Heavy Riff brews Rising Hope IPA to benefit children battling cancer

Heavy Riff brews Rising Hope IPA to benefit children battling cancer

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The effort to brew Rising Hope IPA nationwide is a truly original collaboration between the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation and participating breweries, with proceeds to benefit children who are battling cancer.

The NPCF is partnering with 1 brewery from each state to produce Rising Hope IPA.  Backed by donations from various product distributors and the recipe developed by Cigar City Brewing out of Tampa, the idea is that the breweries participating will produce roughly the same beer and that all of the proceeds from sales go back to help fight pediatric cancer.

The NPCF funds collaborative research in hospitals across the nation to fast-track less toxic, more targeted treatments that are saving many children’s lives.

In Missouri, the Rising Hope brewery selected is St. Louis’ own Heavy Riff Brewing, located in Dogtown (6413 Clayton Ave, St. Louis.)

“This beer is unlike anything I have made before.  It’s a big IPA that is double dry-hopped and uses a massive fruit addition,” said head brewer Jerid Saffell.

Tropical fruits abound on the nose of this fruited IPA, with tangerine, kiwi, and guava figuring prominently. Full-on the palate but never heavy, orange peel, tangelo, and passionfruit flavors are balanced by a moderate bitterness, a bread-like malt flavor and vibrant carbonation.

Tasting Notes
  • Visual:  Golden yellow and hazy
  • Aroma:  Heavy citrus fruit dominates with floral hop notes
  • Flavor:  Intense grapefruit and other citrus with a direct hit of hop bitterness in the middle of the palate.  Low malt character.
  • Mouthfeel:  Light on the tongue with average carbonation for an IPA
  • Body:  Medium-bodied

Ingredients:
Yeast:  British Ale
Hops:  Loral, Centennial, Simcoe
Malt: Pilsner Malt, Light Crystal, Torrified Wheat
Other: Tangerine Puree, Passionfruit Puree

Food Pairings:

Cuisine:  Spicy Asian inspired dishes, any of our BBQ with our house-made El Scorcho (mango habanero) BBQ Sauce

Availability:  Currently only available at the taproom

Format: On Tap (crowlers and growler fills available)

Glassware:  A standard shaker pint or nonic glass

Serving Temp:
42 degrees is preferred.

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