So, after being sick for the past two days, I can’t wait to feel decent enough to have a beer. So far, my diet has been Gatorade and chicken soup. I’m hoping to stomach some toast later. Yeah, stomach flu seriously blows. At least I could get up today. I’m going back to work tomorrow, so hopefully I feel close to 100%. Here’s another brew from the new to NJ brewery, Starr Hill.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “A classic American-style India Pale Ale, Northern Lights weighs in at 52 IBUs and 6.5% ABV. Characterized by its full-flavored bitterness and poignant citrus-floral aroma, a perfect blend of barley and hops make this a very balanced IPA. For the craftbrew connoisseur, Northern Lights is a deliciously crafted piece of the heavens.”
Random: Kate’s cat sleeps on my head at least 2 days a week. It’s ridiculous…and hard to breathe.
This brew poured with a two finger, off white head that dissipated slowly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, golden orange color with heavy carbonation visible throughout. The nose was a touch of citrus with heavy caramel malt following up. For an IPA, it was a really mild nose. The taste started with lemon and grapefruit, but quickly went into caramel malt with bread and toffee. I was shocked that this was an American IPA since it tasted more like an English IPA. At the end of the sip, I also got some pine sap. This was moderately bitter. The body was on the thicker side with heavy carbonation. The finish was long with caramel malt and then a touch of bitterness. This was a nice, drinkable IPA, but nothing outstanding.
Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0