Hop-forward though balanced, Prodigal, the first beer ever introduced by Royal Docks, is a West-Coast style American IPA through and through. Prodigal delivers a surplus of summery…
Hop-forward though balanced, Prodigal, the first beer ever introduced by Royal Docks, is a West-Coast style American IPA through and through. Prodigal delivers a surplus of summery floral and citrus notes throughout the nose, flavour and finish and a delicate malt character thanks to true-blue American ingredients throughout.
Prodigal is a simple brew, really. The malt bill is ninety percent American Pale malt with the balance made up of a light American crystal malt. The kettle is charged with hops three times during the boil; Nugget for bittering and a combination of Citra and Amarillo late in the boil and at the end.
One of our house yeast strains lends the beer a crisp, clean west-coast bitterness and aroma, but most of the character is realized post-fermentation. Once the beer has reached terminal gravity, a very healthy dry hop charge – more than half the total hops – is added to the beer. Twelve hours later, the beer is rapidly chilled to 1°C and the hops are allowed to steep at that temperature for 6 days.
The Parable of the Prodigal Brew
Early in our journey building a brewery that paid homage to our affinity for the uniquely English pub culture but at the same time embraced modern American expectations for design and taste, it was mentioned by a friend that we were, in a sense, Britain’s prodigal son come home.
It occurred to us right away that the perfect beer to illustrate and embody the idea of the studied American twist on English culture was the IPA. India