Firestone Walker Leo v. Ursus #3: Inferos (473ml Can)
Inferos is a rye imperial IPA that is fiery in color, hellacious in hoppiness and bursting with spicy rye goodness. Forged with 25 percent rye grain and loaded with more than four pounds of hops per barrel, Inferos is ultimately a big, lively beer that will keep the soul warm as summer transitions to fall. The malt bill on Inferos features ESB as a base and Carafa for color, with a devilish dose of rye. “Rye is known for its spicy, rustic grain characteristic, and I think it really adds a distinctive personality to this beer,” says Brewmaster Matt Brynildson. Inferos is massively dry hopped with Galaxy and other Southern Hemisphere hops to ratchet up the intensity scale. “We’ve long been excited about this idea of brewing a heavily rye-infused beer, and then just hopping the hell out of it,” Matt says. “We finally got our chance.”
Imperial IPA, Double IPA or DIPA is a strong, often sweet, intensely hoppy version of the traditional India Pale Ale. Bitterness units range upward of 100 IBUs and alcohol begins at 7.5% but is more commonly in the 8.5-10% range. The flavour profile is intense all-round. Unlike barley wines, the balance is heavily towards the hops, with crystal and other malts providing support.