So, I've had this beer twice. That's right. Twice. The first time was at a place called Drake's in Northern Kentucky. With sushi and tempura shrimp. Oh, did I mention Drake's also has burgers? It's kind of an awesome place to eat.
The second? This week, Monday evening, right after a thunderstorm blew through. All while group-texting with some friends. About beer, bourbon, and food. We're kind of cool like that.
Well, I think it's delicious.
But I'll elaborate: it's aroma is hoppy and floral, but very light. The head on this beer is intense. I'm pretty sure I could have put a quarter on the foam and it would have hung out there for a good long while. I did not, however, test this. I love the rich copper tones of this EPA.
Most of all, though? I love how it tastes. It's nuanced, and while hoppy, it's not quite as hoppy as an IPA, while at the same time being slightly more hoppy than a normal Pale Ale. The flavor includes hints of hops, of course, citrus, and it has a bite to it that is unlike most other beers I've had. The end note is mildly nutty and yes, this beer goes down smoothly.
I definitely noticed that the beer had a bit more flavor once it warmed up just a tad - the hops really came through the taste there. Oh, and the foam? Left some exceptional lacing on the glass. Which, sadly, I did not get a picture of.
If you are a fan of hoppy beers, but not too hoppy? Definitely check this one out.