Even though we are a relatively young website, we are continually amazed by the growth of craft beer in Virginia. It usually happens when we sit down on Sunday nights and pull out our notes from the past week and go ‘I can’t believe we haven’t reviewed anything from this company before.” One of the things we talked about when we first started was that we were going to branch out and look at all the breweries around the state. Well we continue that mission with a brewery we are seeing a lot more these days, and for very good reason.
Graffiti House, Old Bust Head Brewing Company (Warrenton, VA)
American IPA, ABV: 7.5%
Presentation: Bottle pour into tasting glass.
Appearance: Orangish, slightly hazy, very little off-white head which laces more than sits.
Aroma: A little tough to pin down as there is a lot going on. First nose was citrus with a little pine. Second was hoppy/bready/tropical fruit. Any combination could all be in that realm.
Taste: Really assertive mango-grapefruit front, moves into solid hoppy middle and back in. Slight bread and citrus notes towards end.
ABV/IBU Mouthfeel: Medium body, not chewy but lingering mouthfeel has plenty of hop flavor to it. ABV is noticeable, but not a detriment.
Overall: Really think that Old Bust Head has something great here. We talk a lot about flagships with breweries. Something you can build a solid foundation of beers around. I think that if there is one beer that they can really get out there to new markets, this would be the one. I don’t know if this is a West Coast IPA, but there is definitely a West Coast ‘influence’ on this beer with the hops forward vs. balancing approach. However you want to define it, this is a solid year-rounder we hope to see more of.