Thursday, September 15, 2011

Imperial Red IPA ~ Blue Hills Brewery

Appearance: slight haze of oranges and reds and coppers. Off white head leaves lovely lace bordering a puddle of foam in the middle. Swirls foamy and blotchy.

Nose: intriguing. Cinnamon swirls, crunchy caramelized brown sugars. Melba toast. Flower petals, tree pulp. Washington apples. Rye bread sticks.

Palate: bushels of fresh Washington apples. Lemon and white grapefruit citrus pith. Floral notes of generic white flowers and dandelions. Straw, hay, and coconut husk in the back. Dry in the middle. Apple along the sides dipped in melted caramelized brown sugar – surprisingly no sticky lips. Essence of Fall – changing of the leaves, crispness in the air, twigs, orchards.

Final Thoughts: not at all what I was expecting in lots of tastefully good ways. More of a red ale than an IPA to me but nonetheless, I’d both buy and drink again. After all, there is no crap on tap in Massachusetts. 


(an original written work by Kristyn Lier. plagiarism is not tolerated)

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