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Port City Launches Limited Edition “Maniacal” Double IPA

Hop heads, rejoice, another local DIPA for you all to bitter your palates with, this time from Port City Brewing Company. From a press release:

Bill Butcher, founder of Port City® Brewing Company, located at 3950 Wheeler Avenue in Alexandria, VA, is hopped up and pleased to announce the release of his first double IPA, Maniacal™ IPA – Double India Pale Ale, available this April.  Crafted by Head Brewer Jonathan Reeves, this hand-crafted IPA will be brewed with hop maniacs in mind, using CTZ, Chinook, and Simcoe® hops and dry-hopped twice with Port City’s Hopzooka™ to further enhance the hop aroma.  Maniacal™ IPA will be available on draft only at select restaurants and bars in Washington, DC, Virginia, Maryland and at Port City’s Tasting Room starting April 5, 2013.

The 11,000 square-foot craft brewery is dedicated to bringing great quality, innovative, handmade craft beers to the DC and Mid-Atlantic market.  Port City produces world-class quality beer, brewing four year-round beers along with a rotating seasonal selection.  The Maniacal IPA is an extra hoppy version of a traditional American IPA, which will delight hop-heads all summer long.  This beer is 8.5% alcohol by volume and boasts a golden color with a slight orange hue and bold flavors of citrus and pine.  Maniacal IPA strikes a good balance between hops, sweet malt structure and warming alcohol.  Port City is using a small percentage of caramel malt for color and flavor, which allows the hops to dominate.  They’ve “pre-hopped” this beer by throwing the hops in the brew kettle well before it boils to add extra hop bitterness and flavor.  Then, Port City dry hops Maniacal IPA twice with CTZ, Chinook, and Simcoe® hops with their unique and innovative Hopzooka™ to further enhance the hop aroma.

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