My last encounter with Erie wasn’t quite what I expected, but since I believe you should try everything twice, I opted to check out their IPA. Here it is, the Misery Bay IPA from Erie Brewing Company.
Aroma: Citrusy hops, with almost a hint of sweet chocolate malts.
Appearance: Pours golden amber, almost no head.
Flavor: Grassy hop taste, warming alcohol, with some earthy malt and a nice, full and bitter finish.
Mouthfeel: Nice carbonation, medium-bodied.
Overall: Odd aromas to this beer out of the bottle, but the taste is really nice. The lack of a head is disappointing though, although maybe it’s an aspect of my glass. Aside from the appearance aspect, this is a pretty nice IPA.
Wisconsin, the home of the brewers, and I don’t just mean the baseball team. It’s got a LOT of breweries, some of them making very good beers. And so we dive back into IPA season with the IPA from Lakefront Brewery.
American India Pale Ale, 6.9 % ABV
Aroma: Great hop aroma, with hint of grass and malts.
Appearance: Pours golden/copper in color, clear, with an off-white head of foam. Nice lacing on the glass.
Flavor: Nice hop profile, piney essence to it that is balanced on the end with malts and a trailing very nice bitter hop finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, coats the mouth well with nice carbonation that I’d expect from an IPA.
Overall: Pretty solid IPA. The nose doesn’t linger too strong, the alcohol is present but not overwhelming. For a hop head, it’s got a great profile and solid taste. A very nice/great example of the American IPA style.