Sunday, June 29, 2014

Bent Brewstillery Moar Scottish Session IPA (nka Historical India Pale Ale)

This is a Scottish Session IPA (whatever that is supposed to be) from the Bent Brewstillery of Roseville, Minnesota. It is 4.4% ABV with 44 IBU's. The bottle tells us to "Drink Moar, Think Less!"

The beer pours an orange-tinted honey golden in color. There is a tall, foamy, bubbly head of  off-white. No, I don’t really know what a Scottish Session IPA is supposed to be as a style, but a huge, foaming bottle-conditioned type head seems incongruous to a Scottish beer, a session beer, or most IPA’s. The aroma is tangy, citrusy, a bit of maltiness, a bit yeasty, with an off soapy note. The taste follows the aromas, with the soapiness even more intense in the taste. Something is not right here.  It has the fine and intense carbonation of a bottle-conditioned beer. I suspect an inadvertent secondary fermentation in the bottle that was not by design. I’ve liked their other beers I have tried, but this one fails. (Tried it again in 2015, see below.)

2015- So the beer is now in a can, and is now called a Historical India Pale Ale. It is 4.7% ABV and 47 IBU's. The beer pours honey golden with apricot tints. It has a tall, raggedly foamy head of white. The aroma is fruity, tropical, jasmine tea. The taste follows the aromas, fruit and tea over a lightly toasted caramel malt. There is a bit of pine on the finish as the beer progresses. The finish is lightly to moderately bitter. This beer drinks easy and refreshing. There was definitely something off about the bottle, because this was very nice.

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