Brewery: Redemption Rock Brewing Company

War Castle

As far as War Castles go, Worcester could be defensible along Lake Quinsigamond. So there's that.

Type of Beer: New England IPA

ABV: 6.8%

War Castle, a New England IPA brewed by Redemption Rock Brewing Company
Solid can artwork!

From Ancestry.com, "English: habitational name from the city of Worcester, named from Old English ceaster ‘Roman fort or walled city’ (Latin castra ‘legionary camp’) + a British tribal name of uncertain origin."

So, War Castle it is. A good mix of hoppiness, tropical aroma, citrus, and bitterness. Maybe a touch of grapefruit. Though it was an after dinner relaxation beer, War Castle would be a great grill mate, especially when cooking up beer brats. A 6.8% abv and the right fruit to hop ratio would keep you attentive, yet light-hearted whilst grilling up some steak tips.

The cat and dog coat of arms on the beer can is fantastic. Strong work, Danielle Brooks. Gotta wonder if Redemption Rock has a brewery puppers trotting around the taproom and this can is in tribute ...

Redemption Rock Brewing's Beer Description

Hazy and juicy with a huge aroma and nice, soft finish. War Castle is brewed with a bouquet of American hops, including Columbus, Centennial, Chinook, Cascade, and dry-hopped with Citra.

War Castle takes it name from the original city of Worcester in the UK, which came from the phrase "war-castle."

Redemption Rock Brewing's Beer Description (on can)

Hazy • Citrus • Pine

This is Redemption Rock Brewing. This is beer for people.

We're built on the idea that life should be about celebrating great beer and good times with friends, and doing it all with a strong sense of camaraderie and community.

Enjoy this beer with a good friend, or several, and remember to put the good feelings it gives you back into the world.

Hops & Malts used in the War Castle brewing recipe

The 5 C's of brewing!

  • Cascade
  • Centennial
  • Chinook
  • Citra
  • Columbus

Final thoughts on War Castle

War Castle had the right balance of attributes for a NEIPA. The Redemption Rock brewery is on our must visit list for our next self-guided Worcester Brew Tour, so perhaps we will enjoy the War Castle freshly poured. Redemption Rock and Bay State Brewing need to be checked off the list.