Stegmaier IPA

Stegmaier Brewing Co.
Wilkes-Barre, PA
IPA

A slightly tawny head gurgles up above the brew, but quickly settles down as sediment swirls below. The beer is hazy but lets a little light through. The color is butterscotch with touches of burnt copper. The nose is more English style pale than true IPA. A sweet caramel malt aroma frames a floral hop aroma of lavender and paperwhites.

The mouthfeel is very good; the malt emerges fully without producing a cloying coating effect. Some mild, fine carbonation thins out the malt and allows citrus and green wood flavors of the hops to come about. The finish is dry and bitter, without being anywhere near sere. Despite being nearly 7%, there is virtually no heat from the alcohol. This is an awesome East Coast IPA. So awesome, it gets an Awesome tag. Nice work, Steg.

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