Thursday, January 16, 2014

Belgian IPA

When I saw that Two Roads was releasing a new brewery-only beer this week, I made sure that I would be there the day it hit the taps.

The beer is a Belgian IPA (7% ABV) - is brewed with Belgian and American malts and fermented with a distinctive Belgian Ale yeast that adds a spicy element to the blend. The result is a flavor reminiscent of both the old and the new world.

It pours a haze amber with a big, fluffy pile of dense foam that clings to the glass like nobody's business and leaves behind amazing lacing.

The aroma smells of wheat, fruit, and Belgian yeast funk. It also has a distinct Two Roads beer smell.

This is an interesting brew. It's a little sweet and a little bitter. Plenty of hoppy goodness to appease the IPA lover but the hops are not overwhelming.  There is wheat and sweet malts to balance out the bitterness. All this is complimented by fruity, spicy funkiness so commonly associated with Belgian ale yeasts. The finish is dry and bitter.

The mouthfeel is medium with nice carbonation. It is smooth and somewhat creamy.

This really is a tasty brew an my current Two Roads favorite! I like it. I like it a lot. If you're a fan of Belgian style beers and IPAs then you will like it, too.

Overall: very good

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