Half Moon Bay
Availability: Past Release
A small batch, limited release old ale, aged 6 months in Redemption rye whiskey barrels. The deep ruby red color lets you know you’re in for a smooth ride, while the American hops add a well distinguished dryness to the finish. The sweetness of the beer has been transformed by the oak and whiskey in the barrel, resulting in a treacherously easy drinking old ale that can keep you warm on even the coldest nights. Sold in 22oz bottles.
This is a big, malty, sweet beer that has deep roots set in England. Most commonly associated with the Burton area, these beers are a light amber to very dark reddish-brown color . Old Ales have a wide range of acceptable ABV, from a low side of 5.5% to a strong 9%. Old ales that have spent time in whiskey barrels will see a higher ABV, usually 11-14%. Old ales act as the in-between style for British Strong Ales and Barleywine, with a bit more of an "aged" character. General notes for the style are fruity flavors, with a deep malt component. Think cassis, fig, raisin, plum and other dried fruit with caramel, toffee, and a nutty character. In some vintage examples of the style, a small amount of oxidative character is acceptable, providing an almost sherry-like component. Historically, these beers would occasionally be blended with younger, fruitier beers to achieve some balance between a fresh brew and the "Old Ale," or "Stock Ale." Sometimes brewers will innoculate Old Ales with Brettanomyces to help develop some acid as well. We're all about fresh beer, but this might be the one case where a beer should have a bit of age on it.