Tonight I’m ridiculously amped up for the Bruins game. I couldn’t wait to get out of work to start pregaming. First stop – liquor store! I picked up the old standby (‘Gansett tall boys) and a six pack of Brooklyn Summer Ale. If you missed my review the other night of the Brooklyn Summer, you have to read it. This stuff RULES.
We are 90 minutes from puck drop and I’m a single tall-boy deep. I better bang out a review before things get too interesting. Seems like I’ve been on quite a run of Vermont-made beers, so let’s keep it going with some Otter Creek Black IPA. The last Otter Creek was a couple of days ago and really did not impress.
This Black IPA smells like crazy citrus. I’m expecting a major grapefruit bomb in my mouth. annnnd….NOPE! I’m shocked. Grapefruit? Yes. Bomb? No! It starts off with that “I’m gonna F your mouth up with hops” taste, however it quickly mellows out. Most black IPAs that I have tried are balanced out with roasted malts and the malts are very noticeable. With the Otter creek, it’s so well balanced that the bitter hops get toned down without the addition of any malty characteristics. Delicious and magical!
Three thumbs up.