Silverdale, WA - For those of us in the Puget Sound, we have had a rough few weeks. What was supposed to feel like Summer has instead felt like the final death-throws of Spring. However, it’s the barrage of precipitation and the constant shimmer of evergreens, that reminds us what living in the Puget Sound and the Northwest means. Part of this wonderful consequence, is basking in the aroma of Yakima hops, knowing that soon an India Pale Ale or other nourishing beverage, will be produced from these green buds.
Located in the Northern Peninsula of Kitsap County, Silver City Restaurant and Brewery, have demonstrated that a brewery doesn't have to sit in the middle of a metropolitan city to be competitive and enjoyable. With beers like Fat Scotch, Ridgetop, and Indianola; Silver City's brewers (under the watchful eye of Don Spencer), have created award winning beers.
A few weeks ago we came upon a few bottles of their Whoop Ass Double India Pale Ale and given our love of hops it's a wonder the beer lasted this long in the fridge. To those outside the region, Whoop Ass is Don Spencer's expression of a Double or Imperial India Pale Ale.
The style believe it or not is a very American one, filled with high gravity and high alphas. Some believe the beer style first appeared (back in 1994) in the kettles of Blind Pig Brewing under brewer Vinnie Cilurzo (now owner and head brewery of Russian River Brewing). Other’s believe it was John Maier respected brewer of Rogue Ales (and an occasional lager) who inspired the style with the I2PA (aka I Squared) in 1990. Whoever was the first, the style has been around for almost two decades and it hasn’t stopped people from trying to make it better, and more enjoyable.
By definition an Imperial IPA (sometimes called Double IPA) must be at least 60 IBUs but not more than 120 IBUs. Overall the alcohol can be between 7.50% and 10.00% Alcohol By Volume. As you can tell there are many great IPAs and Imperial IPAs out there that would be an excellent match.
Silver City Whoop Ass, when poured into a clear glass appears reddish orange with some haziness produced from their unfiltered process. As the beer rests one notices the strong off-white foamy head that recedes leaving behind a tattered curtain of lace behind (demonstrating strong amounts of protein).
Placing the glass under the nose you get an impression of earthiness (grass-like), some citrus (with an almost pineapple zest), minor spices, and a malt sweetness.
Taking our first sip we are greeted by fruit and earth (again grass-like), as well as some caramel sweetness, some oak, and an almost white grape character. Overall as this beer rests you detect a medium weight with no stickiness, with a minor alcohol burn. If you have a plate of poultry, or salmon this might go well with some blue cheese (sharp cheddar would work too).
A good effort of Silver City’s, demonstrating a Northwest Double India Pale Ale. However, at 9.00% one should not chug this beer.
Without a doubt the hoppiest mother of a brew we have ever created. More than 50 lbs. of Washington State Cascade and Columbus hops are infused, injected, or otherwise inflicted upon a single batch. Welcome to hop country! 9% ABV
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About the photos’ author
Paul “Fruit Trees” Orchard, is an amateur craft beer enthusiast and amateur photographer. Throughout the many years in craft beer he is always carrying a camera (smartphone, digital, traditional) and is invites you to see that beer can also be exciting even if you can’t drink the photo.
In accordance with new FTC regulations regarding bloggers and endorsements, the aforementioned company has provided me a free sample that was used for research prior to writing this review.