Beer: 2-Hop India Pale Ale
Brewery: 4204 Main Street Brewing Co.
Description: This West Coast-style India Pale Ale features dry floral hop notes upfront with a clean citrus hop finish.
I was pretty jazzed when I pulled an IPA out of our mystery box tonight. Yes, that’s right. I AM a basic white guy who loves IPAs. But instead of waiting to drink them in a season like they were a PSL, I drink them almost all the time now.
My feelings on IPAs have changed drastically since my friend RJ brought some Sam Adams IPAs to a party seven or eight years ago. Back then I thought it was the most disgusting thing I’d ever had. I think my exact description was, “Oh, god… this tastes like drinking leaves!” It’s safe to say I’ve done a complete 180 on that opinion. Now it’s hard for me to find an IPA I DON’T like.
Which brings us to tonight’s beer. I judged, based on the name, that this would be a pretty straightforward IPA. Unfortunately, when I opened the can, it foamed up and overflowed. After pouring it into a glass, it was extremely heady. Once I was able to pour it all into the glass, it still had an extremely sudsy look. All that ensured that when we could actually drink it, what we got was flatter than it should be.
Taste-wise, this one is pretty standard as I suspected. It didn’t blow me away but I didn’t spit it out in disgust either. It certainly doesn’t beat my regular IPA heavy-hitters like Odell IPA, WBC V6, or Third Place Brewing Red Truck IPA. I wish we could have gotten the full un-flattened experience but I definitely wouldn’t say no if you offered me another one.
We’re giving this beer 3 CHEERS out of 5.
We thought this one was just average. It wasn’t terrible but it wasn’t great either. We wouldn’t turn our nose up if it was the only IPA available but we wouldn’t reach for it if we had other options. It exists and that’s okay.