Apocalypse Ale Works, a new brewery just outside of Lynchburg, opened today. Apocalypse is the new undertaking of the owners of Pints O' Plenty, which is just about my favorite beer store. I've followed the progress as the owners have readied this new brewery, and yesterday I was happy to visit on the brewery's opening day. I had my growler filled with Hopocalypse, one of the two initial beers offered on opening day, and I really, really like it. Hopocalypse is an Imperial Red Ale, something like Oskar Blue's G'Knight, another beer I like a lot. I think I like Hopocalypse a little more, because along with those big hops that are present in G'Knight, Hopocalypse has an absolutely delicious malt that's strong and forward in the flavor. It pours a rusty red color with a couple of fingers of head, and the aroma hints at the hops, along with that buttery malt. But the harmony in the flavor is just exceptional. Citrus and grassy hops on the front give way to this rich, delicious malt that just ambushes your mouth, and slips away leaving the hop tingle in the aftertaste. I'd hoped that Apocalypse would have a beer that lived up to the owner's own obviously good taste, but I'm surprised and delighted at just how good it really is. I look forward to trying Apocalypse Ale Works seasonal brews, and refilling my growler with Hopocalypse on a regular basis.
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