Dundee’s 71 Brewing has expanded its portfolio with the release of an India Pale Lager, or IPL, and a Munich Dunkel beer.
IPL is described as a seasonal mash-up of lager and ale, born from a robust combination of Polish Lubiner and American Chinook hops and lager malts. With ABV of 4.4%, it is cold fermented and has a twice-dry hopped aroma with a refreshing and mellow taste that is full of character.
The Munich Dunkel is Ferrous Red, with a strong backbone of malt flavours and ABV of 4.8%. It is amber red in colour with a hint of bitterness that settles just below its naturally smooth sweetness. It is a blend of pale, Munich, toasted and crystal malts with Noble and American Mount Hood hops. It has been cold fermented for a refreshing clean crisp finish.
They are both available in 30-litre and 50-litre kegs and in 330ml bottles. They come after the launch of 71 Brewing’s flagship beer, 71 Lager, earlier this year.
Duncan Alexander, who founded the brewery with Mark Griffiths, said: “From a standing start we’ve gained over 60 accounts for 71 Lager, far exceeding the targets we set ourselves at the beginning of this venture.
“We’re pouring at The Huxley in Edinburgh and across the Innis & Gunn Beer Kitchen chain and, in many places, we’re outselling the stalwart continental imports.
“We trialled these brews as limited editions at various beer conventions over the summer and the feedback was so phenomenal that we decided to make them a part of our permanent portfolio.
“Our inspiration from the start has been the great lager brewing traditions of central and eastern Europe and our aim is to explore and celebrate these classic beers in an innovative way.”
Emerging as Dundee’s only brewery in January this year, the start-up has had a busy opening campaign as headline sponsor of the city’s music festival Carnival 56.
The brewer is also part of BrewDog’s fifth annual #collabfest on October 20, for which it is creating a special-edition beer for each of BrewDog’s bars in the UK and the rest of Europe.
Tasting notes from 71 Brewing
Appearance: A light and golden beer with a brilliant white, frothy head.
Aroma: Fresh piney aromas from the American Chinook hops burst forward on the nose
Taste: All the refreshing taste of a lager with an added hit of citrusy hops. The perfect thirst quencher.
Palate: Clean, crisp and refreshing with just enough carbonation to leave you ready for the next sip.
Appearance: A light copper beer with bright clarity and an off-white head.
Aroma: Moderately sweet malt is complemented by a slight floral hop aroma to give a satisfying but highly drinkable beer.
Taste: Rich with a complex malt profile. Toffee and red berry soon give way to a crisp and dry finish. A touch of roasted barley gives added depth and complexity.
Palate: Medium-light body with gentle creaminess. Smooth and satisfying.