Ethereal Substances is a 6.8% Scottish pale ale made with single origin Scottish malt from @craftymaltsters. It is hopped both with Huell Melon and West Coast aristocrat, Centennial.
Prodigious foam radiates tropical fruits (melon, of course, but also ripe passionfruit and dried pineapple), sherbet funk and toasted milk bread. Oak fermentation has also brought a subtle vanilla note to the aroma. The palate is full, intense yet crisp. In the finish, alcohol mingles with the peppery bitterness in a way which reminds me of Belgian things I like to drink.
This, too, will mature for some time, changing a good deal in the coming months and years. Expect deep funk.
The name of this beer is a reference to Niels Hjelte Claussen’s great 1904 paper in which he names Brettanomyces as a yeast which produces “…ethereal substances, the taste and flavour of which cannot fail to attract the attention of any connoisseur..." Exactly!
Both beers will be released very soon.
For those who like the branding as much as I do, it was absolutely smashed by @ostreetstudio who were a pleasure to work with. If you’re thinking of getting some design work done, I’d recommend a chat with them.