The Hippity Hoppity Series
Have you ever met a beer that you tried to drink
But sip after sip it made you think
I wonder who else has been drinking this beer
That you get so jealous you refuse to share
So take this message with you to the end
Don't ever drink a beer that says it just has a friend
When we tapped this beer it had an amazing aroma of grapefruit, pine and a touch of spice. Assertively bitter yet drinkable from start to finish with a moderate body and medium dry. Very well received by our customers as well as the beer judges at the 2011 Great International Beer Festival were it took Gold in the Double I.P.A. category.
Rauchbeirs have always been a favorite of mine since I had my first Aecht Schlenkerla Rauchbier several years ago. What's not to love about a beer that's as smokey and filling as good wood smoked barbeque? Smoked beers are always very polarizing so you have to be all in when making one in my opinion and recognize it will be a beer that not everyone will like and that's fine, in fact embrace it fully. Rauchroggen Bock was no different as it was not an entry level smoked beer. We went heavy with nearly 50% Weyermann Beechwood Smoked Malt, about a third Weyermann Dark Munich and the remainder with Weyermann Rye. Smokey, toasty with a touch of spicy grain is what we shot for and I think that's what we accomplished. Overall the beer was very smokey with some elements of sweet and spicy malt. Perhaps a bit smokier than most people would have liked and perhaps that will be something to take into consideration the next time its brewed.