Big Rock’s amazing Ambrosia

- October 22nd, 2012

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Big Rock has really made strides in the last couple of years with branching out and making a statement in the Calgary craft beer market.

They may be well-known for Trad and Grasshopper, but the folks over at Big Rock have launched a handful of great products with hits like Scottish Heavy Ale, Dunkelweizen and Rye & Ginger Ale.

But brewmaster Paul Gautreau has topped his own Brewmaster’s Series with the first Alchemist edition.

Ambrosia Wet Hop Ale takes the notion of a hoppy beer, but flips it around.

Instead of having a super hoppy finish, like an IPA, the Ambrosia, which uses fresh Yakima Valley hops, gives that floral, fragrant hop flavour as the dominant characteristic, giving an extremely fresh taste which may be unfamiliar to many beer drinkers. The taste was a first for me, anyway.

“Wet hopping is a rare technique used to produce beer using fresh un-kilned hops,” said Gautreau. “Ambrosia is a mouthful of an almost grassy hop flavour without the expected hop bitterness.
“It was a tough one to pull off but I’m very excited with the results.”

What makes the beer an interesting treat is that they can only be made once a year, after the hops are harvested. The cones need to be added to the brewing process fresh, within hours of picking, rather than dried.

For those who haven’t tried this style of beer, get it, while you still can.

Big Rock made a very limited batch, and it was only shipped to a handful of bars in Calgary, including Craft, National Beer Hall, Buzzard’s, 1410, The Ship & Anchor, Beer Revolution and Libertine.

For more info, check outthe Big Rock website.

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