Lagunitas IPA

16 Oct

American IPA

Rating: B+

On tap at City Beer Hall in Albany, NY.

Very clear dark amber in color with a ½ inch bubbly, off-white head.  Nose has piney hops, citrus and a bready malt back.  Initially, the taste is aggressive and bitter with the hops, though that is quickly balanced by caramel malt sweetness.  Light-medium body with mid-hi carbonation.  Creamy on the tongue with a clean, satisfying finish.  It has a great drinkability and although it really should not be a session beer with a 6.2% ABV, I have made it one on a number of occasions.  Not my favorite IPA (Smuttynose IPA), but I will definitely order this beer out again or bring a 6’er home to slam with a pizza.

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