Misty Mountain IPA

Connecticut
United States
Misty Mountain IPA back east beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Flavor:
36 / 40
Appearance:
6 / 6
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20
Description 

Misty Mountain is a great example of the American-style India Pale Ale synonymous with Craft Beer. Originally brewed for sailors on shipping routes between England and India, British IPAs are known for their strong hop bitterness, which were added as a preservative for the long voyage. The American adaptation is decidedly stronger and offers a more robust hop bite. Back East IPA is no exception. This assertively hopped beer has a great hoppy aroma, crisp hop bite, and smooth medium body.

Profile

ABV: 
7.0%
Judges Review 
Dan Martich's picture
Judges Rating:
86
Aroma:
20 / 24
Appearance:
6 / 6
Flavor:
36 / 40
Mouthfeel:
8 / 10
Overall Impression:
16 / 20

The aroma of this beer is delightful: A medium-sweet malt note and fruity esters of lychee fruit, then a sot, freshly baked bread-like character. Very light grassy notes round out the hop aroma, with a light nutty malt quality at the end. Its inviting golden yellow appearance and brilliant clarity paints a pretty inviting picture. The large, white, rocky head and long retention frames the glass. The first sip has a moderately bready, soft hazelnut character that is both pleasant and easy-drinking. The hop characters are of tropical fruit, piney and citrusy, with the balance shifting towards grapefruit. The beer finishes with a low sweet flavor, has good attenuated dryness and a long, bitter aftertaste. The medium body, carbonation, low degree of alcohol warmth, and an itty-bitty creaminess round out the mouthfeel. This is a well-balanced American IPA that is enhanced by the subtle nutty flavors and made complete by the firm hop character.