Slowly, but surely I am catching up on posting some older reviews so I can start posting those using my new approach to reviewing the beers that I bring home. It will be nice to know if one beer that I would normally give just a B grade is slightly better or worse than another that also gets a B. I think adhering more closely to the BJCP scoring methods will mean a lot more to me and at least somewhat take out the variable of what mood I happen to be in that day. I am not sure what a “solid B” really means anymore.
Now for the earlier in the week review . . .
Brewery: Harpoon Brewery (Boston, MA and Windsor, VT)
Style: American IPA
Tasting Notes: Stored in the fridge and served in a pint glass.
Aroma: Medium, slightly floral hop aroma with some light sweetness underneath.
Appearance: Light copper color. One finger (plus), off-white head that is thick and frothy with good retention leaving a laced trail. Clear with many tiny rising bubbles visible.
Flavor: Medium hoppy flavor that has some floral and resinous character to it. Light bitterness with some underlying malt sweetness. Good balance overall with a hint of dryness at the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium to light body with a moderate level of carbonation that does not add any bite or sharpness. Smooth and slightly creamy.
Overall Impressions: Not as hoppy as I thought it might be going in and almost at a Pale Ale level. Clean and quite enjoyable with no harshness.
Grade: B (solid)