Thursday, August 8, 2013

Ironfire Nühell IPL

type: IPL (India Pale Lager)
origin: Temecula, CA
price: $6.5/22
ABV: 6%
NSP: 6

OH YES, another IPL!   Double 'Oh yes' because it's unbelievably good.  Triple 'Oh yes' because it's my birthday and I'm having a beer as you read this.

The first thing you notice is the incredible, complex aromas wafting into your sniff hole.  They make you salivate like Pavlov's dog (actually, they remind me of Duet's aromas).  The graininess of the beer is not in the fore, as it should not be, and then fades fairly rapidly; but, the hoppiness lingers for just enough time to get to your next sip.  All that means the beer is waaaay too easy to drink. (Read that as, waaaay too easy to to get blasted.)

We now have a record of the bookends of quality IPL.  A boring IPL tastes like this, and a great IPL tastes like Nühell.  The formula is simple, but probably difficult to pull off: Take a Helles lager and make it as wonderfully hoppy as you can--as hoppy as most anything you'll get from Alpine, Green Flash, etc.  It's simple, it's wonderful, and it'll save you from that blazing Temecula heat.  This is definitely a contender for best IPL, although the category seems to be just catching on (And I told you so!).  We need to add Ironfire to the seemingly endless list of skilled hopsmiths.  This job is too damn hard, so I'll probably just pull a Samer and not do it.

Ivan Pavlov is not impressed with my reaction to hoppy goodness; he expected that to happen.