This past Friday I took part in judging the IPA category for the Great International Beer Festival in Providence, RI. I judged 15 beers in the first round, and another 11 or so in the finals. The winners for this category were:
- Battle Axe IPA, Kelsen Brewing, Derry, NH
- Juggernaut IPA, Northampton Brewing, Northampton, MA
- Greyhound IPA, Northampton Brewing, Northampton, MA
Congrats to Northhampton Brewing. Gotta get me some of their stuff!!! A full list of all winners from all categories can be found here.
Tonight I’m recovering from watching the latest episode of The Walking Dead with a can of Mispillion River Reach Around IPA. This is the first beer I’ve had from this Delaware-based brewery. My buddy Greg brought this back for me, following a business trip he made to the area a couple months back.
The beer is reasonably drinkable; it’s light in body, even with a 6% ABV. For an American IPA, it’s mildly hoppy. I do get a bit of a funky aftertaste, which is difficult to describe, but I’m not a fan of. The label boasts “huge hop flavor”, which led me to check the can for a canned-on date. May 12, 2015….five months ago. It took 6 years of blogging, but I’ve learned that 5 months is a LONG time for an IPA to sit around. File this review under: shit, I should have checked the label before I started typing 20 minutes ago.