So, the other half picked up this beer for me awhile back. I’ve had a lot of IPAs, but I’m always interested in trying new ones. Let’s see how this one was.
Style: American IPA
Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Our search for a location to start this brewery took us across much of Lower Bucks County, many times traveling down the well known divider between northern Philadelphia, southern Bucks, and Montgomery counties, County Line Road. One of the original names we thought of for the brewery was that of County Line Brewing Company. We don’t know how or why we didn’t settle on that name, but in recognition of our location so close to Philadelphia and that potential namesake, we decided to pass the name on to our flagship IPA which comes in at 6.6% ABV and is chock full of Warrior, Chinook, Columbus, Simcoe, and Centennial hops. It’s got a bready malt backbone to counter some of that hop bitterness, but not so much that this five hop combination won’t put a smile on your face. Dry hopped for nearly two weeks, County Line IPA has a lingering hop bitterness showing a complexity of resinous pine notes, citrusy lemon, and grapefruit that many IPAs on the East Coast lack.”
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This brew poured with a generous, two finger white head that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a remarkable cloudy, bright amber color with “floaties” visible and high carbonation. The nose was very fragrant with grapefruit, citrus and clean pine smells. Wow, I didn’t think that the nose would be so strong, but it was very inviting. The taste was almost as good. It was very hoppy with grapefruit and quickly transitions into tropical fruit notes. I picked up mango and pineapple, specifically. After that, pine needles smack you in the mouth along with a dry, alcohol note. The body is on the thicker side of the style, but has more than enough carbonation to get through that thickness. It had a long, intense hoppy finish. This beer was really impressive. It was teeming with flavor and had enough hoppiness that this hop-head was thrilled. This is worth seeking out and could easily be a go-to beer for me.
Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0