This New York brewed beer, ladies and gentlemen, is quintessentially American.
And it’s all about the malting.
What links my favourite US IPA’s?
It’s not the hops, it’s the sweet barley sugar that crops up in everything from a Sierra Nevada Pale to a Rogue IPA, a Victory Hop Devil to a Left Hand Nitro Stout (because yes, it’s even in American Stouts).
In a blindfold test with only a sniff you would immediately say that this beer is American.
And that’s not a bad thing, but it is definitely a thing.
The hopping here is dry and pithy, with lemon sherbet and lime zest, some melon softness and a little fruity mango set off by newly torn garden herbs.
But for me it’s that essence of Americana from the malts that makes me dig this beer down to the ground.