Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Two Henrys 7 Mile Bridge IPA

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1506) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 1, 2015
I don’t usually enjoy English-style IPAs made by American breweries, but Two Henrys 7 Mile Bridge IPA is one of the better examples of the style I can recall. Much sweeter than the typical American incarnation of the style, though it’s plenty bitter and does have some nice hop flavor I enjoy. The red color is a nice bonus, too. 

I poured a 12oz can into a red wine glass. It was canned on 10/26/15 and cost $2.49 ($0.21 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful shade of burgundy/deep copper. Hazy body but faint carbonation is noticeable. Pours to a fairly large, beige, foamy head which laces and retains quite well.

Smell: A notably sweet malty scent but plenty of dank, orange juice concentrate notes as well.

Taste: One of the reasons I’m not crazy about EIPAs is because they tend to be fermented with Ringwood and similar yeast strains that create for a buttery flavor and aroma. That doesn’t seem to be the case here as the malts and hops are probably accounting for the vast majority of the flavor. There is a biscuity malt character, though. Almost doughy, but definitely with a light caramel and toffee taste. Hops are equal parts flavor and bitterness. Light at first, but become stronger on the back end. Orange juice and flowers are prominent and enjoyable throughout. It’s rare I can describe a common IPA as being sweet, but in this case that’s applicable.

Drinkability: I notice that English-style IPAs tend to be more viscous and tepid than their American counterparts and that’s certainly true of Two Henrys 7 Mile Bridge IPA. The mouthfeel is noticeably thick with a soft, smooth presence and a bit of a sticky texture. There’s a dry aftertaste, but also something a little fruity. Quite efficient at 6% ABV, though there is a subtle warmth from the alcohol. Food pairings might be tricky because of the malty presence, so enjoy it on its own.

RATING: 7/10

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