Monday, September 23, 2013

Brendan's SIP: Airways Sky Hag IPA

Type: IPA
Origin: Kent, Washington
Price: $5.99 per 22 oz
ABV: 7.8%
NSP: 8.46

Just south of the Seatac airport in Kent lies the Airways Brewing Company, which I had not heard of until moving here. Even though they are nearby, you don't see much of their beer around town except for this one (which how could you forget a face like that). At first you think its a gimmick and this must be bad, but the more you ponder it and taste it, you realize what a brilliant idea it is. Airways made it look like a gimmick so those in the know can have all they want. Also, she looks like a bitter old hag, which does explain the hop character (well, minus the old part, but old people's houses generally smell a bit piney). You have to love the website description too: "She hates you and her job. But, she gets to go to Paris twice a month. This beer’s as bitter as she is. An abundance of Northwest “C” Hops give this beer its bite.". Completely non-pretentious = my type of brewery.

I will just cut to the chase: this is the best IPA have had in this city, and might even rival Boneyard's RPM for best in the NW. Seriously. This would also sell well in San Diego, and dare I say it, rivals Alpine's Duet. Duet has a bit more complexity on the hops whereas this is mostly piney with a bit of citrus. Still, I'm pretty damn pleased I found this and will tide me over between Alpine and Boneyard runs. I'm already planning a trip down to see them.

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