My wife stopped by and filled up a growler at Upslope (have I mentioned that I have the best wife ever?). When she called and asked what I wanted I told her to get something I hadn’t had before. I can’t say I am unhappy with what she got and I am sure it tastes better in the Upslope glass.
Thai IPA - Upslope Brewing Company
This one pours out a hazy golden yellow with a short white head that dissipated quickly leaving very spotty lacing. It has notes of lemon grass, grapefruit, basil, biscuit, ginger, and lavender. It has medium mouth feel with fairly light carbonation and a citrusy, clean, sweet finish. The lemon and sweet malts pop on this one and the hop is clearly present, but not over powering.
If you are a hop head you will not be happy with this choice (if you are expecting an IPA). If someone had asked me to guess what this beer was I would have said it was a Belgium Style Pale Ale, possibly an American Brett. Naming conventions aside, it is quite tasty and absolutely rockin’ with my spicy green curry. Fresh mint, basil, and hot peppers - whew!
I would have this again, and paired with the right foods it is an excellent choice. I do love seeing the smaller local breweries try new things, and this is certainly different, and good.
Belgian IPA | 6.50% ABV