Empire Brewing Co. “India Pale Ale” Review (#054)


Empire Brewing Co.
India Pale Ale
Syracuse, New York
http://www.empirebrew.com/

From The Brewery:

An American IPA. Aggressive use of fruity American hops is what this beer is all about. An intense hop bitterness, followed by a balancing hop flavor and full hop aroma. Notes of citrus and grapefruit may be detected. This is our hoppiest beer.

ABV: 6.8%

Review:

Appearance: The hazy, thin topped beer was served on tap in a pint glass at the Empire Brewing Co. It is translucent, with big carbonation and streaks of gold and yellow.

Smell:Big, off the vine wet hoping smell. That earthy spice that I love in a hoppy IPA.

Taste: A whole lot of hops up front, with a nice malty smoothness that comes through. It is very cutting with spicy food (which I was eating) and greatly enjoyed the flavors of this beer. The hops is that pungent spice, less the floral bright hop. This beer has legs.

Mouthfeel: Heavy yet very refreshing. It is lively carbonated, and very cleansing.

Drinkability/Palitability: It is a bold hoppy brew. A little less easy going down than the more floral IPA’s but a pint glass is still enjoyable.

Notes: I paired this beer with my dinner in the Empire Brewing Co.’s brewpub, with a great view of the brewery operation. I had the “Grilled Andouille Po’ boy”, which is a spicy Cajun sausage, with smoked gouda cheese, creole mustard, and fried tumbleweed onions. It teamed up perfectly with the spice of the mustard, and cut right through the fat on the sausage.

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