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As long as the wind blows, you know you’ll find IPA lovers here in Alameda. This one is jammed packed with late hop flavors and aromas, using familiar hops classics like Cascade and Centennial, with a teenager Hops we love to call Citra Hop. Of course, all this is blowing in the wind without a blend of four caramel malts for a chewy backbone of malt flavor to stiffen our sails.
Matt was stationed in Alameda Island with the Coast Guard from 1998-2000 and fell in love with the town and with his wife, an Alamedan. He had been homebrewing for 8 years before deciding to turn his passion into a career. While AIBC was being built he cut his teeth at Inland Empire Brewing Company in SoCal to learn to make beer at scale. And damn did he succeed, the beer is great.
The most popular American craft beer style. They range in ease of drinking (session) from easy to quite huge knock-you-out-of-your-chair flavor and alcohol. Hop flavor is medium to very high and should reflect an American or New World hop character, such as citrus, floral, pine, resinous, spicy, tropical fruit, stone fruit, berry, melon, etc. Medium-high to very high hop bitterness. Malt flavor should be low to medium-low and is generally clean and grainy-malty although some light caramel or toasty flavors are acceptable. Low yeast-derived fruitiness is acceptable but not required. Dry to medium-dry finish; residual sweetness should be low to none. The bitterness and hop flavor may linger into the aftertaste but should not be harsh. A very light, clean alcohol flavor may be noted in stronger versions. Maybe slightly sulfury, but most examples do not exhibit this character.