This episode is the second of two parts where we try Northern Light Helles, Red Zeppelin Irish Red, and Zombie Dragon East Coast IPA.
We continue our conversation with Davis Tucker, founder of NXNW. We talk about accessable craft beer, funk, off flavors, visiting Lord Hobo, the over-hyped beers of Trillium, and Cutter's deathbed beer. We also talk about NXNW's future plans for a collaboration with Adelbert's.
It was fun.
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Northern Light Helles (Hellus), 5.0% ABV
NXNW’s menu described Northern Light as a crisp, clean, cool, and light lager with a touch of Hallertau hops. Which is a noble hop full of earthy, herbal aromas.
Helles is a traditional pale German beer from southern Germany, mainly Munich. It is a cousin to the pilsner but instead of focusing on hops helles tend to focus more on the malt.
A well made helles should be subtle but not boring with the aroma of fresh baked biscuits and a subdued but detectable flowery/spicy finish.
Red Zeppelin Irish Red Ale, 4.7% ABV
Balanced, malt-driven, medium bodied Irish ale that is lightly hopped to allow the toasted malt character to take center stage.
Strangely there is a limited history for Irish reds. There are a few possible reasons but some say the history was just lost. The Irish were the most technologically advanced culture in the world but then they invented whiskey. And we all know how that goes.
The typical Irish Red is characterized as balanced and easy drinking with a moderate malt character. The deep reddish color comes from the malts used. Generally it’s a light malt like crystal malt mixed with a highly kilned grain. It is usually slightly sweet with some toasted notes thanks to the highly kilned grain. While the hop flavor and aroma is almost non-existent the use of dark malt can make the beer seem a bit more bitter. There are some Irish Reds with a touch of hop character but it is not common in the style.
I say usually…
Zombie Dragon East Coast IPA, 7.4%
Heavily hopped with mosaic and el dorado in a whirlpool and dry hopped in two stages. A big, juicy brew without being overly bitter.
The New England IPA, here called an east coast IPA, sometimes referred to as a Vermont IPA, by people in Vermont, is characterized by a cloudy look, full mouthfeel, and a fruity taste without hop bitterness. In contrast to the American IPAs clear look, crisp finish, and spicy/bitter hops. The New England IPA is often called hazy or juicy. Like all IPAs it uses tons of hops be the focus here is fruity/floral aromas and not the hop bitterness.
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