Brewery: Tupps Brewery
Style: American IPA (18B)
Package: 12oz Can
Purchased: Central Market Lamar, June, 2018
Packaged Date: N/A
Consumed Date: 6/15/18
Details from the Brewer
India Pale Ale brewed with Citra, Galaxy and Mosaic Hops. Bursting with tropical aromas, this IPA is loaded with citrus and fruit-forward hops.
Aroma – 10/12
High intensity orange citrus, pineapple, and mango hits the nose first. There’s a good level of dank, resinous hop character present as well. A low level of sweetness is present, with a similar level grainy, doughy character.
Appearance – 3/3
Pours a deep gold, light amber liquid. Tons of head. Fine and small ivory bubbles compose a long lasting thick layer. A nice lacing sticks to the glass as its drank. Clarity is decent with a slight haze, maybe from dry hopping. Pouring the bottom of the can, brings a lot of sediment with it.
Flavor – 17/20
Citrus and tropical fruits hit the tongue first at a high intensity. Some papaya and maybe guava character comes out. A more grassy and resin character peaks through at a medium level next. This is quickly joined by a moderate high bitterness, which lasts through the taste and lingers on the finish. There’s a slight grainy malt character with a low medium malty sweetness as well. Some of the citrus character lingers on the finish, along with a prickling bitterness on the tongue. Balance is massively hop forward.
Mouthfeel – 4/5
Medium bodied throughout the taste. Carbonation is moderately high. Some alcohol warming is present on the finish, lingering in the throat for a second. A low astringency is present.
Overall Impression – 8/10
A great IPA! I’m really enjoying the hop combination used in this beer. There is a little room to clean up some astringency and a bitterness that lingers just a touch too long. That and a little more brightness to the hop profile would push this beer to world-class.
Rating – 42/50
This is my first time having a hop-forward beer from Tupps and I’m impressed. They have a unique 6-in-a-row 6-pack that stands out on the shelf. It’s definitely a beer worth trying if you haven’t yet. While it doesn’t necessarily do anything new in the IPA realm, it’s a well executed west coast style, with a softer mouthfeel and restrained bitterness. I’ll be looking forward to trying their DDH IPA soon.