In “Other Brewery’s Brews” I will present tasting notes and/or thoughts about beers that creatively inspire me.
Fair warning to my brewer friends. Do not give me a beer to review unless you want my bald faced honest impression. I'm not going to publish it if I have a bad impression (unless you insist), but I'll tell you what I think. And I dump a good many beers that other people will finish. So full disclosure, my friend Easton, whom I have known since his first few homebrews, makes this beer. He's the pro-brewer at Iron Fist Brewing Company. Which means he should know how to make good beer and he'll get no gentleness - he asked for my honest feedback.
Appearance: Golden yellow, slightly hazy. Soft white head. Falls leaving fine lace.
Aroma: Clean and slightly sweet saltine like malt aromas. Character of savory herbs and chrysanthemum tea. Mustard and white pepper spiciness. Wulong tea sweet/fruitiness haunts the background.
Taste: Clean and restrained malt character. Bracing peppery and astringent bitterness, finishing long and dry like pomelo pith. Notes of a unifying savory herbal marker from beginning to end like Bay.
Mouthfeel: Light body begins fresh and slightly slick, moves quick to dry and spicy. Followed by a long crisply astringent finish.
Overall Impression: First let me say that Nelson Sauvin is one of my least favorite hops. It usually reminds me of French Onion Soup. So when my friend Easton - who brews this beer - told me I should try it, I warned him. He said, "I get the onion/garlic thing, but it's not in this beer."
You're right Easton, no onion soup characters at all. It's a helluva good IPA tilted "extra pale ale". On top of that, it's bottle conditioned. Clean and crisp, loaded with herbal and peppery notes, and a hop sticky astringent finish. Feels like a ridiculously simple grain bill and probably a single hop. Very well done and very easily drinkable.
In fact, I'll have another - just to confirm my high opinion.