East India Marine Society IPA | Boston Beer Works - Canal Street

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Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
Massachusetts, United States

Style: English India Pale Ale (IPA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by stakem on 08-16-2011

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to my friend Eric for securing me this growler while he was in the Salem area for a weekend getaway. When he told me what it was, I had to do some research to make sure he wasn't pulling my leg about what it was. Some searching reveals that this brew was made for the Peabody Essex Museum's third beer tasting event, A Pint of the Past: Ancient and Historic Beer.

Poured into a standard pint glass, this brew appears a very dark nearly brown hazy color that is a bit murky. When held to the light, it displays more of a burnt copper color with lighter orange hues around the edging and more deep copper through the body. A half finger of tan head appears and fades down to a lacing across the top. A light swirl agitates some bubbles from solution but it fails to ever regain the initial head that formed. Some spotty and fingers of lacing effect stick to the glass.

The smell of this brew is peculiar but not in a bad way. It smells sweet and fruity with a light spiced touch of something reminiscent of cinnamon. The grain imparts an additional sweetness that is a mixture of caramel malt and toasty biscuits. The hop inclusion is herbal with a smell that is strikingly minty and similar to what you might expect in an ESB. I cant say that I have ever had an IPA that had spices like cinnamon included but hey there is a first for anything I guess. In some strange way, this actually works and is enjoyable but it almost seems like a pumpkin ale got accidently blended with an ESB.

The taste of this brew is fruity with a combination of alcohol esters and hops. There is quite a bit of malt inclusion tasting of toffee and toasted grain. There is a modest herbal hoppiness that keeps the sweetness in check and provides a level of herbal flavoring that tastes almost like mint and tea. A long drawn out toasted malt flavoring mixed with herbal hop quality lasts inside the mouth with a light spiced aspect almost like cinnamon. An interesting mix of flavors but enjoyable. As the brew warms up, it gets a bit oily in the feel from the hop resins and it finally starts to showcase the bitterness expected of the style along with a light touch of alcohol warmth down the back of the throat.

This is a medium bodied brew with a light level of carbonation. The alcohol is pretty much on point for 6%. It is fairly easy drinking and a unique balance of flavors. Perhaps a bit more malty sweet that I am use to for an IPA and a bit more flavorful with spices but nonetheless it was enjoyable. It is certainly worth a try if you have the chance. I wish I could find out more information about this to find out what the "ancient" aspect of this brew was to make it fit in with theme for the occasion in which it was brewed.

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East India Marine Society IPA from Boston Beer Works - Canal Street
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