This is not a modern IPA, it’s not even a vintage west coast IPA, this is IPA as it tasted back when it was actually shipped to India. 100% Maris Otter pale malt and an eye watering 160 calculated IBUs of traditional East Kent Goldings hops. Aged in oak barrels with Brettanomyces for a full year then dry hopped with even more Goldings hops.
The aroma is like a Christmas cake with orange marmalade, gingerbread and warm spices. It’s definitely funky from the Brett but not in the typical “barnyard” way. The funk flavor battles it out with mouth coating hop resin and a bit of oak tannins. Unbelievably complex yet surprisingly drinkable.
We release this once a year and it has its fans that think it’s the best beer we make and for others it’s just too weird. What is for sure is that Zebulon is likely the only brewery in the world making this style. I think everyone should try it at least once, if only to know how IPA tasted originally.7.8% ABV.