Cogway IPAJanuary 1, 2014
603 Brewery Campton, NH Cogway IPA is brewed with Vienna and a blend of crystal malts for color, body and flavor. These malts are combined with multiple hop styles during the boil and then dry-hopped. ABV: 6.6 ABW: 5.3 COLOR: 14.5 BITTERNESS: 50 ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1060 AVAILABLE: NH
Where there should be citrus or pine, there is a rounded red fruitiness that comes with the first mouthful along with some sugar. The hop smack arrives quickly after, but this is a juicy beer, with a healthy amount of subtle complexities, a welcome entry into a world where IPAs do their best to bash hops over your head. The grain bill has some fresh cereal undertones, making this an easy sipper. A little variety in the category, and it suits me just fine.
- John Holl
One of the effects of the recent IPA explosion is that it takes a lot for an IPA to get noticed these days. This dark copper ale with its berry-ish, sweet floral aroma comes close, especially given the robustly fruity body, holding all manner of ruby red grapefruit, lemon drop and tropical fruit notes. But where it falls short is in the oddly disjointed finish, with a bitterness that arrives sharp and a bit chalky after all the sweet malt of the body. Perhaps a nice Thai red curry would smooth out the rough bits.
- Stephen Beaumont
John is the editor of All About Beer Magazine, the host of The Beer Briefing on iHeart Radio, and the author of three books, including The American Craft Beer Cookbook. Find him on Twitter @John_Holl.
Co-author of both The World Atlas of Beer and The Pocket Beer Guide (with Tim Webb), Stephen travels the world sampling beer, hosting dinners and tastings, and eating too much airport food.