Friday, November 16, 2012

Breckenridge Lucky U IPA

Type: IPA
Origin: Denver, CO
Price: $1.25/12 oz
ABV: 6.2%
NSP: 17.61

Next one from the Breck sampler pack.  The bottle says 'Drink Up Fortuitous One'.  That plus the name...well, don't we have quite the opinion of ourselves.

As with any IPA of this color, alarm bells are ringing, Willy.  No oily-looking head.  It doesn't smell terribly hoppy, and uh oh, there's some mustiness in there.  Not a great start.

I guess I'm surprised by the flavor, if only because it's better than what the color and smell led me to expect.  It doesn't taste musty, which is good.  The malt isn't too heavy, and it's not overly sweet either, which is better.  The hops are actually in pretty good balance with the malt, which is best.  It's not very complex, but then, neither is Top Gun, and who doesn't stop and watch Top Gun for a while whenever it's on?

The beer definitely benefits from low first-impression expectations, but at the same time, such a statement trivializes its good features- namely the nice balance.  It's not my favorite IPA of all time, but it's not the worst either.  And for $1.25, I can't complain about that.

You don't look like your average horti-fucking-culturalist.

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