(What is Brew 52? Go back and read about it here.)
This is week 1 of Brew 52, and I’ve decided to start with “More Brown Than Black IPA.” This IPA is a collaboration between Stone, Ninkasi, and The Alchemist companies. The back story is really heartwarming, and can be read here. I love knowing that behind these companies, stand men and women who have each others backs when the goin’ gets tough.
Onto the beer…
“…resiny, piney, dank and citrusy hops.” “Orange and grapefruit rind take center stage in the flavor, followed by… piney/resiny notes.” “…has a lingering bitter, drying end.”
Extremely bitter. Definitely would NOT recommend for those who are new to beer, or for those who do not enjoy bitter-tasting-things. The aroma was heavy of ammonia mixed with burnt citrus. I’m not trying to be a bitch here, but the closest thing it reminded me of, is cat pee. The flavors were… well honestly, I couldn’t taste anything around the intensely sharp bitterness. Which is probably what they meant when they said “grapefruit rind takes center stage.” It stood in the way of anything else this beer could have offered as far as flavor. The bitter taste lingers well after your sip, and is hard to get rid of. Visually, I couldn’t get past the floaty bits at the bottom of the glass either. I know they’re perfectly safe for consumption but… it looks like someone back-washed in my beer.
I love the story behind this beer, and these three companies are fantastic… this beer however, was, in one word: bitter.
For next weeks Brew 52, I’ll be reviewing Obsidian Stout from Deschutes Brewery. Stay tuned!