I’m watching the GRAMMY awards, getting ready to turn on the Walking Dead mid-season premier. I’m continuing to clean the fridge out of IPAs, although I know this one is fairly fresh. It was sent to me a couple weeks ago by my friend @bettywriter. It also says it was bottled Nov. 12, 2016.
Location: Poured into a tall pint glass at my home in Bloomington, IL
Numbers: 7% ABV, 85 IBUs, 16 degrees Plato OG, 206 Calories, 14G Carbs, 2.7G Protein
Ingredients: Malts: 2-row Pale, wheat, caramel; Hops: Alchemy, Simcoe, Chinook, Willamette, Brewer’s Gold, Nelson Sauvin
Appearance & Aroma: It’s dark golden in color and pretty hazy. It had a huge, fluffy white head, which fell to a thin soapy layer over the top, and left nice lacing. It has a piney, spicy, and earthy hop aroma.
Taste & Feel: The body is medium and the mouthfeel is a bit crisp and slightly oily from the hops. The hops are a bit citrusy and piney up front. In the middle, it’s a bit sweeter and juicier, and the bitterness steps up in the finish. The finish has more spicy-piney hop bitterness, which edges out the hop flavor. The bitterness lasts for a few minutes in the aftertaste.
Food Pairing: This is a pretty hoppy and bitter beer, and I think I’d pair it with buffalo wings to cut through the spiciness of the wings a bit.
Overall Impression: This beer is all about the hops, from start to finish. The hop flavors up front are good, and I enjoyed the mix of flavors, but wished the flavors would have edged out the bitterness – instead of the other way around. It was still a pretty good IPA, and I appreciate that @bettywriter sent it to me.