Beer of the Week: Butcherknife Brewing’s Amputator IPA
Where to Find Amputator IPA:
Butcherknife Brewing Tap Room
Steamboat Umbrella Bar
For any brewery starting out, it’s important to make a name for yourself with well made beers and signature tastes. However, making a good beer isn’t necessarily enough. You need to make an impression that keeps people coming back for more.
This is what Butcherknife Brewing is hoping to do with it’s second offering, Amputator IPA. With a high alcohol content, a ton of hops and a big bold flavor, they’ve created a beer that won’t be easily forgotten.
It was born from a recipe created at Butcherknife during their development called Singu-ale-ity. Named after the singular cosmic point of infinite density that existed moments before the big bang, it was the genesis of the Amputator IPA. The taste was great, but when they needed an entry for the Vail Big Beers Festival, they knew it needed a boost. By upping the hops and alcohol content, they created an aggressive IPA that still manages to maintain good balance and drinkability.
The experience starts as soon as the beer is poured from the tap into your glass (preferably a fancy glass so you feel cool while you drink it.) It has a light orange and gold color with great clarity that complements it’s crisp hop aroma. Since taste involves all of your senses, it’s important for a beer to look good as well as taste good.
As with most IPAs, the hops are the first thing you notice with Amputator. This beer is dominated by Centennial hops, a classic from the northwest that packs a bitter punch. This might sound unpleasant, but there is no need to worry. In addition to their bitterness, centennial hops have a delicate citrusy finish that creates a complex flavor in the beer.
Once the initial wave of hop flavor passes through your mouth, you are greeted by a slightly sweet and malty finish that mixes well with the overall bitterness of the beer. The addition of some european Munich malt gives the beer some toasted bread flavors that fill the gap as the hops start to fade away. It feels substantial in your mouth but has a crisp dry finish that keeps the bitterness from lingering too long.
Overall, Amputator IPA looks, smells and tastes good. What more can you ask? The flavors meld together in a way that creates a good beer drinking experience that leaves you wanting more. But with over 7 percent ABV, you might want to cut yourself off sooner rather than later.
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