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Judge's Review: 92 Rating - The Knights Who Say NEIPA by Pontoon Brewing

March, 2021
Judges Rating: 
22 / 24
6 / 6
37 / 40
10 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

The Knights that Say NEIPA by Pontoon Brewing is a Double New England-style IPA and is being evaluated as a Specialty IPA (category 21B in the 2015 BJCP Beer Style Guidelines). The focus of the Double IPA style is hops, hops, and more hops. Additionally, despite being a high-alcohol content style, Double IPAs are fairly drinkable and lack a heavy malty body, which are more typical traits of beers of these strengths. New England IPAs are known for their juicy/tropical fruit/citrusy hop forward character, hazy appearance, and lighter-than-typical American IPA bitterness. Knights that Say NEIPA is brewed with Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Loral hops.

The Knights that Say NEIPA pours light golden in color with a very hazy appearance and a big white head. The aroma is of moderate citrus, honeydew melon, juicy fruit and tropical fruit hops with no malt aroma. The flavor is of moderately strong citrus, melon, spicy and herbal-flavored hops over a hint of malt. The beer finishes with a moderate bitterness and dryness with moderate pineapple, citrusy, resiny and melon hop flavors.

The Knights that Say NEIPA is a well-brewed NEIPA with a plethora of citrusy and tropical fruit hop aromas and flavors. The bitterness seems a little more aggressive than a typical NEIPA, but this will be welcomed by most hop heads.