Jon Walker wrote:I picked up a six the other day with the intention of doing a side by side tasting of this, the Liberty and the ST IPA. Recent discussions compelled me to do a comparison.
First up, the SI IPA. What the hell? This is batch FO48 (or is that FOV8..hard to read the chicken scrawl on the box lid). Almost no discernable hop nose was an early warning sign that something was amiss. The aroma used to burst out of the bottle. Colour is a light golden with very little head that disappears quite quickly leaving only the faintest trace. The taste...thin, ever so slight hop flavour but nothing identifiable. Pleasant finish that lingers slightly...but at best (if I didn't know what it was supposed to be) I'd classify this as a pale ale (not really even an APA). I'm not sure I can even do the comparison now...this is just so far off the mark from what I remember SI IPA being in its heyday.
Please, other thoughts and tastings of this batch would be appreciated. Were my tastebuds out of whack tonight or is this a "pale" comparison of what this beer used to be?
tuqueboy wrote:haven't had that batch, but could it be a freshness issue? i've found the Scotch-Irish stuff not to have a huge shelf life. From the code you mentioned, it sounds like this is an early June bottling.
Jon Walker wrote:
Shouldn't an early June batch bought in early July be pretty much as fresh as you can expect to get? ......
No I maintain that the beer has been on a downward roller coaster of style (rather than quality...this beer is reasonably tasty, just not an IPA) ever since Heritage bought it out (some may argue it started earlier than that). It's been all over the map and probably one of the most inconsistent local beers I've had EVER.
tuqueboy wrote:As far as the sliding style issue goes, I guess that's a judgement call. Playing devil's advocate, is it possible your tastebuds are changing and what once seemed boldly-hoppy now seems only meh?
tuqueboy wrote:toweringpine wrote: I am glad that the infamous Perry has a new project in the works. I am keen to try something from him.
um, don't know where you got that from. last i heard he was selling cars.
i'm sorry I am not great with posting links etc but I read on Bar Towel on the C'est What festival of small breweries thread that he will be heading up the 'Howling Wolf Brewery' before long. I hope it works out well as we can all use more good brewers trying to make the world a better place.
JesseM wrote: . . . It's a front for his heroine trafficking business . . .
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