American Whiskey - Blended

Charbay R5 Hop Flavored Aged Whiskey

From: California, United States Liquor Review Category: Blended American Whiskey

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Wine Enthusiast

  • 2012
  • 2014
  • 2015

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Charbay Hop Flavored whiskey is based upon the Racer IPA from Bear Republic. The IPA is "heavily hopped" with Chinook, Cascade, Columbus, and Centenniel hops. The beer is distilled and bottled by Charbay in two versions, this being the aged version spending 22 months in French oak to acquire a golden color. It is bottled at very high proof, presumably without dilution to provide the greatest possible ale characteristics.

The 2015 Wine Enthusiast review was for Release IV (a pilsner beer and aged for 13 years).

The 2012 Wine Enthusiast review called it a "riotous" option in the moonshine market with "bright flavors" and "a surprising effervescence."

Domaine Charbay Distillers was founded in 1983 long before craft-distilling was popular. It's owned and managed by a family partnership of Miles, Susan, Marko and Jenni Karakasevic. Miles Karakasevic considers himself the 13th generation distiller in a line of European distillers. We're told that the distilling duties have been taken over by son Marko Karakasevic, who has become a master distiller in his own right.

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