As part of the Bentspoke Drifter Series, Sprocket IPA explores some tropical fruit aromas and a great hop bitterness. Another hoppy number from our nation's capitol.
The Good: This beer surprised me right off the bat, pouring a light golden colour, and with a serious bitterness that doesn't muck around. Tropical fruit jumps out initially, but this quickly moves aside for a little malt profile and some yeasty notes I didn't see coming. The lingering bitterness keeps you coming back for more, and of course this brew features Paddy's personal fave, those mighty Mosaic hops!
The Bad: For my taste, I'd maybe have wanted to shift the hop schedule around a little. The bittering is awesome, but the hop flavour and aroma is left somewhere in the background. I know plenty of people would prefer this, and I certainly do rate the boldness, just not quite to my preferred style.
Enjoyment: I enjoyed this beer, and I'd happily go again. The 7% ABV is nicely matched by that driving force of hop bittering, and I found this made it a very easy drinking beer. I do love an IPA and I like that this is quite a distinguishable beer, I reckon I could maybe even pick it out of a blind taste test (Although...Who knows!). I must say I probably prefer their crankshaft IPA if I'm being fully transparent, but this is still a high quality brew and I say give it a try if you're a bit of a hop fiend.
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