The King’s Blockhouse IPA
Rated as the best beer in South Africa by the taste masters in 2013 at ratebeer.com, the King’s Blockhouse IPA is a bold, hoppy, bitter beer and an award winning representation of what an American style India Pale Ale should be.
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 and intended to defend the city from attack from the South.
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.
Colour is medium gold. It is almost clear, which is achieved through fining. Good head with white to off-white colour should persist.
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.
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.
A decidedly hoppy and bitter, moderately strong American India Pale Ale.
Style: American IPA