It’s our brand new 100% Brett Trois hoppy amber. Like Neverwhere, it's a one-time special release.
Roraima (pronounced: ruh-RYE-muh) is the second beer out of our funk tank. Like Neverwhere, it was fermented with 100% Brett Trois, an alternative yeast that creates a totally distinctive, fruity, complex flavor profile. To review just what in the hell Brett Trois is, why our two Brett beers aren’t horse blankety, and why they taste like pineapples, please read Mike’s Neverwhere blog post.
Roraima is, essentially, a 6.5% hoppy amber, but the Brett Trois gives it a dynamically juicy/pineapple flavor that is utterly unique. It has a lightly doughy malt profile, but it finishes dry, with the emphasis on dark fruit and a light tingle of hop bitterness.
Roraima is dry-hopped with hops from three very different parts of the world. The combination of Motueka (New Zealand cultivar, dark fruit/blueberry aroma), Triskel (new French cultivar, orange/floral aroma), and Cascade (Yakima, classic grapefruit aroma) gives Roraima a nuanced, plum-like hop profile. It almost tastes like a dry, intensely flavorful candy, if that makes any sense.
Roraima is named after a gorgeous mountain in Venezuela covered in carnivorous plants. It is believed to be the inspiration behind Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World. Here's a picture.
And here's a short, fascinating video clip about it:
This beer just landed at our wholesaler last week, so expect to start seeing it on-tap around San Diego in the coming weeks.