Friday, March 27, 2015

Half Full Pursuit IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1314) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2015
I’m not sure what the deal is with Half Full Pursuit IPA. Since there’s no freshness date I have to wonder if what I’m drinking is what the brewer intended or if it’s just an old can. It doesn’t have any glaring flaws, though something about it doesn’t seem quite right. Though marketed as an IPA, this is closer to an amber ale or specialty grain as it contains rye. The result is a moderately flavorful, somewhat interesting beer that’s at least easily drinkable.

I poured a 12oz can into a goblet. There was no freshness date. It cost $2.85 ($0.25 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark amber/brownish hue; extremely cloudy. Pours to a fairly large, tan, foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Spicy perfume-like aroma. Slight earthy/herbal notes.

Taste: The first thing I noticed about the palette here was how it had a flavor akin to iced tea. I’ve encountered other hoppy beers with this feature but in nearly every instance it was due to the bottle or can being old. I don’t think the beer is actually made with any tea, though, as that would probably be mentioned on the can or the brewery’s website. It is, however, brewed with some rye which might account for the perfume smell and accompanying taste. It’s lightly spicy and light bitter with the malt doing most of the work. How, at only 40 IBUs, this is supposed to be an IPA I don’t know. I also detect some apple character as well. It’s actually in the realm of apple sauce with cinnamon, but again – I highly doubt this was intentional. So for a beer that probably doesn’t taste as it should, this is actually not all bad. They got lucky.

Drinkability: It’s very surprising to see the 7% ABV on the can, as Half Full Pursuit IPA drinks like a beer much lighter in weight. The body is only medium with a good amount of carbonation so as to be self-cleaning. No cloying aftertaste here; just a hint of dryness. It should have much more complexity and flavor for the weight, though. 
Grade: 6/10

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