Saturday, July 2, 2016

Trouble Brewing Cat's Away IPA

Walmart now sells a proprietary "craft" beer sampler, from Trouble Brewing of Rochester, New York (guessing contract brewed by Genesee). The 12 pack sampler contains four different beers: a pale ale, amber ale, IPA, and white ale. This is the 5.9% ABV India Pale Ale.

The beer pours amber and a light copper in color. There is a tall, thick, foamy head of white to just off-white. The aroma is citrusy and grassy, light apricot-blueberry. The taste is mostly citrus and grassy, over toasted malt, with a bit of apricot. The finish is dry with a moderate bitterness. It is very tangy on the finish, starting with a grapefruit and lemon quality, but veering a touch into metallic in the aftertaste. The beer drinks smooth with a soft, yet stinging carbonation. This is not a great IPA, but this is a style that store brands really struggle with. While it will not wow you with its taste, this one is at least crushable in most respects.

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