It’s Thursday night and the weekend is almost here. I caught up a lot at work today and I have a fraternity brother, Kevin, stopping through tomorrow with a shipment of great beers. When I looked in the beer fridge tonight, I realized I had better make some room for the stuff that he’s bringing. Therefore, I decided to grab this IPA I picked up on our summer vacation to Washington DC. The can says, “In 1824, speaker of the house Henry Clay forged a coalition that secured the White House for John Quincy Adams. In return, Adams named Clay his Secretary of State in what became known as ‘The Corrupt Bargain'”
Location: Poured into a TEKU glass from the can at my home in Bloomington, IL.
Numbers: 6.5% ABV, 80 IBUs, ~200 Calories
Ingredients: Malts: Pale 2 row, C-10, Honey and Victory; Hops: Columbus
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark orange-amber colored with a ton of carbonation in it, giving it a huge fluffy and soapy textured off-white head, which left a lot of lacing. It’s pretty hazy, with a little bit of sediment at the bottom of the can (and glass). Its got a strong piney and citrusy hop aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is crisp from the carbonation in it, with a little bit of oiliness from the hops. The flavor up front is sweet and citrusy with a little bit of orange-grapefruit flavor. In the middle, the hop bitterness kicks in with some grassy-resinous and citrusy bitterness. In the finish, the hop flavors really grow with a lot of grassy-resinous and citrusy flavors, with a bed of both sweetness and bitterness underneath. The hop bitterness sticks around for a while in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This is a pretty bold and hoppy beer, so it needs a food that’s quite solid to stand up to it. I’d definitely pair this with a thick, juicy burger. I think the hop flavors might also be an interesting contrast with some spicy hot wings.
Overall Impression: I like that the hops had a good mix of grassy-resinous and citrusy flavors, but they almost overtook the entire beer. The sweetness went with the citrusy hoppiness rather than helping to balance the bitterness. Although it’s an east coast brewery, it was definitely a west coast style IPA. IPA lovers will like this one, but it was a bit over the top on hops for me.