Sunday, 25 December 2016

Head Over Hops India Pale Ale

Happy Holidays from the Stout Man!

Bombshell Beer Company does its damage out of Holly Springs, North Carolina. That's the home of their Head Over Hops India Pale Ale, a 6.8% 74 IBU IPA. The beer came in a 12oz. can. It was a cloudy and brassy ale that poured beneath an eggshell head. Another gift from KC, who is a legend of beery generosity.

Murky and resinous to the nose, this beer had some hop stank over top of some boozy sweetness. The flavour was a jumble of different notes: citrus, resin, and even some subtle tropical elements. Not lip-crinklingly bitter, but the 74 IBUs still managed to assert themselves, particularly toward the finish.

A fine IPA with a lot of quality elements, though not quite an elite offering. However, I'd gladly hit this one again at the drop of a hat.

Rating: 8.0 out of 10.

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