Palo Alto Brewing Company brewer Kasim Syed teamed up with our Craft Beer Expert, Kiley, to collaborate on a special bottled brew produced exclusively for Mollie Stone’s: Hostage DIPA, a double IPA with 8% ABV. Because of this special relationship between PABC and Mollie Stone’s, you can expect unsurpassed freshness since the bottles reach our stores immediately after bottling. An added adventure for the craft beer drinker is that the beer will change in flavor and aroma hops periodically, taking advantage of newly released hops varieties.
Batch #1 of the Hostage DIPA (gold caps) featured an experimental unnamed hop that was a hybrid of many popular varieties including Simcoe and Cascade. It was an instant hit among Mollie Stone’s craft beer shoppers, as well as the limited bars in the Bay Area that procured Hostage on draft.
Following in that tradition, Batch #2 (black caps) has just been released and combines a new German Hop, Mandarina Bavaria, with Galaxy hops. The result is a huge citrus bomb that you can smell before it gets anywhere near your mouth, and has tropical flavors like mango and passion fruit. Underneath it all is the solid bitterness and great mouthfeel you crave in a DIPA.
Look for another batch in early 2014!
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