Caldera IPA

I hate to see the end of a weekend. Tonight, I went back to the old country for a family reunion. And by old country, I really mean Queens. I was born in Queens, but pretty much raised in Jersey. Which does not explain why I’m a Philly fan at all. But, it is nice to go back. Especially when there is limited traffic. But, my sister and I went back and had dinner and had a great time. We ended up hitting up a restaurant after that we used to go to all the time when I was a kid. There wasn’t any great brews there, but such is life. Tonight’s selection is the last from my birthday stash.

ABV: 6.1%

Style: American IPA

Trivia: This brew used Simcoe, Centennial and Amarillo hops. The malts used are Premium Two Row, Crystal and Munich.

Random: I hate bye weeks. Both the Giants and the Eagles didn’t have a game, so I had nothing to watch tonight.

This brew poured with a thick, two-finger, white head that dissipated slowly and left decently lacing on the glass. The body was a clear brown-orange color with little visible carbonation. The nose was incredibly inviting: lots of pine and grapefruit hops on the nose, although no real malt to balance it out. I would say that it definitely had more pine than grapefruit. On the taste it was very much like the nose. It had a lot of piney and resin-ey hops with no real malt to it. The resin lasted until it finished. Honestly, it was the dominating flavor of the brew. After a few sips, I really couldn’t find anything other than the pine. Perhaps there was a slight hint of citrus. The body was decently thick with very mild carbonation. The finished lingered for awhile with a lot of pine. This would definitely be an IPA for hop heads. It wasn’t very well balanced, but I did enjoy it a lot. If you like IPAs, try this one.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0