BrewDog Brewery in Scotland has created a “quadruple IPA” called Sink the Bismark that is 41% ABV. Listen to this description:
This is IPA amplified, the most evocative style of the craft beer resistance with the volume cranked off the scale. Kettle hopped, dry hopped then freeze hopped for a deep fruit, resinous and spicy aroma. A full out attack on your taste-buds ensues as the incredibly smooth liquid delivers a crescendo of malt, sweet honey, hop oils and a torpedo of hop bitterness which lasts and lasts.
O.M.G! Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my beard. I have no idea how they got 41% ABV out of the yeast. That amount of alcohol would kill normal beer yeast; I don’t think even champagne yeast could handle it. Does freezing somehow raise the ABV? If you know, please illuminate me in the comments.
As you might imagine, a beer this big is not cheap. This freak of nature is available for sale online for £40 for a 330ml bottle. That’s about $61 for 11ozs but I imagine it is well worth it. I started to buy a bottle expecting it to block me me when I put in a US address but it did not. The total cost, however, jumped to £80. Unfortunately, $120 is too much for a bottle of beer that might get broken or lost in shipment.
This looks like a really fun brewery, kind of a cross between Flying Dog‘s irreverence and branding and Dogfish Head‘s innovative beers. They have some sort of story to go along with this IPA but it’s lost on this dumb American. There is an amusing video though.