It looks like Rhinegeist is firing up the limited run bottling line for a couple more rarity releases on the heels of what seems to be a successful first run of their Ink Imperial stout recently. UPDATE: two more bottle labels have popped up this weekend… score! More beer!
First up is Mosaic pale ale, it’s label reading “Dry Hopped Pale Ale with an ebullient grapefruit blossom & Mandarin orange bouquet.” I had to look it up, but ebullient means it’s cheerful and full of energy. That’s a great way to describe the Mosaic hops in this offering from their Monogamy series highlighting single hop varieties. Mosaic comes in at 5.6% and 45 IBUs.
Up next is Cafè Ink, their “Ink Imperial stout aged on Cincinnati roasted coffee beans” (from Tazza Mia Coffee Company). If you’ve tried Ink before I’m sure you can picture this 10% 85 IBU monster with a nice coffee addition. Put it in a bomber and you’ve got another release that local beer geeks are going to be clamoring to get their hands on…myself inluded.
Popping up next is Mastadon. A Belgian-Styled dark ale that clocks in at 9.8% with 60 IBUs. “Notes of white pepper, banana, peach & apricot fuel this primordial beast of a Belgian-Styled Dark Ale” reads the label. This looks like it’s going to be a fun one to play around with in the cellar…so rejoice beer geeks, rejoice and prepare yourselves.
Finally are going to see bottles of Gramps, Rhinegeists American Style Barleywine. It’s “A bold, bright and hoppy American Barleywine Ale with rich malty notes of berry, grape and graham.” The beer has 72 IBUs and comes in at 8.2% ABV. Again… curious to see how this does in a cellar with a couple years on it.
In addition to the bottles, a few new beers seem to be ready for draft offerings such as Steve – a 4.9% dark ale, S23 session IPA also clocking in at 4.9%, Waimea another one of their usually delicious pale ales highlighting single hop varieties (5.2%), and finally at 7.6% is Knucklehead – an American ale.
The moral of today’s story? Keep your eyes open… Rhinegeist doesn’t show any signs of slowing down its already meteoric growth in OTR. Not that any of us really want it to.