I’m a bit of a Motorhead fan. Not as big as Belmont Station‘s Carl Singmaster, who once told me he tries to see them at least once a year, but I’m a fan. And my favorite song/album has to be the one that inspired this beer … “Ace of Spades.” It’s the album I listen to when I need to get something done, when I need to tune out everything but the task at hand. I turn it up loud, and I just …. go.
If I were going to make a beer that encapsulated that feeling, I have to say it wouldn’t be this one. Lead singer Lemmy is a bit of a … dark figure, shall we say, well-known for his extreme lifestyle and abrasive, take no prisoners approach to life. If I were making a Lemmy tribute beer, it’d be a obscenely dark, burnt-tasting stout aged in heavily charred, fresh bourbon barrels, then aged again in gin barrels. I’d add some espresso somewhere along the way, and probably try my best to further punch up that smoky quality by including some smoked malt in the brew kettle. Hops? The bitterest I could find, and nevermind the aromatics.
This beer is softer. Balanced. Graceful. I’ve heard it described as “hiding its alcohol well.” I tasted it right off, but the heat was well-integrated, and the hops were a nice mix of sweet aroma and just a kiss of bitterness. It would probably age well, given its high alcohol content. Which is to say, it’s almost totally un-Motorhead-like. Instead, this is the “Lionel Richie” of beers. Silky and smooth. I’d call it “All Night Long IPA,” if it were my choice, and rather than hidden skulls on the inside of the label (see photo), the bottle would be covered in rose petals and silk sheets. Delicious silk sheets.
Beer Name: Ace of Spades IPA
Brewer: Hopworks Brewing
Price: FREE (provided by brewery)
Sampled: April 14, 2010
Notes: Uhh, Bruce was crazy. Boozy/delicious, but boozy. Huge hop aroma and green-tinged head. Great example of how hoppy don’t have to mean bitter. Long live Lemmy!
ABV: 9.5% abv
IBU: 100+ ibu
Serving Type: Bottle.