Piney River Brewing Co. Masked Bandit India Pale AleMay 1, 2015
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1066
Brewed in: Bucyrus, MO
Where to Find This Beer: AR, MO
Boy howdy, that’s a dark IPA, deepest chocolate with a mocha head. You can barely see through it! Unique nose is a balance of roasted malt and aromatic hops. A complex maltiness follows through with just the right amount of spice from the hops. Wonderful with food. With this beer, we treated ourselves to wild Gulf prawns Diane (gigantic shrimp served over a rich cayenne butter and seafood sauce on basmati rice), a side of toasted Brussels sprouts, and vollkorn seeded bread. Now that’s living, Ozarks-style!
- Charles Finkel
It’s a stickup. If you don’t read the entire label you’re in for a surprise. It’s a black rye I“P”A. Black with a red translucence. Floral-herbal hop aroma with mild Cocoa Puff malt notes. What’s the holdup? I’m being robbed of my expectations. This beer takes you to unexpected places. Delicious, creative, unique, balanced, hoppy, with some unusual nuances that get revealed only after you’ve looked under the mask. A terrific beer worth fussing about. If you find it, try it.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and National Beer Examiner at examiner.com. Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.