Friday, October 8, 2021

Ex Novo Brewing Fresh Hop Eliot IPA (Simcoe 2021)

Beer Name: Fresh Hop Eliot IPA
Brewery: Ex Novo Brewing (Portland, OR)
ABV: 6.6%

How sold: 4-packs of 16 oz. tallboy cans; on draft
Where bought: Unknown
Price: Unknown, gift from a friend

Date Canned: August 30, 2021
Date Drank: September 24, 2021
When brewed? Limited-time beer. Part of Fresh Hop season that usually arrives around August-September.

What's on the Website: "Notes of Citrus & Tropical Fruit, Hint of Pine. Clean Malt Profile with Balanced Bitterness. Fresh Hopped with Simcoes from our dear friends at Sodbuster Farms."

Where distributed: Ex Novo Brewing currently distributes to several areas, including the Portland (OR) Metro, Los Angeles, SW Washington. Japan, and San Francisco Bay Area markets. Ex Novo also has a taproom in Corrales, NM.

Appearance (5%): Poured clear golden into a pint glass. White head, trace lacing. 4.5/5

Smell (25%): Clean pine-citrus grapefruit hop blend. About as good as it gets if you want this profile. 5/5

Taste (40%): Follows the nose. Clean pine and citrus grapefruit experience from start to finish. Bitterness of a West Coast IPA is there, but expertly kept in check. Flavorful and delicious. 4.75/5

Mouthfeel (10%): Medium-bodied, some carbonation. Some dry tongue. 4.25/5

Overall (20%): A world-class IPA. One of the best IPAs I've had from Ex Novo Brewing. Fresh Hop Eliot has a lively piney citrus punch straight out of the gate, with tamed bitterness. Full-flavored bliss that any IPA lover needs to try. 4.75/5

Final Weighted Rating: 4.75/5

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