Monday, June 29, 2015

Tangier Session IPA (review)

Southern Tier Brewing Company out of South Western New York seems to have an endless lineup of IPA's at their disposal. Just when I think I've reached the bottom of the list I manage to spot another on the local craft beer racks. Try as I may to just turn and walk away, ultimately I cannot resist, and end up adopting a six pack in need of a loving home.

Today I'm tasting their Tangier seasonal Session India Pale Ale. A light golden hue, Tangier comes in at 4.6% AVB and features 3 varietals of hops along with 4 kinds of malts (not sure which). The real kicker, however, is the inclusion of tangerine peels in the brewing process, which further compliments the already citrusy (grapefuit) hop profile.

The inclusion of Tangerine peel was a great move. If you're reading this as a primarily mainstream beer drinker don't think Bud Light Lime or other similar brews where fruit, juice, or fruit flavoring is added after fermentation. Here, Tangerine is very much part of the fabric of the drink, a bittering agent if you will, like the citrus-leaning hop varieties it complements. You'll be able to tell that fruit is involved, but don't go looking for sweetness. Tangier may be a low alcohol session IPA, perfect for summer - but it not your girlfriend's fruity light pool side beverage.

Musical Pairing: Anesthetize by Porcupine Tree

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