Redhook Releases Saturnaleia Double Red Ale

From Redhook Press Release: Redhook’s Saturnaleia Next In Brewery Backyard Series

Raise Your Glass to Saturn with Double Red Ale

In the spirit of the Roman week of frivolity to commemorate Saturn, Redhook has brewed up a double red ale hop monster. The Roman festival was marked by tomfoolery and reversal of social roles so our brewers decided to have a little fun. After receiving immense praise as an experimental beer offered on occasion in the pub, Saturnaleia will now be available outside of the brewery as the next beer in Redhook’s Brewery Backyard Series.

“We’re proud to debut Saturnaleia as the next Brewery Backyard Series. The beer received great acclaim from our pub patrons when the recipe was originally created in 2008,” said Alex Kopf, Redhook senior brewer. “The Redhook brewers were able to get very creative with this beer, using eight hop varieties. Saturnaleia is a hop behemoth with almost three pounds of hops used per barrel.”

– Alex Kopf, Redhook senior brewer

Tasting Notes:

  • Saturnaleia is a full bodied, deep red brew with a robust hop character.
  • Hops are used in every stage of the brewing process; mash, wort, boil, whirlpool, and dry hop.
  • Saturnaleia is balanced by a smooth and rich caramel malt flavor.

Redhook Saturnaleia Rundown:

  • Uses Amarillo, Mt. Hood, Cascade, Galaxy, Sterling, Centennial, Chinook, and Simcoe hops
  • Brewed with two-row, English, Crystal malts and Floor Malted Crystal.
  • Alcohol by volume (ABV) of 8.3 percent
  • 80 international bittering units (IBUs)
  • Original gravity of 19.64°
  • Available on draught in Redhook’s “backyard” markets: Portsmouth’s Cataqua Pub and a handful of bars and beer-loving restaurants in New Hampshire, Maine, Vermont, and Massachusetts.

I have personally had this beer already at the brewery and I must say it will not dissapoint. Redhoko’s taps have been great in town, showcasing their Birthday Beer, Red Lager and Saturnaleia among others. If you haven’t been down to the brewery lately get down there and try out their new (and not new) beers!