Dam good IPA

No, it’s not a typo.

On the docket: 11.2 oz. bottle of Brouwerij ‘t IJ’s IPA besy by:  6/2016.  Nice and fresh.

Poured into:  Man Skirt pint glass

S:  Cloudy gold body with a thick, bubble-ridden head.  Lace heavy and clingy, but the head is slowly receding as I admire it and type out the review.  Tiny bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.  This unfiltered, unpasteurized beauty makes the buxom, inked woman on the bottle less interesting.

A:  Bright citrus of grapefruit, clean malt, and faint floral mélange.  Simple, subtle, inviting.

T:  The nose carries into the taste.  Bright citrus and a hint of pine come through in the hops department.  There is a touch of floral-ness, but only just.  The initial sweetness, while the beer is cool, is whisked away by the dry, bitter, and long finish of this Cascade and Citra-heavy brew.  As it warms, the sweetness sticks around for a second or two longer.

F:  Medium with nice carbonation, able to scrub your mouth and make you reach for your glass again.  Dry and bracing.

O:  Very pleasant take on the style from a brewery nestled into the most recognized city in North Holland- Amsterdam.  This is the first of a six-bottle gift set I received, all by this brewery.  Stay tuned for my next choice, whatever it may be.  Amstel Lite, this is not!

S:  4  A:  3.75  T:  4  F: 4  O:  4

Suggested food pairing:  Creamy cheddar cheese, summer salads, rare hamburger on brioche bun