Squid Rising, despite the odd choice of name is a glorious example of a New England IPA that tantalises your tastebuds and will satisfy the pickiest drinker
The Good: So I am going out on a bit of a tangent before I even start the actual review in the sense that it is one of the coolest looking pieces of can art I have come across in a long time. For someone who most definitely judges a book by its cover I instinctively picked this one up at the local brewing shop and was delighted to read that this is an IPA (to be precise it is a New England IPA, which if you wanted to get an idea of what this is, just think more flavour and less bitterness). Another plus is that this is a limited release by Mornington Peninsula Brewery, which by reputation has a very good clean combination of flavour and bitterness, upon which is immediately evident after cracking the can, it emits a freshness that smells like fresh hops that it is almost floral in scent and much stronger than the other beers that I have come across in recent times. The taste... Well... It is strong, definitely a very hoppy beer, however it has a smoothness to it that is almost creamy that lingers just long enough for you to really get a sense of all of the flavours dancing across your tastebuds.
The Bad: This is definitely an acquired taste, I was not expecting the strength to be so powerful. The first sip can knock you back into your chair as it is a very sharp (almost overpowering) flavour hit. However after the second and third you almost settle into it. That being said the New England IPA do not offer the same bitterness that an IPA would usually do, however that is not a bad thing, but just don't get this if you are in the mood to really get your bitterness fix.
Enjoyment: I gotta say it has been a while since I have had a New England IPA and you forget that it is the sort of beer that is more about savouring every drop as you can REALLY taste the different flavours (and whilst I would love to say I know what hops are in this, I can't, but whatever combination it is, it is glorious). Because it removes the sharpness and bitterness from a typical IPA, it would be perfectly paired with fresh fish and chip shop food. Like drinking this beer, combined with the name of the beer, all I can envision is sitting at the beach with a bunch of mates, the fish and chips rolled out between us and that glorious salty taste you get from the chips that a good fish and chip shop is renowned for. With a salty mist spray from the ocean washing across you there is no other beer I can picture, it has to be Squid Rising.