Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Six Hop India Pale Ale

My apologies for the lack of posting in the past week. In any case, thanks to Nathan McDowell for bringing a four pack of this to me at the brewery last week. I traded him a container of yeast for his up and coming homebrew in the kettle I sold him. Reviewed Tuesday evening after having dinner at the Freight House Farmers Market newest cafe! I was really interested in the new label this beer is now advertised under.
Whole Hog Edition
8.5% ABV

Appearance: A bright copper color. Pristine clear with a prominent accumulation of bubbles on the side of the glass. The head is initially fluffy, but minutes later it seems to fall into itself with a watery consistency. Lacing is wet.
Aroma: Fruity and mildly tart, reminiscent of peaches and apricots, along with other fruit based esters. Pine is another characteristic I find through the many layers of hop elements. I do get some green apple, but this could be a personal flavor. Even some CO2 is present in the scent.
Taste: Starts a bit hot from the get go. I understand and receive the faint sweet flavors from the malt bill, but it is all very well masked below a large hop and alcohol flavor. Pine and tropical flavors rush over the palate with the ever remaining alcohol flavor. Somewhat grassy on the second half alongside an herbalness. Intermixed within all the commotion this beer has to offer, juniper, pineapple pith, orange zest and peel. The finish and aftertaste is leafy
Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied and bubbly. A carbonated bite is introduced, prior to most of the complexity in flavor. I find an oily texture to this beer behind the carbonation. The finish is resinous and dry.
Overall Impression: Refreshing, but definitely boasting an alcohol that is balanced with the hops. Off balanced? Maybe, the malt takes a back-burning profile here with little residual sweetness except for what works off the hop complexities. Drying finish and alcoholic. A sipping IPA.

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