This is the latest creation from our local brewery, Forked River. I have met these guys a few times and each time, we get into discussing what’s coming up. Last time I saw them, they said they had something “special” they were working on, and turns out, it’s their first IPA. And damn, what an IPA it is.
It’s name, Lord Simcoe’s Revenge, is kind of a play on words, since it’s made with simcoe hops. First there was Ridunkelous and now this. I think these guys are having a lot of fun with their venture.
I popped into the brewery the day it was released to make sure that I got some before they ran out. I missed out on their Citra Wheat and I’m sad about that. It was at that point that I found out that Dave was going to be sampling beer at the event that I was going to that night (which was awesome, by the way). So Friday was an all Forked River day for me. At the event, we managed to swindle a pitcher of Capitol Blonde before he left. Thanks Dave!
On Sunday, we had a gathering at my bothers place and I thought I’d be nice and bring this brand new beer. (So new, I, yes I, added it to Untappd). I cracked them open and poured out three cups for me, Teri and Kevin. At this point, I informed Kevin that it was hoppy. He, in turn, informed me that he doesn’t like hoppy beers. I said “65 IBUs, that’s not that bad. You just brought me an 87 from Portland.”.
One sip. That’s all it took. He was out like Kramer during “The Bet“. So I shared my bottles with Teri. Once poured, it’s a dark, dark copper-ish colour. It kinda had a black tinge to it, but that’s what hoppy beers look like sometimes. I’m ok with that. It smelled of pure hops in the glass. Once you taste it, you get great flavour up front and an extremely bitter beer booty.
Teri said that it had a great taste, but was heavy on the hops. I like the amount of hops. It’s definitely not a beer to get drunk on, but this would be awesome in the summer during a hot day by the pool. I hope they decide to make more of this soon.
I can’t wait for the next “Extra Special Beer”…..