Eye Of The Beholder
Foundation Brewing Company

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New England IPA
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4.2 | pDev: 0%
Foundation Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Notes: Eye Of The Beholder is a collaboration with DSSOLVR out of Asheville, NC. An India Pale Ale with notes of orange, melon, teddy grahams, and pine.

Wonder and awe come from everywhere, the source of all science and art. You just have to open your eye and seek it.

Grist (Maine Farms): Pale, Pilsner, Oats, and Barley

Hops: Calypso, Cascade, Chinook
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4.4/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, super hazy, tarnished brass hue, with nearly two fingers of creamy ivory head that takes a long time to recede, leaving significant lacing behind.

Nose: An assault of citrus leads the way out of the glass, bombarding the nose with pungent aromas of grapefruit, orange, and lemon. There's a pronouced hop spiciness that pairs very well with the toasted grain aroma. There's a deep dankness underneath the citrus, with fresh green grassy notes coming in and out. The Cascade hops are very identifiable in the mix, with that classic sticky, resinous pine sap aroma. The Cascade and Chinook are giving this some really nice West Coast spirit on the nose. Grapefruit, pine, dank musty grass, and perhaps a small touch of lavendar.

Palate: At first sip, juicy orange beats everything else to the palate. Following closely behind, is graoefruit pulp, lemon, sweet key lime, strong sticky pine, a touch of mango, papaya, and pineapple, with a green, grassy herbaceous note, some dank musty edges, and a thin draping of meadow flowers. The malt base is lightly toasty, and has a very classic flavour profile, while staying modernly round, light to moderately sweet, and full. Approaching the finish, the grapefruit notes ramp up, and become increasingly pithy, while the pine notes becone less floral, more resinous, and bitter. The citrus fades, leaving the freah cut grassy notes, pith, and resinous pine to become dry, oily, and increasingly bitter, until it all plateaus and slowly disappears after a long lingering finish. There's some blatant evidence of generous boil hopping, in addition to the late dry hopping, and this beer toes the line between modern New England style and classic West Coast.

Mouthfeel/Body: The beer is on the absolute fullest side of medium bodied, while retaining lots of fluffy softness from the oat. There is a detectable, but not shocking amount of clingy resinous hop oils. Opposite the round softness of the beer, there's an inherent crispness about it, and it remains exceptionally drinkable, in part thanks to a lively, prickly effervescence. Both full and bold, and crisp and refreshing.

Overall: There is a trend that hasn't really begun to explode, but it's one I wish would. That is, the trend of "hybrid" IPAs, or IPAs that don't bind themselves strictly to modern New England style, or super classic. Not full on juice bombs, but a juicy hazy platform, with lots of classic IPA influence. Dinner does this very well. Epiphany also. There are a few examples of this, but it's not something breweries are going out of their way to do. I personally find these unbound IPAs to be some of the modt enjoyable. This is a prime example of one of these beers that cares not about left or right coast stylistic adherence. This is honestly just as good as Dinner, which has become well renowned across the US. Leave it to Foundation to craft a beer that can challenge the top players. This is well worth seeking out, especially those who are starting to become bored and burned out from hoppy beers that seem to all be striving for the same thing. This is a mold breaker, and I hope it makes it into the regular Foundation lineup.

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Eye Of The Beholder from Foundation Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.2 out of 5 with 2 ratings