Monday, December 9, 2013

Tasmanian IPA

Our Tasmanian IPA is brewed with 100% Australian hops. The Tasmanian hop, Galaxy, is a strong, aromatic variety that is different from traditional strains of the Pacific Northwest. Our brewers developed a recipe that showcases the hop’s unique flavors of citrus and pineapple. 

Apparently I've really fallen in love with Australian hops, because I love this IPA. It was a seasonal drop, but Central IN only got 2 of the 3 drops that were scheduled. The first drop was great, but I got my second six pack just a week after the bottled on date and it was even better fresh. TIPA is 7.2% abv and a deliciously simple 60 IBUs.

It pours out a wonderfully yellow-gold color with a nice white fluffy head on top. The head sticks around for a while and leaves great lacing as you drink. The beer smells like mango, pineapple and light citrus fruits.

The tropical aroma is matched well by the flavor. You get a lot of what you smelled right upfront. Big sweet pineapple fruits and a ton of grapefruit and lemon peel. This is a freaking citrus bomb in all the right ways. I think Galaxy hops are just amazing when done right. Malt base is mild and supports the hops nicely without stepping over the flavor of the hops. It has a great clean bitter finish. The carbonation was solid and did a nice job to continuously bring out the aroma. It compliments the flavor so well, that I recommend making sure you use an IPA glass. It really does add to the experience.

Second drop just hit in November. Grab it if you can.

I give it a 4.5

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