Maggot Brain

Maggot Brain

Black IPA

A tribute to Funkadelic's "Maggot Brain", this Black IPA walks the fine line between rich malty dark beers and their hoppy lighter counterparts. It might not be as mind-melting as Eddie Hazel's guitar solo but it makes up for it in flavour and aroma, and at the very least is a good transition beer for in-between seasons.

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  • StyleBlack IPA
  • Last brewedDecember 22th, 2018
  • Alcohol7.1%
  • MaltsPale, Flaked Oats, Carafa II, Munich, Cara-120
  • HopsAmarillo, Cascade, Centennial
  • YeastFermentis Safale US-05
Maggot Brain

Intended as a transition from the hot summer season to the colourful yet somewhat chillier autumn, the entire idea behind this beer was to blend toasty maltiness with fresh hoppiness, without going overboard on either. Since dark roasted grains can easily become dominant in flavor, the key was finding that ideal ratio for my grain bill and then letting the hop additions do the rest. With the first version of this beer the dark malts were much too dominant in taste and the hops were barely noticeable, so I had to iterate on it a few times to get the recipe just right. After some trial and error I was finally able to get this beer to where I wanted in terms of mouthfeel, flavor and aroma alike, with a good ratio of American hops paired with a malt bill that makes this a very well ballanced beer.

Initial pencil drawingInked with markersDigitally coloured

The Artwork

Autumn colours have always brought out the beauty of decay in such an intense and sometimes surreal way. Influenced by the changing seasons, I went with this as the theme for my label and choose the ram skull as a symbol of how even the strongest of us will not withstand the test of time. Devoured by maggots, it now just rests on dying hops bines, reminiscent of this beer's hoppy aroma.

Rifugio Tuckett in Madonna di Campiglio • 2,272m
Brenta Dolomites, Italy

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