-lasting hop bitterness, straddling the line between the historically inseparable old ale and barley wine styles.
- K. Florian Klemp
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
K. Florian Klemp
K. Florian Klemp is an award-winning homebrewer and general hobbyist who thinks there is no more sublime marriage than that of art and science.
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