Tonight I’m at Fat Jack’s in downtown Bloomington for a steering meeting for our homebrew club, the ABNormal Brewers. They’ve got $2 half pints, so it’s a good chance to try some different and interesting beers and get some work done on behalf of the club.
The Anderson Valley IPA was clear and yellow with a very thin head on it. There was an obvious earthy hop aroma to it with some hints of a bready smell which i think is somewhat characteristic of the Anderson Valley house yeast strain.
It had a light body and was crisp and refreshing to drink. The hops were present throughout, starting a bit floral and finishing off with a big piney hop bitterness. Despite all the hop flavor, there was a bit of that bready character from their yeast noticeable as well.
I’m sure this beer would go with almost any pub fare, as it was light and refreshing with a good hop flavor. The food that comes to my mind with this beer would be a BLT, as I think both light and crisp flavors would go well together.
Overall, I thought this was a pretty good beer – very drinkable with a nice hop flavor. I have grown to like the bready character that comes from their yeast strain, which seems to be consistent from all of their beers (although I think I like the bready flavor contribution from New Belgium’s house yeast strain better). If I got the chance to have another one of these, I’d certainly drink this one again.