Back in the 1980s the Roland TR-808 drum machine was launched to mixed appreciation. This somewhat futuristic drum machine or beat box was a bit ahead of the curve as it offered up a futuristic sound of beats that would later go on to be part of the early days of rap music.
Production on the TR-808 ceased after three short years. However the effects of it were quite impressive as its beats found their way onto some legendary recordings such as Licensed to Ill by the Beastie Boys, Sexual Healing by Marvin Gaye and so many other early songs from LL Cool J, Run DMC, Public Enemy and more!
Released on August 8th to celebrate 808 Day, this new BR-808 American IPA is a hop forward IPA with tropical, citrus aromas, mikan orange peel flavors from the Citra and Amarillo hops. For the backbone of the BR-808, the brewers integrated light British pale malt and Cara pils. This results in an exciting hop forward IPA that has a bit of dryness in the mouthfeel coming in at 7% ABV.
D.J. is a Portland, Oregon based writer that spent his formative years in the Midwest. With over 25 years under his belt of drinking beer at festivals across America and the world, he has developed a strong appreciation and understanding of craft beer and the industry that surrounds it. He can be found in any of the great breweries or beer bars that make Portland the best beer city in the world. His writing can also be found in the archives of Northwest Brewing News and can be followed on Twitter and Instagram at @hopapalooza.