Eutopian Harvest

Style

Old Ale

Story

The name of this beer was inspired by members of the United States Military who, when in class one day, pointed out that to have a fruitful, productive military marriage or relationship the Soldier and their significant other must live in some sort of “eutopian world” leaving the instructor somewhat dumbfounded. At that statement, one of the Soldiers spoke up saying, “Eutopian Harvest would be a great name for a beer!” Of course our master brewer, a US Army Veteran and attendee, couldn’t resist! As a result, Eutopian Harvest is a beer of marriage between grains and hops. This old ale captures the many walks of lives from which Soldiers come and is reflective of the “eutopian moments” in life that the fallen will never experience. “To the Fallen!”

Definition of EuTOPIA

plural -s
: a country of ideal felicity and perfection; sometimes : UTOPIA
Eutopian Adjective

A belief held by some Americans that everything is better in Europe. A play on the word 'utopia', only discernible in written form.

Low crime rates, good education, cultured citizens, and legal weed? Yeahsoundslike a real EUtopia.

Then there’s this….
Then there’s this….
Eutopian-345

Gladiator Brewing Co. defines Eutopian Harvest as the ideal blend of European Hops with American grains to achieve the perfect marriage between them as presented in this beer!

Aroma

Malty-sweet with fruity esters, often with a complex blend of dried-fruit, vinous, caramelly, molasses, nutty, toffee, treacle, and/or other specialty malt aromas. Some alcohol and oxidative notes are acceptable, akin to those found in Sherry or Port. Hop aromas not usually present due to extended aging.

Appearance

Light amber to very dark reddish-brown color (most are fairly dark). Age and oxidation may darken the beer further. May be almost opaque (if not, should be clear). Moderate to low head; may be adversely affected by alcohol and age.

Flavor

Medium to high malt character with a luscious malt complexity, often with nutty, caramelly and/or molasses-like flavors. Light chocolate or roasted malt flavors are optional, but should never be prominent. Balance is often malty-sweet, but may be well hopped (the impression of bitterness often depends on amount of aging). Moderate to high fruity esters are common, and may take on a dried-fruit or vinous character. The finish may vary from dry to somewhat sweet. Extended aging may contribute oxidative flavors similar to a fine old Sherry, Port or Madeira. Alcoholic strength should be evident, though not overwhelming. Diacetyl low to none. Some wood-aged or blended versions may have a lactic or Brettanomyces character; but this is optional and should not be too strong (enter as a specialty beer if it is).

Mouthfeel

Medium to full, chewy body, although older examples may be lower in body due to continued attenuation during conditioning. Alcohol warmth is often evident and always welcome. Low to moderate carbonation, depending on age and conditioning.

Overall Impression

An ale of significant alcoholic strength, bigger than strong bitters and brown porters, though usually not as strong or rich as barleywine. Usually tilted toward a sweeter, maltier balance. "It should be a warming beer of the type that is best drunk in half pints by a warm fire on a cold winter's night." - Michael Jackson

History

A traditional English ale style, mashed at higher temperatures than strong ales to reduce attenuation, then aged at the brewery after primary fermentation (similar to the process used for historical porters). Often had age-related character (lactic, Brett, oxidation, leather) associated with "stale" beers. Used as stock ales for blending or enjoyed at full strength (stale or stock refers to beers that were aged or stored for a significant period of time). Winter warmers are a more modern style that are maltier, fuller-bodied, often darker beers that may be a brewery's winter seasonal special offering.

Comments

Strength and character varies widely. Fits in the style space between normal gravity beers (strong bitters, brown porters) and barleywines. Can include winter warmers, strong dark milds, strong (and perhaps darker) bitters, blended strong beers (stock ale blended with a mild or bitter), and lower gravity versions of English barleywines.

ABV 6-9% SRM 10-22