Hitting Atlanta shelves today is the newest small batch release by Redhook Brewing (Woodlinville, WA.) 8-4-1 is an American Strong Ale with a unique bio that explains it’s name. It was developed by 8 Redhook brewers split up into 4 teams of 2 people. (Be patient, I know it says 8-4-1.) Each team created 1 beer, close the the target style. In the end, each teams brew was blended together to make this strong ale. Many people are starting to refer to it as a bit of an imperial brown ale.
Per Greg Deuhs, Redhook Brewmaster
“8-4-1 Expedition Ale is a great beer. Its combination of brown sugar and honey, paired with a variety of rich specialty and smoked malts before being aged for months with oak chips, give it a depth worth sipping next to the fire. Inspired by eight brewers working in four teams, 8-4-1 offers complex nuances to the traditional American-Style Strong Brown Ale that I am confident beer connoisseurs will appreciate.”
Hops – Unspecified as of yet – Expedition IS dry hopped
Malts – Pale, Smoked Specialty, Black, Caramel
Tasting Notes – There is a lot going on with this brew. Honey. Smoke. Brown sugar is prevalent. Oaky, sweet notes, and malty there is a complexity you will be spending time sorting out. Perhaps some cherry. Subtle sour.
Availability – 22oz bomber bottles, one time limited release. Very limited draft offerings.
55 IBU’s (slight bitter)
More to follow on this one….