I took the day off work today to stay home and watch the kids. We had to go out for a little bit and get some shopping done and it turned into a bit of a debacle. My son spilled his root beer on the floor of my car, and then my daughter spilled her chocolate milk on my seat. Needless to say, when I got home I reached into the beer fridge and this was the first thing I grabbed. I believe this beer was given to me by my sister’s friend. I’m not sure how long my sister had it, but the bottle is marked 2/22/11. So, I’m not sure how much hop flavor remains.
The bottle says, “A brilliant pale ale with an aggressive hop character balanced with a smooth finish. A bold beer best consumed with a stiff upper lip.”
Location: Poured into a Snifter glass from the bottle at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6% ABV, 60 IBUs, 200 Calories
Ingredients: 2 Row Brewers Malt, Munich, Malted Wheat, Flaked Barley & Carapils; Hops: Magnum, Fuggle, Mt. Hood, Styrian Golding & Willamette
Appearance & Aroma: It’s bright yellow and crystal clear. The head fell almost immediately after pouring to just a ring around the edge of the glass. However, there seems to be a good amount of carbonation in it, and it left some very nice lacing as I drink it. There’s a light grassy and piney hop aroma with some honey-maltiness in the back.
Taste & Feel: The body is light medium and the mouth feel is fairly crisp from the carbonation and the hop bite. The crispness makes it tough to detect any flavors up front, but out of that an earthy-piney hop flavor and bitterness emerges. It finishes with an equal amount of piney-grassy hop flavor and bitterness, which lasts for a minute or so in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This beer has a good amount of piney and grassy hop flavor and bitterness, therefore, I’d probably pair it with something like a pork chop or tenderloin to complement these flavors a bit.
Overall Impression: I really enjoyed the hop flavors and bitterness in this beer. The piney and grassy flavors mixed nicely together and the balance between flavor and bitterness was great. I only wish it was a bit creamier up front – rather than crisp – so I could get a little more of the maltiness out of it. Overall, it was a very good IPA, and one I’m definitely going to try to get next time I’m out east.