The Lost Abbey Merry Taj IPA

The other half and I ended up at Kraftwork in Philly before Christmas to have brunch. They had this beer on draft that I was very interested in trying. Let’s see how it was.

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ABV: 8%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Merry Taj IPA begins with an aroma of crisp floral notes of citrus rind and tropical fruit. Initial flavors of clean sweet caramel malt will give way to a spicy bitterness on the finish thanks to the addition of the Simcoe hops. Merry Taj IPA will not be bottled, only kegged, to get the beer out to consumers as quickly as possible. The name ‘Merry Taj IPA’ pays homage to the holiday celebrations going on from sea to sea, encapsulating the hope of a new year as we inch closer and closer to 2014. It’s also a play on a term from the wine world, Meritage, which loosely translated means: A damn fine blend (of hops in this case). Though Belgian-inspired beers dominate The Lost Abbey portfolio, it’s not the only focus of the brand. The brewing team at The Lost Abbey are certified Hop-Heads at heart and being able to imagine and craft an IPA for the brand was a vision that seemed just out of reach…until now. ‘We were very excited for the opportunity to make an amazing IPA and even more stoked once we tasted it’ said Matt Webster, Lead Brewer of The Lost Abbey. ‘The sweet caramel notes and spicy finish make Merry Taj IPA a great addition to The Lost Abbey lineup and a perfect holiday beer.'”

Random: We’re watching a show on HGTV about tiny houses. I wasn’t aware that “tiny houses” were a thing. I definitely could not live in one.

This beer poured with a two finger, cream-colored head that dissipated very slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a hazy mahogany with heavy carbonation visible. The nose was big. It had notes of citrus with some sweetness and caramel malt. The taste had a lot of citrus backed by caramel and honey from the malt. There was slight booze warming, but nothing all that intense. It had a thick body with moderate carbonation and a long, hop finish. I really enjoyed this beer and would definitely had this one again, even at $8 a glass.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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