Monday, December 25, 2017

Ex Novo Brewing Not Too Brite New England-Style IPA

Beer Name: Not Too Brite
Brewery: Ex Novo Brewing (Portland, OR)
ABV: 7.0%
How sold: 4 packs of 16 oz. tallboys; on draft
Where bought: Belmont Station (Portland, OR)
Price: $4.46 for a 16 oz single tallboy can

Date Canned: December 15, 2017
Date Purchased: December 22, 2017
Date Drank: December 25, 2017
When brewed? Special release; limited-time beer.
IBUs: 60

What's on the Website: "Hazy IPA, brewed using German Pilsner malt & ALL the flaked things! Notes of citrus & tropical fruits like mango, papaya, & pineapple. DDH (Double dry-hopped) with Galaxy, Citra & Mosaic."

Where distributed: As of December 2017, Ex Novo Brewing distributes to the Portland (OR), Los Angeles, SW Washington. Japan, and San Francisco Bay Area markets. Check whether Ex Novo ships to your area!

Appearance (5%): Pours hazy light orange into a pint glass. White head. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Tropical stone fruit. Mango and papaya detected. Complementing resiny and creamy malt akin to the New England style. 4.5/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose. Creamy malt and resin comes through, but the tropical stone fruit shines on the aftertaste. 4.5/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Slightly sticky and some dry tongue, otherwise a juicy IPA. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): An excellent to outstanding IPA. I was waiting for Ex Novo to release a tasty New England-style beer, and I happily approve this one. It has all the traits I expect in this particular style. Double dry-hopped beers FTW. It may be a limited-time/seasonal release, but I wouldn't be surprised to see it made and released again in 2018. 4.5/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.475/5

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