Thursday, September 19, 2013

Workin' the Firkin!

It's Firkin Thursday at  Two Roads Brewery. What's spewing from the bunghole this time around? White IPA with Sour Cherry and dry hopped with Mosaic hops. Oh my sweet lord!!

Honeyspot Road (6% ABV) is one of my favorite Two Roads beers.  It is a golden colored ale with a thick white head that hugs the glass and leaves a marked amount lacing.  Honeyspot Road is a deliciously refreshing IPA that has a touch of citrus flavor and just the right amount of hoppy bitterness.

In the cask with all those sour cherries and juicy hops . . . imagine the potential!

I arrived at the brewery shortly after the tapping to find the beertender working the cask for all it was worth - tilting it, shaking it.  My first thought was that the firkin was already empty.  How could that possibly be?? I was so looking forward to this one that I almost had a conniption!

All that freaking out was for naught. It was simply a matter of the luscious cherries clogging up the bunghole. I hate it when that happens. Don't you?

The infused beer was the color of ruby red grapefruit juice clouded with wonderful bits of hop and cherry sediment.

The aroma was a mouth watering burst of fresh Mosaic hops. Simply wonderful!

The taste was remarkable. Juicy hops dominated with the cherries shyly lurking in the background but they were not completely overpowered.  The finish was awfully good bitterness and a lingering whisper from the cherries.

The last sip from the glass was the pièce de résistance. Much of that floaty goodness settled into a tasty layer that was like the cherry on top of an ice cream sundae. Delish!

Other people I spoke with expected more of the acidic, tart qualities associated with a sour. But, since it was a only casked and not brewed, the beer was pretty much exactly what I was expecting.  Others may have experienced mild disappointment. I was, however, quite delighted with the result.

Bold, flavorful, and delicious. This White IPA Dry Hopped With Mosaic And Sour Cherries firkin is my favorite Two Roads casked brew second only to Jalapeno Pils.

Awesomeness in a glass. I'd say "get some" but it's all gone!

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