Style: India Pale Lager
ABV: 6.1 IBU: 45
Urban Chestnut Brewing Company Hopfen
What the brewers say
“A beer we are describing as a ‘Bavarian IPL.’ Brewed and dry-hopped with a variety of Hallertau ‘Hopfen’ instead of the usual and more citric hops varieties of most American IPAs, giving this beer a decidedly German twist.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “A fun blend of light caramel and malt character, with some earthy, muddy, woodsy earthiness, and a bit of candied-orange sweetness found in the hops. The subtle dankiness up front gives way to some fruitiness as it warms.”
Flavor: “Hops bitterness up front, with some spiciness, green peppercorn, and herbal characters. The earthiness lingers on the back of the tongue, but the toastiness of the malt is noticeable after the front end of the hops. Malt sweetness is biscuit-like, with a touch of candy sugar and caramel, even a bit of bread crust.”
Overall: “This is a wonderful beer reminiscent of a cleanly fermented old-school American, or even English, IPA. It may not have a wallop of the nouveau hops characters expected in an IPA, but still very tasty.”
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