I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. There was no freshness date and it cost $3.25 ($0.27 per ounce).
Appearance: Slight hazy copper hue, plenty of carbonation visible. Pours
to a two-finger, eggshell, foamy head which laces and retains fairly
Smell: Surprisingly malty aroma for an IPA. Some orange juice and pine needles.
Taste: I’ve never had a beer from Nebraska until now. This particularly
brewery’s take on the American IPA draws inspiration from both coasts,
which is appropriate considering it’s about halfway between the two. It
is, however, rather standard and dare I say average for the style.
Citrus and piney hops for sure, though there’s plenty of maltiness, too.
It’s a palette I’ve experienced many times before and is best described
as “hoppy iced tea” as there a distinct tea-like sweetness at the core.
Orange juice concentrate comes through at the beginning, followed by a
rustic pine and resin character at the middle and finish. It doesn’t
seem nearly as bitter as the 72 IBUs as indicated by the label (it’s
quite possible this is an old can). Still, I have to admit it’s a pretty
well-balanced beer (if you like your IPAs balanced, that is).
Drinkability: Looking at the 6.9% ABV on the can, I went into Nebraska
IPA expecting a pretty hefty brew. I was surprised to find the body to
be on the medium side and the mouthfeel itself to be thinner and more
crisp than most of the style. It’s actually refreshing for a moment
while in the mouth, and is smooth going down. However, the hops don’t
really linger that much. This would be an attribute for a pale ale, but
an IPA should have more chutzpah.