Fladda Rock makes a comeback with a Belgian twist.

By Chris Black

Fladda Rock Blog

One of our favourite beers from our IPA project last year is making a comeback!

When we got word that we were getting some more of the amazing calypso hops we knew exactly what we were doing with them; Fladda Rock had to come back! We only had enough to make one brew last year and it flew out of the brewery in a week. This time, we have enough hops to do several brews.

Our IPA project is all about experimentation in taste, whether that be experimenting with colour, techniques or using rare hops. It is often said that the yeast in a beer makes up 20% of the flavour. In the name of experimentation we decided to add a different yeast to a batch of Fladda Rock and compare the two beers side by side.

We had a look at the different yeasts we could get and chose a Belgian Wheat beer yeast. The two beers were brewed to exactly the same recipe with Fladda Rock’N’Roll getting the Belgian yeast. The results are pretty spectacular. Fladda rock is even better than it was last year with calypso hop pellets added to the fermenter for a bigger punch of flavour.  Very inviting aromas and flavours of melon dominate with a very smooth and enjoyable bitterness.

Fladda Rock’N’Roll has become a very different beer with a very striking aroma. The yeast has left a slight haze in the beer and there is a strong aroma of banana and clove. The flavour is of banana and the melon flavour from the calypso hops is been accentuated by the yeast in the beer.

For the best comparison taste the two beers side by side.

We are thrilled with how these two beers have come out, and are really looking forward to hearing what you think of them.

Both beers are available in mini cask from our online shop for a limited period.