According to the label, Leatherlips India Pale Ale from the Haverhill Brewery is chalk-full of “Centennial and Chinook” hops. I have no idea what these kinds of hops are, but I’m assuming that the brew is going to pack a hoppy whollop.
The label of the beer was what first attracted me to it. A long-haired red-head dressed in leather and holding a beer would attract anyone, however I am a special case. My wife is a red-head.
Upon the first sip, I realize that I am in for a ride…on the hop-head roller coaster. The taste starts with bitter citrus hops, and ends with just plain bitter. I don’t know what the IBU is on this puppy, but I’m guessing it is 100+.
I wouldn’t call myself a hop-head (yet), however I’ve become accustomed to drinking high IBU brews. I’m hoping that this one gets more mild as it warms. If it doesn’t, that’s OK too. One way or another, I recommend it to those of you who really enjoy “the bitter”.