Rip out this little snorter and give it a crack for yourself.
The Good: Pours nice deep golden, almost amber hue, with a nice head. Plenty of malt sweetness in this brew, and a subtle bitterness to pull it all together. I could see myself cracking one of these with the guys after band practice.
The Bad: I wouldn’t really class this as an IPA myself. It’s got the malt back bone and the bitterness for balance, but the thing is, without the big ABV of a standard IPA, you don’t need too much bitterness. Also, I could have gone a bit more hop aroma given the bottle states it’s inspired by US session IPAs.
Enjoyment: Perfectly serviceable as a BBQ beer or general crowd pleaser. For mine though, it just doesn’t “feel” like an IPA, it’s really taking me more towards an amber ale: Malt sweetness, darker hue, not a huge hop nose in my opinion. Not a bad beer by any stretch, but not what I’m looking for in an IPA.
However, I did then try it with some spicy noodles, and this did really match up nicely. The sweetness of the malt cut straight through, and the hops I longed for did pop that little bit more.
Overall, I’d be willing to go again.
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