On the docket: 12 oz. can of Evil Twin’s Retro IPA
Poured into: Innis & Gunn stemmed craft glass
S: Possibly the best aspect of this beer: Crystal clear orange and gold body, tiny bubbles zipping up to form a vanilla-cream colored head. It sits high and thick, with excellent retention. Lacing in thing, consistent rings
A: Immediately greeted by a light corn-sweetness and very subtle, almost non-existent hop aroma of… hops. I can’t quite place it. I’m confused, but it smells like half-hearted pine sap. Also present is a white bread, doughy malt profile.
T: The taste of the malt mimics the aroma: doughy and corny. Perhaps pale or Pilsner malt. It starts sweet but changes over mid-palate to a full-on bitter bite that follows all the way through to the finish. Piney, a touch of pine, and wait, a dash of pine. I can taste the retro. The hops here are not so much for flavor as they are utilized for straight bitterness. Let this warm just a tad, and the flavors are more cohesive.
F: Medium light, with fine carbonation. Strong bitter finish with bracing, dry lip-smacking sensation. Clean, cutting. Resets your palate for the next sip.
O: A recipe from just two years after I was born, I was not hip to the hops then. I was still drinking apple juice. If you’ve ver wanted to jump in a phonebooth or hot tub and try to travel back in time, this beer is for you. If you’re all about tropical hops that haven’t even been named yet, stick we me, as I’ll follow this review up with Retro’s counterpart, Modern.
Suggested food pairing: Keebler Pizzeria chips (circa 1980), medium-rare hamburger with LTO and mustard, creamy bleu or cheddar cheese