Another long day, but at least Monday’s over with. It was a productive day at school and at work. I even got some homework done, which is always nice. Tonight’s offering is another Magic Hat brew, courtesy of the fall variety pack. This is the current IPA on tour, which is also available in cases.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to Brewers Connection, “The Columbus hop is a relatively new variety that is becoming increasingly popular. Also known as Tomahawk, it is a bittering hop bred and selected from the Hopunion breeding program. It’s orgin is owned by HUSA-CEZ, LLC, a joint venture between Charles E. Zimmerman and Hopunion USA, Inc., making it a patened hop. It has been considered similar to Zeus. It is plentiful in Lupulin, makeing it an exceptional bittering hop with a very good flavor. Although it is mainly bred for its high alpha, it is also popular for its oil profile, making it’s aroma pleasantly pungent. A good hop for IPA’s, Pale Ales, Stouts, Imperials, and even some lagers.
Random: This beer uses Columbus hops exclusively. Interesting…
The beer poured with a fluffy two finger white head that left significant lacing. The body is a clear straw yellow with visible carbonation. This doesn’t look like a Magic Hat beer. On the nose, there is a lot of fresh pine, but not a huge amount of citrus. This doesn’t smell like a Magic Hat beer either. On first sip, a lot of pine comes to the front. The carbonation is moderate. The beer is almost silky. Wow, this doesn’t taste like a Magic Hat beer either. I’m impressed, as you could probably tell. This is a solid IPA. It’s got enough hops to satisfy a hop head, but it’s not obnoxious about the hops either. The finish lingers for a while, and it’s almost a little oily and it hangs around a little too long. This would be my only complaint about the brew. I would definitely have this one again. It’s easily sessionable and hoppy enough for my taste.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0