789. Flat 12 Bierwerks – Half Cycle IPA

789. Flat 12 Bierwerks - Half Cycle IPAIt’s been a busy weekend with my son’s birthday. On Friday, my son and five friends stayed up until about 2 a.m., and then Satuday night we had a family party. Now that everything has calmed down, I decided to break into some of the craft beers my friend Kevin brought me from Indianapolis. I already reviewed the growlers of Triton O’Rye-n Galaxy and Nutty Professor Peanut Butter Brown Ale he brought, so I thought I’d start with the local Indianapolis IPAs he brought me.

Location: Poured into a TEKU glass at my home in Bloomington, IL.

Numbers: 6% ABV, 104.1 IBUs, ~200 Calories

Appearance & Aroma: It’s golden-yellow in color and is fairly hazy. The head fell after a couple mintes to be a thin creamy layer covering the top, with a ring of creaminess around the edge of the glass. It has a big piney aroma with some lemony citrus hops.

Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is smooth and oily from the hops. The flavor up front is bitter lemony and lightly grainy.  In the middle, there’s a huge burst of piney-citrusy bitterness, which continues through the finish. The finish is extremely bitter, with mostly resinous piney flavors. The resinous-pine hop oiliness coats the mouth and sticks around for quite a while.

Food Pairing: This is a very bitter beer with a lot of oily pineyness, so I recommend pairing it with something that can knock down the big piney bitterness quite a bit. Therefore, I’d contrast this with some hot wings, BBQ Ribs, or a pork tenderloin.

Overall Impression: There’s a ton of hop bitterness in this beer, with only a little bit of hop flavor behind it. The hop oils really coat the mouth and the slightly cloying bitterness lasts for a while in the aftertaste.  It’s just a beer that really goes over the top with bitterness. The hops are so bitter, there’s no hop flavor there to enjoy, and certainly almost no maltiness.  It’s mainly just a bitter bomb without much complexity.

My Rating: ★★☆☆☆

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Author: kkozlen

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