Abstract is an American Black Ale. In our minds, this style focuses on combining strong hop impact with a balance of dark malt flavor. It’s less roast flavor and more hop forward than a typical stout, and less chocolate than a porter. There’s big hop notes in this beer that come across in the form of pine, spruce, and grapefruit. These are the initial impact of the beer and then dark malt flavors follow through the entire tasting experience with some chocolate, earthiness, and roast. The name Abstract is a nod to Q-Tip of A Tribe Called Quest, one of the best MC's of all time.
The big hop players leading the flavor charge are Simcoe, Centennial, Citra, and Chinook and we used midnight wheat and Sinamar extract to achieve the color with softer roast impact.