This is a retake on the original beer from Real Ale Brewing. I never tasted that original beer and I am not the biggest IPA fan. That being said I like this, it is not something I would drink everyday but with a good hearty meal this would be a fine choice. I think I will enjoy this beer more in the colder months as it is a little bitter to be “refreshing” on a hot summer day.
This IPA Pours a nice caramel with slight unfiltered cloudiness and two fingers of creamy tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves significant lacing. The cloudiness come from the brewers desire to do less to the beer. Real Ale does not filter or pasteurize any of it beers. By doing less they hope to develop a more complex aroma and taste.
Smells of caramel and has a nice hop oil citrus whiff though it is a bit subdued for an IPA. Also some nice butterscotch and roasted grain.
Flavors of caramel and some spice from the rye hit first but there is also some piney hops underneath helping to boost the rye. A little bit bitter which is fine, but there is also a strange whang of aromatic spice that I can’t quite put my finger on. The mouthfeel has a good bite and finishes with a little bit of astringency on the tongue but it is a little bit heavy overall.
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