Wednesday, January 15th 2014
(Roughtail Brewing Company)
Roughtail IPA is one of three beers that Roughtail Brewing is currently canning. This Oklahoma brewery opened its doors last year and has since been brewing up some very well-received beers. We definitely dig their can designs and are looking forward to our first tastes of their beers! Cheers!
From the Roughtail Brewing site:
"Our flagship IPA is brewed to kick your taste buds in the ass and leave your palate begging for mercy. Pine, resin, and citrus aromas leap out of the glass. The extreme bitterness hits next, to give you your fix. The finish is dry, clean, and leaves you wanting more. We put a crazy amount of hops into this beer just for you, fellow hop heads. Enjoy."
Here we go...
Pour - darker amber in color with some suspended yeast and a fluffy inch of head on top. Lacing inside the glass is pretty impressive with this beer. Wow. Okay, let's do this.
Aroma - wow, talk about a huge amount of fresh hop aroma streaming out of the can! You can almost taste it. Loads of pine, oranges, pineapple, and other tropical smells that are just fantastic.
Taste - one taste and the IBUs are at work. The palate really gets a hop workout almost immediately. This is sticky, resiny, and chewy with an absolute ton of bitter hoppy goodness that will have you licking your teeth. Very balanced with a solid malt backbone, this almost drinks like a bigger beer than it is.
Overall - these guys aren't messing around when it comes to making an IPA for IPA lovers. This is a very solid example of the most popular style of craft beer in America and it shouldn't get lost in the crowd. With an absolute train load of hop aroma and flavor Roughtail IPA hits all the marks. If you favor beers that are of the hoppy persuasion than this one is certainly worthy of your wishlist.
Note - Roughtail Brewing takes its name from the rought-tailed gecko which although not native, can now be found in Texas and the American Southwest. The brewery's founders felt that reptile's look and demeanor embodied what their brewing style was all about.
Posted by Russ
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