Thursday, 3 November 2016

Hop Burglar India Pale Ale

I am a total sucker for blood orange--can't get enough of that juicy and delicious flavour. So I was really excited to see Wicked Weed Brewing's Hop Burglar India Pale Ale arrive in a sextet of beers provided to me by the incredible MM. Brewed with blood orange and grapefruit zest, this stuff sounded pretty damn good to be.

From Asheville, NC, Hop Burgler came in a 12oz. bottle with a beautiful  label featuring the notorious hop snatcher. The 7% alcohol brew poured with a fluffy off-white head. It was a mostly clear copper-orange beer with an assertively bitter orange scent. The flavour was quite enjoyable, with lots of bitterness built on top of a sweet and fruity basement. The finish was hoppy enough.

Hop Burglar had a lot to be positive about. For a flavoured IPA, the use of blood orange and grapefruit was judicious and didn't steal the show, the strength was good, and the aroma was particularly nice. The beer was a bit too sweet and, for a beer called Hop Burglar, could have packed in a few more IBUs. My second foray into Wicked Weed's collection of beers, and they've both been winners.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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