Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy 20th Anniversary/or Birthday Ipswich (aka Mercury Brewing)

Ipswich 20th Anniversay Imperial Pale Ale

Hey Ipswich, You'll be of legal drinking age in less than one year!

22 0z Dark brown bottle. No freshness date noticed.
Served in a Sam Adams fluted glass.
It pours a cloudy dark amber color with a fast-fading beige head and some sticky, trailing lacing.
It's got an IPA-amount of hoppiness to the nose. Grapefruit, and lemon zest citrus smells ride atop a solid grainy malty aromas. A late whiff of alcohol enters, as done a faint smell of oranges. A smell of wild flowers finishes.
The flavors mirror the smells in every way. A bit of a resinous hop bitterness is noticed in the aftertaste.
The 8% ABV is no surprise, in fact it tastes stronger than it is.
This brew goes well with sharp aged cheddar.