Thursday, April 4, 2013

Beer Review - Northwest Hoodoo Midwest Wet Hop IPA


North Peak Brewing Company - Hoodoo Midwest Wet Hop IPA

Beer Type: American Double/Imperial IPA - 9% ABV

Appearance: Cute little 12oz bottle in the typical North Peak style (white label, one color background, something in the middle). Beer poured a cloudy tan/burnt orange color with a thin beige head.      

Smell: I can smell some spicy hops before I ever put this near my sniffer! Closer sniffing gives me piney hops, some citrus, and again a trace of "spice".

First Drink:
Strong bitter hop flavor up front followed by sour citrus notes and finishing with a cleaner "pine" hops flavor.  

A bit tacky/sticky in my mouth but the carbonation is nice. A good sippin' beer.  

Last Drink:
A wider variety of citrus coming out now with some grapefruit and orange peel flavors. No real sense of the high ABV but I can feel the "warming" sensation. More sweet malt comes through in the end as well. Nicely varied.          

Drinkability: Full of interesting flavors and sensations you can't really go wrong with this brew... unless you aren't a fan of strong IPA!          

Notes: I dig this Michigan brewery. One of my favorites and this beer is a good example of why.          

Verdict: 4.25 out of 5. A lot going on here for a style that is mostly about high ABV and lots of hops! Now what the heck is a "wet hop IPA"??