Honky Tonk Country Style NEIPA

This is the first time I have seen a New England-style IPA abbreviated into NEIPA, and I'm not sure I even like the idea. Yes, I've come around to DIPA for Double IPA, but it seems like we're abbreviating for no particularly good reason. We need to reserve this treatment for the biggies, and if WCIPA hasn't already become a thing for the West Coast variety, then NE is jumping the gun.

The orange beer has an off-white head that is patchy and leaves a good amount of lacing on the side. The aroma is lots of citrus and stone fruits with some tropical in the mix. There is a lot going on, and it's all hops. I'm not saying it's a great smell, but it's a pretty great smell.

First sip is not the bitter pill that I expected with all those hops. Instead, it's a very nice mix of honey and molasses as a bed for some pine, grapefruit, nectarines, and a solid resin. It has a LOT going on, but it seems like it is well coordinated right off the bat.

Tip-in is orange and tangerine with a smooth and sweet honey base that has the prickling of mild carbonation and pine. The middle blossoms into a resin-highlighted grapefruit, orange, nectarine, and pear delight with that honey and molasses rushing underneath. The finish is very light at first, but then it hits solidly with the fruits and the resin is really springing into action.

Bottom Line: Strong and solid - this beer is too much for some, but just about right for me.



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