The lights go down, the sounds amplify, the crowd goes nuts and the players enter the ice as the spotlight shines on the team’s coyote logo. The words “Red Moon Rising” flash on the scoreboard. With a room full of energy, “red” is the key component here.
Much like their football counterparts, the Arizona Coyotes are recognized by their distinctive red color. So when the idea of having their own beer at Gila River Arena came up, it seemed only fitting that it have a red hue.
Yotes Pale Ale, however, is no ordinary red beer. Its crimson shade of red is not only eye catching, it is conversation starting. The beer features a lasting head made of very small microsized bubbles producing a pinkish hue. From a visual perspective, it’s the Arizona Coyotes uniforms in a glass.
Produced by local brewery SanTan Brewing Company, of Chandler, Yotes gets its distinctive red color through the addition of organic hibiscus tea leaves after fermentation is complete. The tea leaves are soaked in the fermented beer for 36 to 48 hours to provide the floral and fruity hibiscus aroma and flavor as well as the bright color.
For the beer geeks, Yotes Pale Ale checks in around 5.0% alcohol by volume and has a bitterness rating of 40 IBU. SanTan’s website says the beer is made with 2-row, Munich, Vienna and wheat malts, while utilizing a blend of Cascade, Nelson Sauvin and Citra hop varieties.
These traditional ingredients take a definite back seat to the hibiscus tea, an herbal tea made from crimson colored calyces of the roselle flower. It carries a tart, cranberry-like flavor.
“Tart” and “cranberry” are good descriptors of the lead flavor and aroma of the beer. This is unlike any other pale ale.
“We are confident that Coyotes beer lovers will enjoy this new beverage and we hope that they will celebrate many Coyotes wins this season with Yotes Pale Ale,” says Coyotes President and CEO Anthony LeBlanc.
For more information about the Arizona Coyotes, call 480.563.PUCK or visit arizonacoyotes.com.