As a collaborative project to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Maltose Falcons–the oldest homebrew club in America-we invited members of the club into the Ladyface brewhouse to craft one of their favorite recipes, a Double IPA. Double Down was brewed as a club collaboration for the 2004 American Homebrewers Association Conference in Las Vegas as one of three beers presented to the attendees, a great honor.
Double Down will gaze up at you with a hop-hazy, golden color and a white foam top. The Falcon’s hopping schedule was delivered in frequent doses to achieve a nicely balanced–but on the bitter side of–double IPAs with a moderately intense aroma of citrus-forward hops. European base malts and light biscuit notes from the Munich and Biscuit specialty grains add body and balance; crystal malts only provide color with little sweetness. Finish is clean and sharp from heavy dry hopping with a touch of alcohol, and overall, highly quaffable for a 8.8% beer. Thanks to all Falcons for their hard work and execution of a great recipe. Happy 40th. Brew long and prosper.