When I was at Total Wine in Florida, the wife and I went through the American craft beer section and looked at mainly IPAs, which are probably my favourite style of beer. We picked up some known brewers and some independent brewers and some craft beers from major companies. Then, sitting all alone on the shelf, the wife saw a bottle with a blue and white graffiti style label. “Punk IPA, you had that?” My ears perked up. I had not, but I had heard about it and am very interested. Oh, and why is a Scottish beer in the American section (answer: It’s imported by Anchor Brewing)
The label had a plethora of words on it, explaining why a Scottish brewery was making an American IPA, that they are VERY independent (thus the distribution deal with Anchor) and how they made the beer. Glad I read that before I drank it. It poured our your typical IPA colour; a light amber/dark orange colour with an off white head. What wasn’t ordinary was the tremendous amount of sediment that came out with the beer. I let it sit for a while to let it all fall to the bottom…..but it didn’t. It just sat there, suspended in the beer like a gel candle. Amazing.
The smell was all IPA with a mix of hops and sweetness. I was expecting it to be a little on the harsh side due to the sediment. The last beer that I had like that, Lake Effect IPA, was harsh, but good. (It was on my 2013 Top 10) What I got from this was beyond anything I’ve had in a long time. The taste was unreal! It started off like a mild IPA; a little sweet, a little bitter. In the middle it got to be all hops and was kinda dry for a while. It ended all bitter. The mother-in-law asked to try it and said it was very bitter, but ok….then went back to her Budweiser.
The entire time I was drinking this beer, I was making sounds of “enjoyment”, such that if you couldn’t see I was drinking a beer, you’d think I was….
ABSOLUTELY on the 2014 Top 10 List for me. Never a doubt. Now I just need to find it again.