On the docket: 12 oz. can of Evil Twin’s Modern IPA
Poured into: Innis & Gunn stemmed craft glass
S: Warning, un-filtered, “artisanal” IPA on the loose! A cloudy, floaty-filled body occupies the glass as a honey-gold. The head, welling up, sports many small pocks in an off-white crown. Bubble activity hard to detect through the murk. Good head retention.
A: Holy Contrast, Batman! The two beers (Retro and Modern) couldn’t be more different in the use of hops. Bright mango/guava/papaya plus grape fruit curl up into your nose. Give it a long sniff. Fruity, pleasant. Just a hint of dank pine.
T: Much of the aroma is found in the taste, with the tropical fruit playing first-chair. The grapefruit is rind-like and bitter. The malt plays understudy, providing a slight grainy sweetness. The bitterness enters in the middle, and sticks around at the end, but unlike Retro, this beer finishes bitter and juicy at the same time.
F: Medium full, with fine carbonation. A bit oily. Strong hoppy finish of tropical fruit and bitterness. Not as extreme as Retro, but unmistakably an IPA.
O: Talk about a study in contrasts. Vastly different use of hops than Retro: different flavors, different aromas, different finishes. Evil Twin also tried to capture a snapshot of a modern IPA in all senses, including the visual aspect. Great style study in drinking both beers, recognizing the versatility of hops.
Suggested food pairing: Rold Gold Honey-wheat pretzels, arugula salad with mandarin oranges, Jerk chicken
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