Monday, January 6th 2014
Masked Bandit IPA
(Piney River Brewing Company)
Piney River Brewing Company's Masked Bandit IPA is one of several new seasonal beers this southern Missouri brewery has recently put into cans. This small brewery makes a lot of great beers for craft beer lovers in the Ozarks and recently took home a well-deserved gold medal at this past GABF for their Old Tom Porter. We're looking forward to this one for sure!
From the Piney River Brewing site:
“In the Ozarks, the masked bandit is notorious for raiding the corn patch. Or, for finding—and eating—the perfectly ripe watermelon in the garden just before it's picked. Our handcrafted Masked Bandit India Pale Ale is a black rye IPA that is raccoon proof…as long as the raccoon in your neck of the woods isn't a hop head.”
Here we go...
Pour - dark auburn in appearance with a slightly tan head. Looks very quaffable, clean, and enticing.
Aroma - dank, chewy, piney, hop goodness hits the senses full on! The citra and centennial hops really shine and make this beer extremely aromatic. Hopheads take notice.
Taste - one sip and I'm smiling. Fresh, flavorful hops are in the foreground here and they do wonders for this beer. The rye adds a bit of spiciness and a dry finish. I am really digging the flavors of this beer, the hops provide an almost juicy quality and a resiny, bitterness for that perfect hop fix. WIth some of the black IPAs out there I get a slight taste of licorice or anise that I'm not overly fond of, Masked Bandit on the other hand is a smooth, very hoppy beer with a balanced malt background that compliments the hops quite well.
Overall - fantastic. The pungent hop aromas, the spicy rye malt, and the balance between bitter and sweet is done extremely well. Very crisp and clean, full-bodied, and delicious. Piney River is kicking out some incredible beers and flying under the radar of many craft beer lovers. This is definitely a beer to seek out or detour to enjoy at in the brewery's BARn. Cheers!
Note - Piney River's other winter seasonal is called Hot Date. This unique brew is an amber ale made with the addition of dates and chipotle peppers. Stay tuned for a review of that one soon. Cheers!
Posted by Russ
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