Saturday, April 9, 2016

Evil Twin Brewing Modern IPA

Beer Name: Modern IPA
Brewery: Two Roads Brewing Co. and Evil Twin Brewing Co. (Imported from Denmark to Brooklyn, NY and Stratford, CT)
ABV: 6.0%
How sold: 12 oz. cans
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $2.59 for 12 oz. can

Date Purchased: March 5, 2016
Date Opened/Drank: March 9, 2016
When brewed? Year-round beer.

Where distributed: Evil Twin Brewing imports to several states.

What's on the Can/Website: "This is a tasty tribute to a beloved and iconic beer style - the India Pale Ale. The style goes 200 years back - has been through every spectrum of the flavor palette and had it's ups and downs on the IBU scale. This time around we re-created a contemporary style IPA - basically the taste of the perfect IPA right now. Understated hop flavors, fruity, and crisp. The future is now." Read more here!

Appearance (5%): Poured a cloudy peach-golden into a pint glass. Some off-white head. Looks like your typical New England-style IPA. 4.25/5

Smell (25%): Wonderful fruity, tropical aroma. Mainly passion fruit, orange, and grapefruit. 4.25/5

Taste (40%): Good fruity, tropical experience at the start, yet nothing overwhelming the palate. Finishes fairly clean and smooth, although some hops linger on the aftertaste. To me, it drinks more like a session IPA. 4/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium body with some carbonation and citrus-bitterness on the tongue. 4/5

Overall (20%): A solid IPA. My palate is clearly geared to prefer the modern IPA, especially when more fruity components are brought into the mix. Still, it was interesting to compare this with the Retro IPA, and now the beer style has really evolved over approximately 30 years. The thing is, people continue to make even fruitier, more tropical versions, likely to keep me coming back for more while bringing new fans in. Modern IPA is one I would definitely have again. 4/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.075/5

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