Is it just me, or do “Four Finger Jack” and “Evil Dog” sound like characters you’d find around a poker table in a wild west saloon?!
Well in fact, they are two new Pale Ale additions to the charismatic and well-presented Bulldog Brew range of premium beer kits. The theme of these kits is “The American Revolution” – the revolution in American Craft Brewing with native American hops rather than traditional European varieties.
As you may have read in our posts about the Cortez Gold Mexican Cerveza kit, this series of kits deliver a craft brewing experience via the “teabag technology” – and certainly made for a distinctive and rich brew in the Cerveza’s case. So let’s take a look at these two gunslingers in detail!
Four Finger Jack American Pale Ale
Bulldog cite the Four Finger Jack as a “true craft beer kit, with a very generous dose of American Centennial and Zeus hops, with a fine selection of malts. Produces a highly aromatic beer, bursting with citrus, fruit and pine aromas”.
The final ABV is a solid 4.6% with a flavour characteristic of citrus and slight woodiness.
Evil Dog Double IPA
The Evil Dog IPA is a big hitter in more ways that one. Firstly, we’re looking at an advertised ABV of a whopping 7.1%, but this isn’t just a gimmick…
We’re also looking at a massive dose of American Simcoe and Summit varieties to bring pine, earthiness and citrus notes, giving this double IPA a characteristic flavour and potent bitterness to counterbalance that strength.
American Hops – and Lots of It
The American Revolution (in brewing that is), started in the early 1980′s and the focus on American native hops was borne of the traditional European hops varieties being in short supply. This led to an explosion of American craft and micro-brewing, and along with it a large dose of creativity to work in these non-traditional hop flavours.
The result of all of this is that Bulldog Brew have captured the American Craft Brewing spirit in these two kits, emphasising how powerful American hops (such as Simcoe, Chinook, Cascade, Centennial) would have been previously unheard of in pale lagers; traditional brewers favouring the low-key, middle-of-the-road pale lager hops from Europe.
Well that was before the revolution… The Bulldog American Craft beer kits are the first to introduce extreme amounts of malt, combined with generous servings of these potent American hops.
Fuel the revolution with a Four Finger Jack, or an Evil Dog from Brew2bottle, £24.95 each at time of writing, and we’ll be really really interested to hear your thoughts on them so please get in touch with the comments below or an email or share your thoughts with a product review!