Fountain Square (Indy) news: Deano’s Vinos is now Naptown Juice Restaurant & Wine Bar.
As you might surmise from the odd name of this beer, it is hopped with Amarillo and Warrior hops. It turns out that this is an Imperial IPA with a whopping 9% abv. The surprising thing was that the alcohol was very muted and unnoticeable. But, the hop aroma was incredible and pronounced without being grassy.
These hops give the beer a strong American hop character that was less citrusy and softer than the typical Cascade hopping result. I really enjoyed the hop favor and aroma. If you've sampled Boulevard Pale Ale from Kansas City, you'll recognize the Warrior character.
The bittering was reported to be 90 IBU. But since the iso-alpha solubility limit in wort is about 80 ppm (IBU), this big beer ends up fairly balanced. In many respects, this beer is similar to Bell's Two-Hearted Ale in that it is big, hoppy, but with relatively balanced bittering for an IPA. Two-Hearted is much more a Cascade focused beer though.
The malt character of the Princess was appropriately nearly one-dimensional. I find that highly hopped PA's and IPA's do better when their malt character is not too multi-dimensional since that competes and interferes with the hop perceptions.
The body was not too heavy even though it is a big beer. Its big enough to please, but not big enough to indicate the wollop that this beer packs. This beer is a real sleeper in that you won't recognize the danger you're in while you're drinking it. Additionally, the flavor is going to invite you to have another. That's where the danger lies and the flight into inebriation could await those who don't heed the very faint warnings of this outstanding beer.
You'll need to make a point to visit a bar with this on tap!
Mr. Centlivre, proprietor of the French brewery, while he has a good business and is generally prosperous, feels that Fort Wayne people, especially all the business men, should be more liberal in their patronage, and especially more generous in their comments of a home industry which brings so much money to the town.
Mr. Centlivre pays, on an average, twelve hundred dollars per month to the government in the shape of taxes, and employs a large number of men, who must necessarily spend their money here. Mr. Centlivre makes a quality of beer equal to any of the brands imported from outside cities, and it would be a credit to the city for the people to call for it in preference to any other, in order to give encouragement to a worthy home enterprise. Mr. Centliver has been in business here for many years and has proven himself to be a good and very enterprising citizen.
We are not urging the consumption of beer, but so long as people will drink it they should use the article, which is made at home.
Fort Wayne Daily Gazette - August 10,1881.