Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Just Beer Horseneck Golden IPA

Type: IPA
Origin: Westport, MA
Price: $6.97/22oz
ABV: 6.1%
NSP: 5.69

I bought this based entirely on the cool/weird label.  That practice has been shown to be a bad idea before, but whatever, I'm not one to learn from past failures.  I'd never heard of the beer or the brewery before, so I have no idea what to expect.  And just what the hell is "Golden IPA" supposed to mean?  Is that an actual style, or is it just a color scheme intended differentiate it from a "Diluted Coffee IPA"?  Oh, and what happened to the rest of the horse?  Are they trying to make someone an offer they can't refuse?

The color looks good to me as far as IPAs go.  Not one o' them malty SOBs.  But it doesn't smell like much of anything.  There's a little bit of slightly musty malt, and a little bit of slightly dirty bitterness.  Not a great start.

The bitterness is dirty indeed.  It seems like it's hopped like a super malty English-style IPA, where the hops are heavy on bitterness and light on flavor.  But it's not malty, so the flaws in the hopping are completely exposed.  The body's very California-y, light and slightly honey-ish with a touch of citrus, which I like.  But the hops are just to rough for this to be all that enjoyable.

Well, if these guys get the hops right, they'll be on to something.  The malt's more or less spot on, at least as far as my IPA tastes go.  And that's a good start.

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