Hello all. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday last week. I had an insanely busy week, which started with having to complete my cover-piece for Yankee Brew News early in the week and ended with going to the Patriot’s game yesterday. The holiday itself was busy as well, with trips to New Hampshire, Western Massachusetts, and Vermont. Frankly, I’m happy to be back at work! I received a number of beery gifts, which I will be writing about in the coming days and weeks. For today, I’m catching up on a review of a beer I drank at least 2-3 weeks ago.
Baxter Bootleg Fireworks is an Imperial IPA that my buddy Greg shared with me. First off, the can on this bad-boy rules. Very good artwork, and I like the sideways design – eye catching! I also love the fact that this comes in a tall-boy can. For me, Imperial IPAs are a tough category to judge. With the likes of heavy hitters such as Heady Topper, Wormtown Hopulence and Hill Farmstead Abner (just to name a few), I consider this style to be the equivalent of the heavyweight class in boxing.
While Bootleg fireworks doesn’t quite match up to the aforementioned contenders, it is a very solid beer. The 9% ABV brew packs a nice citrus wallop and has some malt balancing, although frankly not enough. Most certainly worth trying if you’re a hop head and love imperial IPAs.