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Fall for a Red Head

By | August 30, 2017
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If ever there was an IPA built for fall, it would be rye IPA. Head to Westlake Village’s Five Threads Brewing Company for a pint of Nelson Red Rye to immerse yourself, with 6.5% alcohol by volume (ABV) and 75 International Bitterness Units (IBUs).

Nelson Red Rye is a beer you see before you taste, with its captivating red hue. Five Threads’ CEO and Head Brewer Tim Kazules calls this one a smooth drinker. The malt body gives it structure, while tropical aromas blend with spicy rye to balance this fruit-forward IPA, he says.

Imported from New Zealand, Nelson Sauvin hops are notably fruity with a unique white wine character. So influenced by the gooseberry-like wine aroma, it was named after the Sauvignon Blanc grapes grown nearby.

“We use a small amount of Southern Cross, also from New Zealand, to give it an underlying and supporting pungency,” Kazules adds.

Rye has become a popular addition to IPAs in the last 15 years. Popular examples include Bear Republic Brewing Company’s Hop Rod Rye and Founders Brewing Co.’s Red’s Rye. Kazules attributes his love of Nelson Sauvin hops and rye IPA to “a little brewery out in Alpine [in San Diego County],” where he called his exposure to the beer “love at first taste.”

Pairing Nelson Red Rye with chicken or lamb korma would play with the hop character, but a grilled rib-eye steak with caramelized onion in port reduction would tease out the caramel malt notes, Kazules says.

To see the traits of Nelson Red Rye IPA manifested elsewhere, head to the movies. Marvel’s Black Widow conjures up a reminder, says Kazules: “an elusive redhead with her own style that packs quite the punch!”

—Erika Bolden

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