Homegrown Hairy John IPA - Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks
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4.15/5 rDev +5.1%
A growler filled on 27-Nov-10.
A: The IPA is a cuprous brown color, translucent despite its darker hue. A finger and a half of eggshell white head threatened to overflow and left thick lace around the mouth of the glass.
S: The nose is the combination of fresh oily hops (thanks to their fresh hop mechanism) and rich citrus. Along with the citrus, piney resins linger throughout. The aroma isn't as fresh as the pint that I had yesterday but it is still powerful.
T: The fresh hops are oily, a full flavor that coats the tastebuds with a sweet bitterness. Citrus and pine both take their time coming to the surface. When they do, their soft bitterness is refreshingly sweet. Lingering under the fresh hops are the Hairy John hops, full and strong. Their bitterness is nicely masked but you can still take them. Of the two flavors, the fresh aspect, which includes Challenger hops, is by far the best. There is just enough caramel to keep things from getting out of hand. A delicious IPA.
M: The oiliness, so fresh and bitter, really makes the ale work. The layers of hop bitterness bloom nicely. A really strong IPA.
D: At 9% the IPA is a little strong but the depth of flavor makes up for any concerns. I've been nursing the growler and really like how the ale blossoms. Beers like this make me look forward to stopping in Millheim.
11-28-2010 20:29:37 | More by akorsak
Homegrown Hairy John IPA from Elk Creek Cafe & Aleworks
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