Far From India: India Pale Ales in the 21st Century. Lost Rhino with Tuppers’: Mother Tupper’s Back of the Cupboard Imperial Rye Pale Ale
Date: March 31, 2019
The Story— When you have a name like “Tupper” (go ahead, look it up) you had better get used to people smirking at you. We were hesitant to name a beer “Mother Tupper’s” for all kinds of reasons, but when we mentioned the idea to my mom, she practically fell out of her chair laughing and begged us to do it.
Our friends at Lost Rhino were kind enough to collaborate on a couple of batches of beer in 2014. One was a precursor to the Mother Tupper’s brewed to commemorate out 25,000th beer tasting write up. We used it to get an idea of how the spice of the rye would interact with the Mount Hood hops that has become a signature feature of Tupper collaborations. We called the “Tuppers’ 25K” a rye pale ale, but it really was a rye IPA and it turned out really well.
So to celebrate my mom– the true “Mother Tupper” turning 94 we turned up the dial on everything that made the 25K special and designed a beer with 9.4% ABV and 94 IBUs. It was exceptional out of the box (and exceptionally expensive to make), and it’s lasted well when cellared properly.
It’s a “Double IPA” or an “Imperial IPA” with rye– put the “rye” wherever you like. We chose the owrd order because it scanned. Why the “Back of the Cupboard?” Because “Mother Tupper” sounds like the cupboard owner in the nursery rhyme. What did you think “Mother Tupper” referred to?
The Beer— Well balanced array of gentle fruits. clean malt and resiny and oily hops. Mount Hood spice, Amarillo orange zest. Very smooth.
Value — Very good, at least. No bias at all.
Values: “fair” is a good beer at an above market price, “good” is worth the money, “very good” is a bargain, and “excellent” is a steal.