Mercury Brewing Ipswich India Pale Ale
B+ / 4
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
In honor of IPA Day, I’m reviewing a new to me beer. A chilled bottle is poured into a pint glass. A big foam tan head rests atop of a clear light brown liquid. The serving temperature has caused my glass to fog up, but wiping away the condensation reveals some spare rising carbonation. The settling head leaves behind some good lacing.
The beer has a good hop aroma. It’s not too strong, but it is unmistakeably bitter. The hops are crisp and forest-like.
The beer has a tasty, solid flavor that is both true to style and very enjoyable. Floral hops mask a slight crystal sugar sweetness. The malts evolve into more of a brown sugar flavor, as the hops become more bitter, slightly oily, and piney. A bitter resin and a touch of alcohol linger on after swallowing.
Medium body and medium carbonation give the body a standard feel. The lack of stickiness and a coat that retains the bitterness well pushes the mouthfeel into the above average category.
I like this IPA a lot. I’ve had limited experience with Mercury and the Ipswich line, but this beer impressed me. I would certainly drink more of it—I’ll go as far to say that I will purchase a 6 pack next time I’m in Massachusetts. If you are able to, you should give this beer a try.