The Vermonster is made with 110 pounds of malt per barrel, and is 100 IBU in the hop department. This heavyweight is 10% ABV. I took this chance to google “IBU” to learn more about it. I learned that IBU stands for International Bitterness Units. Thank you wikipedia. 100 IBU is pretty damn strong. For example, an IPA comes in the ballpark of 40 IBU, while a stout is around 80 IBU…generally speaking of course.
Anyhow, back to the review…
As I poured the beer, I began uncontrollably saying “SO PRETTY” over and over. Partially to make my wife laugh, and partially because the dark brown beer combined with the swirling bubbles and sediment WAS pretty! At first I began getting disappointed at the lack of head, however the beer fooled me and I soon found head pouring over the edge of the glass! A happy surprise.
As I sit writing this, I see flecks of white floating all through the Vermonster. At first I thought I had used a rather dirty glass, but that isn’t the case. What are these magical white bits?
I’m going to be completely honest here…I have no idea what I’m doing with a 100 IBU Ale. What should I be tasting for? It tastes like a spicy, hoppy shotgun blast into my mouth. I will say that the 110lbs of malt do come through at the beginning of the sip, but quickly turns to hoppy bitterness in the back of your mouth. Seems like there should be more to this…what tastes should I be looking for?
If you have suggestions on how I can analyze a beer like this, please comment!