It’s been a pretty relaxing Saturday. The only thing we had to do today was go to the neighbors daughter’s birthday party. So when I got home, after I took care of a few things, I decided to sit down and review a couple of beers. My buddy Kevin Marks brought this in a bunch of beers for me from Indianapolis a couple of months ago, so I’ve been trying to make my way through them. The label says, “This American IPA features citrus and tropical fruit hop aromas layered above a slight malty sweetness. Light in color and easy on the palate, and IPA that goes down smooth with a crisp happy finish.”
Location: Poured into a snifter style glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 6.7% ABV, 55 IBUs, ~210 Calories
Appearance & Aroma: It’s straw gold in color, and fairly clear. The head fell after a minute or so to a thin soapy consistency. The hop aroma is citrusy and juicy fruit-like.
Taste & Feel: The body is light and the mouthfeel is crisp. The flavor up front is sweet and citrusy with some graininess behind it. The citrusy flavor grows more intense in the middle, along with some bitterness. The bitterness really comes out in the finish with a juicyfruit flavor and bitterness that lasts for a minute or so in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This beer has a lot of strong citrusy and juicyfruit flavors and bitterness, and would probably pair well with something like a pork dish, such as a tenderloin or ham. I’d probably go with something like a Canadian bacon pizza, and the beer would contrast the flavors as if it were almost like a Hawaiian pizza.
Overall Impression: I enjoyed the hop flavors, which were quite juicy, leaving a little bit of the maltiness and graininess in the background. The balance in the finish was a bit more bitter than flavorful, but it wasn’t out of character for the style (I just prefer a good mix of hop flavor and bitterness). Overall, it was a decent IPA, and I look forward to trying to other Fountain Square beers Kevin brought me.