Imagine deep-sea diving with a 93lb (42 kg) brass helmet covering you from the base of your neck to the top of your head. That’s what the naval divers of the early-mid 20th century were outfitted with for intensive diving operations. The helmets created a hermetic seal for these divers, known as Frogmen, and enabled them to see clearly underwater and breathe normally via a constant flow of breathing gas. Frogmen were instrumental in many deep-sea raids during both World Wars, often manning human torpedoes to destroy enemy ships.
The Frogman Imperial Black IPA is big, dark, hoppy, and malty. Hopped and double dry-hopped with VQH Farms’ Cascade, Chinook, and Centennial hops, The Frogman Imperial Black IPA registers 60 IBUs and tastes rich, bright, floral, and ever so slightly roasty. It gives off a pleasantly tropical aroma and pours a dark black. So, even decked out in your finest MK V Diving Rig, you’d be hard-pressed to see below the surface.
It would be a terrible choice for a pre-deep-sea raid beverage due to its imperial strength of 8% ABV. But, assuming you aren’t reading this from your human torpedo, we think it’s a perfectly suitable beer for enjoying with friends and off-duty naval officers. It’s on tap and in the cooler here at the Muddy York Brewing Co.
Visit The Wren this Thursday night for their Hopstile Takeover – where VQH and King Lake Farms will be showcasing their fantastic Ontario-grown hops in a variety of beers – including The Frogman Imperial Black IPA.