Maggot Brain

Maggot Brain

Black IPA

A tribute to Funkadelic's "Maggot Brain", this Black IPA is the ideal transition from hoppy summer pale ales to darker and richer late autumn beers. It might not be as mind-melting as Eddie Hazel's guitar solo, but it makes up for it in flavour.

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  • Black IPA
  • August 19th, 2017
  • Alc. 6.9%
  • Maris Otter, Chocolate, Black,
    CaraMunich II, Rye
  • Cascade, Centennial, Chinook
  • Mangrove Jack's M36 Liberty Bell Ale
Maggot Brain

Intended as a transition from the hot summer season to the colourful yet somewhat chillier autumn, the whole idea of such a beer was to blend toasty maltiness with fresh hoppiness, without going overboard with each. Since dark roasted grains can easily become dominant in taste, the key here was to find that ideal ratio for my grain bill and then let the hops additions do the rest. Unfortunately I can't say that the first batch was necessarily to my liking, because the dark malts were too dominant in taste and the hops was barely noticeable, ending up as more of a slightly hoppy porter than anything else. The goal now is to adjust my grain bill for this recipe and also to increase the amount of added hops, aiming for the dark hoppy beer this one should've been in the first place.

Initial pencil drawingInked with markersDigitally coloured

The Artwork

Autumn colours have always brought out the beauty of decay in such an intense and sometimes surreal way. Influenced by the changing seasons, I went with this as the theme for my label and choose the ram skull as a symbol of how even the strongest things can fail the test of time. Devoured by maggots, it now just rests on dying hops bines, since the beer itself was supposed to be one of a particularly hoppy aroma.

Rifugio Tuckett in Madonna di Campiglio • 2,272m
Brenta Dolomites, Italy

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