Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits joins the global brewing collaboration, ALL TOGETHER to raise awareness and relief to our brothers and sisters from the hospitality industry struggling because of the COVID-19 crisis.
ALL TOGETHER is the initiative of Other Half Brewing Co., one of the most popular craft breweries based in Brooklyn, New York. The objective of this initiative is to support hospitality workers whose livelihoods have been drastically affected due to the closures and quarantines in various countries. The brewers of Other Half have created an open-source base recipe complete with the design materials needed to create the beer with the lowest possible cost. The base recipe was designed to be flexible for brewers that want to make their collaboration beer as a New England IPA or a “West Coast” or American IPA.
As of this writing, there are 846 breweries from 53 countries that are involved in this global initiative. In the Philippines, Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits is one of three participating breweries. Part of the proceeds will be directed to Unicef, the selected beneficiary of Raoul.
Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits “All Together” New England IPA
Name: All Together
Brewer: Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits (Philippines)
Style: New England IPA
Based on the style guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), the New England IPA is an American IPA with intense fruit flavors and aromas, a soft body, a smooth mouthfeel, and is often opaque with substantial haze. These beers are perceived to be less bitter than the traditional IPAs but are always massively hop-forward. This style is also known for its specific “juicy” character which is attributed to the dry-hopping technique used.
The New England IPA is a modern craft beer style that emerged in the New England region of the United States sometime in 2010 and is often attributed to Heady Topper, a beer brewed by the Vermont-based brewery, The Alchemist. Since then, the New England IPA has become the antithesis of the classic bitter American IPA.
All Together pours hazy orange-yellow under appropriate lighting. The nose reveals assertive notes of orange juice and marmalade, honey, and distinct but soft fruity-floral notes. Subtle aromas of oats are noted. This NEIPA is medium-bodied with moderately low carbonation and a mouthfeel akin to fruit juice.
The overall flavor balance is hop-driven as malts take on a supportive role. In particular, hops reveal prominently juicy oranges and peaches with the familiar fruity-floral notes that accentuate the former. There is an umami-like presence somewhere that makes this beer quite interesting. The malt profile manifests as bread-like, but low enough to support the assertive hop characters. Some oat character is noted. Fermentation seems to yield orange citrus esters while bitterness is moderately low. The overall flavor impression is orange juice with an oat-backbone.
Slightly lingering orange peel, pine hops, some spice, and that notable umami flavor characterize the aftertaste.
While we have yet to review the original All Together beer from Other Half, Raoul seemed to have nailed the “game-changing” brew for his New England IPAs. While he followed the base recipe from the NY hazy beer masters, Raoul personally integrated his own trademark brewing style to make All Together his very own. To those who have been following Raoul’s releases religiously, you know what we are talking about. However, the fruity-floral aromas and flavors are something new for sure.
While the appearance can still have a brighter hue, we think the aroma is spot on. The flavor generally balances pleasant citrus and fruity floral notes well and the mouthfeel feels appropriate. Overall, very good. Now we look forward to the next New England IPAs from Elias Wicked Ales & Spirits.
For more information about this initiative: https://alltogether.beer/
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All Together India Pale Ale (6.5%) A worldwide collaboration to support the millions of hospitality workers laid off during this difficult time. Brewed with 2-row, oats and carapils and then hopped it with a blend of hand selected Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Cascade. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Restaurant Workers Community Foundation @rwcfusa. It’s ready for sale through delivery and curbside pickup now. ––————––—– To celebrate the release of All Together, we’ll be hosting a Worldwide Virtual Toast this Thursday at 8pm EST on Instagram Live. Our very own @craft_breezy and @beerwithflavor will be joined by special guest @felipe_higgins from @otherhalfroc, and some of the collab breweries from around the world to raise a glass to everyone in the hospitality industry who is hurting right now. We’d like to invite any of the All Together participating breweries to join in our virtual toast as well. ––————––—– For details on All Together, please head to https://alltogether.beer or the link in our bio to learn about the initiative and see the more than 550 participating breweries across 40 countries. Special thanks to @bluelabelpackaging @craftpeak and @stoutcollective for helping make this possible. #alltogetherbeer