Hipster Ale

“This is a beer that gives more and more as it warms, I’m giving top marks.  The warm malt flavors balanced gorgeously with the secret ingredients.  Maybe a bit more hibiscus? Otherwise awesome.” – Michigan Iron Brewer Judge

The “mystery” ingredient is dried hibiscus flowers and ginger.  I can’t say I came up with this combination for a beer, it was forced on me at the Michigan Iron Brewer competition this summer.  Turned out to be a great beer and got high marks from the judges.  The one similar comment from the feedback was that the hibiscus was a bit muted compared to the ginger.  I really enjoyed the beer though, so I started planning to re-brew it and decided to give it a shot again when Bell’s Annual Homebrew Competition came around a few months later.  (more…)