We aged our Hopstruck Red IPA in a bourbon barrel that was also used to age and flavor maple syrup! The result is a beer that is still reminiscent of Hopstruck (for those super fans of the beer), but who’s hop edge is mellowed out with a maple sweet nose and flavors of caramel maple apple, with a lemony tea finish. The flavors imparted by the barrel definitely shine through in this beautiful crystal-clear, garnet red beer, most notably a mild bourbon backbone complemented by a pleasant oakiness.
Note – we’ve made this beer a few times now, and every time it comes out slightly different. The version bottled in April 2021 is the most recent batch, and is described above.