Friday, June 9, 2017

Insight Brewing Surging From The East New England Style IPA

Beer Name: Surging From The East
Brewery: Insight Brewing (Minneapolis, MN)
ABV: 6.4%
How sold: 16 oz tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Purchased online at France44 (Minnesota)
Price: $12.49 for 4-pack mix of 16 oz tallboys (West Coast and East Coast)

Date Canned: March 1, 2017(!)
Date Purchased: March 6, 2017
Date Received: March 9, 2017
Date Opened/Drank: March 9, 2017
When brewed? Possibly a limited-time series.

****NOTE: The actual can looks like the photos above. I chose to use filters and touch up the below photos so you can see the wording on the can.

What's on the Can: "Chapter XVIII, East vs. West, Boston, Massachusetts. The great Brewer's Guild Rivalry was coming to a head. The East Coast Clan, with their juicy, citrusy Grand IPA Philosophy marched forward, brandishing their Molotov Hoptails and frankly unintelligible accent. The West Coast Tribe, and their devout adherence to the hoppiest of hops, stood their ground, hoisting pine bough clubs in their be-friendship-braceleted, chainmail arms. Neither side seemed ready to surrender. And there I stood in the middle, quietly humming 'Why Can't We Be Friends?'"

Where distributed: As of March 2017, Insight Brewing only distributes to Minnesota and Wisconsin. Click here to see where Insight Brewing ships!

Appearance (5%): Poured hazy peach to burnt orange-colored into a pint glass. Unfiltered beer; sediment suspended throughout the beverage. Very frothy off-white head. Lots of lacing remains on the glass. This is amazing, just as I expected. 4.75/5

Smell (25%): Citrus, pineapple, and tropical grapefruit notes, with complementing malt. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Citrus and grapefruit experience from start to finish. The hop bitterness is there, but not overwhelming. Extremely flavorful with complementing malt. Drinks very easy and refreshing. The citrus lingers everywhere. I am very happy. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied; some carbonation. Very creamy mouthfeel, dryness on the tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An outstanding IPA. I mainly got this because France44 offered a 4-pack deal: two of these East Coast IPAs and two of their West Coast IPAs (review coming) to compare which one the consumer likes best. You can never go wrong with such an offer. I was even more pleasantly surprised when I realized this was a New England-style IPA; the website at the time did not say so. Insight didn't have to sell me on trying this style; I was already a fan. But they reaffirmed why I love New England-style IPAs. Very tropical and citrusy, ideal bitterness, and extremely dangerous. I got my money's worth and then some. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.638/5

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