Flagraiser IPAMarch 1, 2012 Somerville, MA
Somerville Brewing Co.
Available: DE, MD, VA
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Slightly hazy worn-penny amber with a cap of creamy foam that’s there for the duration; an exceptionally pretty glass of beer. A big lemony-grapefruit and pine nose tells you this bunting-labeled beer is red-white-and-blue all the way through! The expected hops hit up front, whirled with a sweet-n-juicy malt mixer. The bitter rises the whole way through, fireworks of Meyer lemon and Christmas-like pine needles burst in the mouth, settling to a crackling near-astringent finish. Bracing! Try it with a classic Boston bar pizza.
- Lew Bryson
With the surging popularity of IPAs, one has to wonder whether it’s still possible to grab attention with another entry into this crowded field? This beer answers with a resounding “YES!”, but I’m not sure that’s a good thing. The calling card is hops, and lots of ‘em: piney hops and grapefruity hops and spicy hops and damn-bitter hops. What there isn’t is a lot of malt, which makes this one of the most aggressively bitter behemoths I’ve tried in a very long time.
- Stephen Beaumont
Lew Bryson writes about beer and whiskey from his home in southeast Pennsylvania. He has a family and two dogs. That's all you need to know.
Once described as “beerdom's Brillat-Savarin,” Stephen Beaumont is the author of five books and countless articles on beer, spirits, food, travel, and how it all goes together.
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