This beer is their "A IPA" which stands for American IPA and it's their Spring special release. It comes in at 7.2% abv and 65 IBU, so it's approaching the line between an IPA and an Imperial IPA, which is generally considered to be 7.5%. In keeping with the "American" name the beer uses three American hops, Amarillo, Simcoe, and Centennial in both the boil and in dry-hopping. Simcoe is one of my favorite hops to brew with, so that already has me excited!
Reviewers: Eric Ducote (BR Beer Scene), Jay Ducote (Bite And Booze), James Lawson (Whiskeybomb.com), and Charles (BigMouthPodcast.com).
Serving: 12 oz. brown bottle.
Appearance: Deep gold, white head, a bit hazy.
Aroma: Nice hop aroma, citrus and a little pine. Charles thought it has a very pleasing citrus aroma, and Jay picked up some grapefruit.
Taste: Jay described it as "fruity and balanced" and I think it really had a great hop profile without getting overpowering.
Mouthfeel: Slightly bitter aftertaste... but it is an IPA after all.
Overall: We all enjoyed this example of the American IPA style, with Jay even proclaiming that he could drink a keg. Keep him away from backwards bead-toss bets! In my opinion this is one of the better examples of an American IPA out there, and if I'm ever in St. Louis and I see it on tap, I know what my first order will be.
Overall Rating: 75
My Rating: 76
My Rating: 76