King’s Blockhouse IPA
The King’s Blockhouse IPA is not only rated as the best beer in South Africa by the taste masters at ratebeer.com, but also by pretty much everyone who samples it’s bold hoppiness. Our flagship IPA has won best beer on show at the 2011, 2012 and 2014 Cape Town Festival of Beer, the 2014 Johannesburg Festival of Beer – and was the winner of the 2014 SAB Craft Brewer Championship.
The King’s Blockhouse IPA is the closest thing you’ll get to a West Coast style IPA in South Africa. It’s a decidedly bitter and fruit driven beer with huge flavour and aromatics. It’s not for the faint hearted, but it is a truly delicious beer.
We named it after the King’s Blockhouse – a historic military blockhouse on Devil’s Peak, built during the British occupation of Cape Town in 1796.
These day’s it’s a popular trail running and mountain biking destination, and Devil’s Peak Brewing Company sponsors the King’s Blockhouse Time Trial.
This trail run/ride from Deer Park to the King’s Blockhouse is scheduled every Tuesday from early March to late November come rain or shine.
Aroma: A prominent to hop aroma with a citrusy, floral, resinous, piney, and passion fruit character derived from the American hops. It has been dry hopped to add aroma. Some clean malty sweetness may be found in the background, but is a lot lower level than in English examples.
Appearance: Color is medium gold. It is almost clear, which is achieved through fining. Good head with white to off-white color should persist.
Flavour: Hop flavour is medium-high and will reflect typical American hop characters with citrusy, floral, resinous, piney and passion fruit aspects. Medium-high hop bitterness is present, although the malt backbone will support the strong hop character and provide for good balance. Medium-dry to dry finish.
Mouthfeel: Smooth medium-bodied mouthfeel without hop-derived astringency, although moderate carbonation can combine to render an overall dry sensation in the presence of malt sweetness.
Overall Impression: A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American India Pale Ale.
Style: American IPA