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Friday, June 3, 2011

Crazy Cat Lady Beer - Monks on the Beach Black Belgian Imperial IPA

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Monks on the Beach Black Belgian Imperial IPA
Crazy Cat Lady Beer Co.
Gainesville, FL USA
Est. 2010

Brain Damage Quotient = 17.4 % ABV
Fluid Oz. = 12.0

Postmortem Brew Review
Solid, deep brown color.
Sweet malt aroma with hint of yeast and alcohol.

Defined hops on the nose.
Moderate carbonation.

Two finger, caramel tan head with stringed lace.
Full mouth feel; malted bodied.  Full-on hops. Trace alcohol as it warms. 

Grim Reaper's Eulogy
Another of my special reviews by "pico brewers" - - - Black Belgian Imperial IPA by Crazy Cat Beer Lady.

To bring you up to speed, here's what I wrote in a past entry for Crazy Cat Lady Beer:
It's about friends, and beer. And then, it's about good friends and good beer. The FLAbrew crew came, saw and conquered a tweetup at The Cock & Bull in Sarasota recently. In the house were some of the best cellered micro beers and ales, opened between friends.
After a while, we all realized there was a bit too much to be drunk, even by us seasoned beer aficionados. What to do with all this good stuff? Well, this is where my good twitter friend Amie put a couple of her home brews in my direction. Remember, I said good friends and good beer...
Here's the brewer's self proclaimed Black Belgian Imperial IPA from Amie. What an outstanding billet! This 17.4% ABV 'bomb' has a bunch of great ingredients to pack a punch. Amie divulges this about Monks on the Beach,
"I brewed that {MOTB} for my Iron Brewer entry, and I'm pretty happy with it... ...We had to use chocolate malt, citra hops, and tea. That beer is made to be a black IPA (I hopped the hell out of it), and I wanted some serious malt presence, so I used a lot of it and Belgian Strong Ale Yeast so that it could turn all that lovely malt into alcohol." - Amie
It warms in the glass to bring out the malts and the yeast components in great aroma and tongue textures. A wonderful, make that dangerously wonderful concoction. The bittering hops round out the malty sweetness.

Amie admitted to me that the carbonation might be light:
"Unfortunately, I've never had one that carbonated.. but if you would shake it up, put it somewhere in the 70 degree temp range, it should carb up nicely in a couple of weeks."
Fortunately, I kept it stored at room temp for several weeks longer, then chilled it up for 48 hours. What you see in the photo is the carbonation results I got. I was expecting a wimpy head by her description, but instead was rewarded with a magnificent pour.

With a mouthful of a name and a mouthful of ingredients, I found this to be a very enjoyable brew. Banging hops with wonderful malt and yeast components. Cheers, Amie!

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