Champion Missile IPA

Posted: August 22, 2015 in American IPA, Champion Brewing Company, Reviews

A few years back, I was down in Charlottesville, Virginia. I found a spice store down there and they were discussing all of the new breweries that were popping up in the area and the increased availability of craft beer. This brewery had just opened right before I got down there. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a chance to check them out, but I was excited to see this can on a shelf to review.

champion

ABV: 7%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “AN AMERICAN INDIA PALE ALE WITH FIRM BITTERNESS AND INTENSE CITRUSY HOP AROMAS. MADE WITH TWO-ROW PALE ALE MALT AND DRY HOPPED WITH SIMCOE, CASCADE, SUMMIT, AND MORE FOR THE FULL EXPERIENCE OF AN AMERICAN IPA.”

Random: I am not a fan of when breweries list their descriptions in all caps. I’m not sure why, but a detailed description in normal text works for me.

This beer poured with a two finger, white head that was slow to dissipate. It left some lacing on the glass. The body was a slightly cloudy orange with moderate carbonation. The nose had notes of lemon, pine and quite floral as well. The taste started with significant hop bitterness manifesting with pine and lemon. It quickly went into some sweet, caramel malt. Then, back to bitterness with pine resin and grapefruit pith. It had a thick body that was almost syrupy with moderate carbonation. The 7% ABV was very hidden with no booze warming. It had a long, sticky finish with pine resin. This was $2.00 for the single can ($.17 per ounce). This was a really nice IPA that I would have again.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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