Monday, December 31, 2012

Madhouse Iowa Hops IPA 2012

This 7.5% ABV beer is from the Madhouse Brewing Company of Newton, Iowa. It uses Centennial and Cascade hops which were all grown in the State of Iowa. This has a different ABV and appears to be a different beer (although the same concept) as the previous release of the Iowa Grown IPA.

The beer pours a deep copper and amber in color. There is an inch of thick and creamy off-white head. The aroma is orange, grapefruit and pine over caramel malt. The taste follows the aromas, with lots of citrus, particularly orange and grapefruit, tropical fruit, including light pineapple, pine and smooth caramel malt. There is a nice sweet grassiness on the finish. The bitterness is mild for the style, like a sweet grapefruit. This has all kinds of subtle flavors going on and is excellent!

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