The Widmer Brothers Rotator Series grows with I.P.L. (India-Style Pale Lager). The Rotator series features a rotating lineup of hoppy IPAs. Preceeding I.P.L. is Falconer’s IPA, and O’Ryely IPA, X-144 IPA, Spiced IPA, and Shaddock. This edition is touted to be hopped like an IPA, fermented like a lager. (Cold).
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
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I calculate this to be the 4th addition to Widmer Brother’s Rotator IPA Series – Shaddock IPA. The Rotator series features a rotating lineup of hoppy IPAs. Preceeding Shaddock, is Falconer’s IPA, and O’Ryely IPA, X-144 IPA. This new is actually X-114 IPA brewed with with grapefruit peels.
People sometimes describe the aromas and flavors of hoppy IPAs as “grapefruit.” Hell, why not use some then? Widmer’s brewing team used a simple IPA recipe and added a generous amount of dried grapefruit peel to the end of the boil. The aroma is a melody of citrus, with a slight spice undertone, accentuated by the use of Citra hops. The flavor is that of nice hop forward IPA with the bitterness of grapefruit.
Availability: 12oz bottles, Draft
Quick recap. Widmer Brothers Brewing has creating a “Rotator IPA” series this year. The brothers and brewers at Widmer are getting creative with IPAs this year. The series will feature 4 different IPAs full of flavor creativity. Falconer’s IPA is labeled here as beer #2. Nelson O’Ryely is also expected as #2. Time will tell who arrives first.
Taking a cue from the name, Falconer’s IPA will feature the Falconer’s Flight hop. FF is high in alpha acids (10%) and has flavors of tropical Fruit, citrus, lemon & grapefruit. It was created by Hop Union to celebrate brewing legend Glen Hay Falconer who passed away in 2002. This hop blend is comprised of Sorachi Ace, Simcoe, Citra, plus some experimental varieties.
Arrival: Fall, 2011
Made By Hopheads, For Hopheads
Widmer Brothers Brewing (Portland, OR) is launching an experimental series of IPAs called the “Rotator” series. The brewery plans on 4 releases in 2011. First is X-114 IPA, named for the number strain of citra hops. X is due out in a matter of weeks.
The second edition of the Rotator series is a rye bases IPA called Nelson O’Ryely. Subtitled “A Wry Take On IPA.”
The beers in the series are available in 12oz/6pks & draft.
Arrival: Summer, 2011
Widmer Brothers is adding a rotating IPA series this year. The series – called “Rotator IPA Series” will feature experimental IPAs brewed by Widmer’s brewing team. The first beer in the series is X-114 and headed for shelves soon. The 114 is drawn from the strain number of citra hop used in this inaugural beer. Expect the second Rotator IPA by summer.
Details of X-144
Style: American IPA
Hop: Citra (114) (Dry & Aroma)
Malt: 2 Row Pale, Caramel 30L, Carapils
Taste Expectations: An aromatic IPA made from Citra hops that balance perfect proportions of big fruit and citrus flavor with hints of peppery spice, caramel malt sweetness and a bitter, but smooth finish.
Availability: 12oz/6pks. Draft. Limited Release.
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WIDMER BROTHERS LAUNCHES ROTATOR IPA SERIES: X-114 IPA LEADS OFF; MORE BREWS TO COME
PORTLAND, Ore. — March 28, 2011 — Widmer Brothers Brewing launches its Rotator IPA series with the release of X-114 India Pale Ale. The first beer in the series of IPAs, X-114 was handcrafted by the Widmer Brothers’ brewing team. X-114 IPA is available in limited quantities on draught and in six-packs at select retailers nationwide.
“Our Rotator IPA series was born out of our brewing team’s desire to experiment with and enthusiasm for the IPA style of beer,” said Rob Widmer. “Our brewers are passionate about creating unique interpretations of beer styles and always finding ways to do things a bit differently. X-114 IPA is an aromatic IPA that originated from the experimental hop that we now call Citra. It’s a great, drinkable beer and is the perfect brew to kick off this series.”
About X-114 IPA
X-114 IPA is an aromatic IPA made from Citra hops that balance perfect proportions of big fruit and citrus flavor with hints of peppery spice, caramel malt sweetness and a bitter, but smooth finish.
Malts: 2-Row Pale, Caramel 30L, Carapils Hops: Bittering-Alchemy, Aroma — 114 (Citra) Dry Hopped and Aroma Hopped — 114 (Citra)
Original Gravity: 14.3 P Apparent Extract: 2.9P IBU: 50 Alcohol by Volume: 6.2 percent Color: 10 SRM
X-114 IPA has a suggested retail price of $8.99.
About the Rotator IPA Series
Widmer Brothers’ Rotator Series will feature an ever-changing offering of different IPA brews. The series was developed to showcase the Widmer Brothers brewers’ penchant for experimentation and to give lots of latitude for innovation within the broad IPA style. X-114 IPA is the first in the series to be released. Rotator Series beers will be available in limited quantities and are only available while supplies last. Widmer Brothers’ brewers will handcraft each IPA sequentially. The second beer of the series is expected to hit shelves sometime during the summer of 2011.About Widmer Brothers Brewing
What started as a dream for two ordinary brothers who just loved beer has now become a reality for two ordinary brothers who still just love beer. Kurt and Rob Widmer helped lead the Pacific Northwest craft beer movement in 1984 when, in their twenties, they dreamed of brewing American interpretations of authentic European-style beers. In 1986, Widmer Brothers Brewing introduced the first American-style Hefeweizen; today, the unfiltered cloudy beer is the company’s signature brew and one of the best selling wheat beers in the country. Based in Portland, Ore., the brewery currently brews a variety of beers including Drifter Pale Ale, Nelson Imperial IPA, Drop Top Amber Ale and Pitch Black IPA. For more information about Widmer Brothers Brewing, visit www.widmerbrothers.com.