The inspiration came from a trip out west to the Yakima Valley last fall. Brewer Eric Harper knew he was due to come up with a recipe for the Unchained Series, an ongoing project at Summit where brewers are allowed to tap into their creativity and bring the final product to market as a limited release. “I saw some good products out there and I knew I had to do an Unchained,” said Harper. “Why not be the first one to do a Double IPA?”
The result is Hop Silo, the 18th batch of the series, and one which achieves a couple of “firsts” for Summit. For one it is the very first Double IPA they’ve done in their nearly 30 years of business. Summit is known for brewing quality beers and they don’t often flirt with trends, but this series really encourages experimentation and Hop Silo fits that bill perfectly.
Another “first” is that this brew is packaged in a 16 oz. can and is sold in 4 packs. “It seemed like a cool idea” says Harper. “You tend to see a lot of Double IPAs in 16 oz. cans.”
Hop Silo is a beautiful, citrusy Double IPA with a healthy dose of UK malts that stand up to the hops. Lemon Drop, Azacca, Apollo and Cascade hops make up the hop profile which tests out at 101 IBUs for you “Hopheads” out there. The Simpsons Crystal Dark malt contributes to the rich amber color along with Crisp Best Pale, Simpsons Premium English Caramel. Weighing in at 8.3% ABV, this brew should be enjoyed in moderation and with a safe ride home if you are out and about. Pair this with some ribs for an early season cookout. You have no excuse now with this 60 degree weather.