This was the second beer that I had at Kraftwork. If you follow the blog at all, you know that I really, really like most things put out by Bear Republic, especially their IPAs. This happens to be their draft-only double IPA that I have never seen out, so I knew that I had to try this one. I also wanted something that paired well with the Korean pork tacos that I had at Kraftwork and this was definitely up for the task. Let’s see how it went.
Style: American Double/Imperial IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “This extreme Double Imperial IPA is brewed with American Cascades and English First Gold hops for a deliciously unique hop profile. Bitter, malty, with a definite alcohol note, this beer is one of our most assertive and extreme.”
Random: I didn’t crop this photo so you could get a sense of the decor of the bar. It was borderline industrial which I really, really liked. So did the other half.
This brew poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy amber color with moderate carbonation visible, which I found quite odd. The nose was relatively light for style with grapefruit and some lemon pith as well. I didn’t get any pine on the nose. The taste was light for style. There was grapefruit, grass, and some lemon and maybe tangerine. There wasn’t any booze to it, which was really surprising and made it quite light. The body was also light for style with high carbonation on the tongue. It had a long finish with grapefruit mostly and tangerines. I really enjoyed this beer, although not as much as other Bear Republic beers. Despite that, I would still have it again.
Untappd Rating: 4.5/5.0