Brewery Release: WA: Seattle: Get It Now ... Elysian Karma Citra fresh-hopped IPA & Elysian 50 Shades of Green fresh-hopped Pale Ale

Stop by your nearby Elysian Brewery & Restaurant to enjoy a pint of fresh-hopped Karma Citra India Pale Ale and fresh-hopped 50 Shades of Green Pale Ale.

More on brewing with fresh hops (aka, wet hops)

For brewer’s, wet hops are the most exciting and unpredictable form of hops. They endow each harvest with a distinct flavor and layer fresh hop beers with multidimensional aromatic qualities. Green Hops® are harvested as whole cones on hop farms throughout the fertile Yakima Valley, and are delivered to Hopunion for shipment in less than 24 hours. The entire process is furious and full of logistical challenges, however, brewers and consumers agree, the taste of each resulting beer is worth every hardship.
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More on 50 Shades of Green Pale Ale

At 45 IBUS, 50 Shades of Green is composed of Pale, Munich, and C-45 malts; before being bittered with Polaris hops and finished with 50 pounds of fresh-picked Mosaic hops.

More on Karma Citra India Pale Ale

Released in 2013 as a Red Ale, this year's KC has evolved into an India Pale Ale. Brewed with malts Pale, Cara-hell, Cara-Wheat, and C-45 crystal (crisp). Once transferred to the 2nd kettle, Karma Citra is bittered with Chinook hops, before the finishing addition of fresh-picked Citra hops are added.

Both beers are listed as available at Elysian Fields and Elysian Capitiol Hill locations. Elysian Fields is located at 542 1st Avenue South and Elysian Brewery (aka, Captiol Hill) is located at 1221 East Pike Street.


Elysian Brewing operates four Seattle restaurants -Elysian Capitol Hill, Elysian Tangletown, Elysian Fields, Elysian BAR, and a full production brewery – Elysian Airport Way, in the Georgetown neighborhood. Known for variety, Elysian has brewed over 350 craft beers since it opened on Capitol Hill in 1996.

Glossary of listed brewery ingredients.

Pale Malt: Pale malt is the basis of pale ale and bitter and the precursor in production of most other British beer malts. Dried at temperatures sufficiently low to preserve all the brewing enzymes in the grain, it is light in color and, today, the cheapest barley malt available due to mass production. It can be used as a base malt, that is, as the malt constituting the majority of the grist, in many styles of beer. Typically, English pale malts are kilned at 95–105 °C. Color ASBC 2-3/EBC 5–7. Diastatic power (DP) 45 °Lintner.

Munich Malt: Munich malt is used as the base malt of the bock beer style, especially doppelbock, and appears in dunkel lager and Märzens in smaller quantities. While a darker grain than pale malt, it has sufficient diastatic power to self-convert, despite being kilned at temperatures around 115 °C. It imparts "malty," although not necessarily sweet characteristics, depending on mashing temperatures. ASBC 4-6/EBC 10–15, DP 40 °Lintner

C-45 "Crystal" Caramalt: is a medium-amber crystal malt that will impart a rich, caramel-sweet aroma and full flavor, as well as intense color.

Cara-Hell Malt: 11° L. Imparts a full, round malt flavor and gold color. Very versatile - use up to 15% in pale ale, Oktoberfest, Maibock, and hefeweizen.

Cara-Wheat Malt: 45.5° L. malted wheat that has been steeped and kilned to create a caramel malt. Emphasizes wheat aroma and flavor and adds color; use up to 15% for dunkelweizen and hefeweizen.

Polaris Hops: "A variety with bold taste and differentiating flavor" Produced as an aroma hop, Polaris is described as having "intense floral and pleasant mint tones"

Mosaic Hops: "An excellent aroma variety" Grown as an aroma hop, Mosaic was inspired by the famous Simcoe hop variety. Per the farmers this hop is described as "A complex array of tropical fruit, citrus, berry, herbal, earthy and pine characteristics". 

Chinook Hops: "Increasingly popular among craft brewers; released in 1985." Produced as a dual purpose hop, Chinook is described as having "... Distinct, medium intensity spice and pine characteristics with subtle notes of grapefruit". Often this hops is used as a substitution for hops Columbus, Northern Brewer, and Nugget.

Citra Hops: "Developed by the Hop Breeding Company and released in 2007" Another aroma hop, that was inspired by "Hallertau Mittelfrüh, US Tettnang, Brewer's Gold and East Kent Golding" hops. This hop has been described as have a "Strong citrus and tropical tones of grapefruit, melon, lime, gooseberry, passion fruit and lychee".

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mash_ingredients
http://www.beercolor.com/malt_descriptions.htm
http://www.weyermann.de/eng/produkte.asp?idkat=18&umenue=yes&idmenue=0&sprache=2
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/brewing-ingredients/maillard-malts-malted-grain/caramel-crystal-cara-malt/weyermann-carahell-malt.html
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/brewing-ingredients/maillard-malts-malted-grain/caramel-crystal-cara-malt/weyermann-carawheat-malt.html
https://www.hopunion.com/german-polaris/
https://www.hopunion.com/mosaic-hbc-369-cv/
https://www.hopunion.com/chinook/
https://www.hopunion.com/citra-brand-ycr-394-cv/
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