What’s the best thing about being part of an independent website? You get to write about what you want. I could ramble on about the effect of dust mites on interior wooden structures or 16th century Polish rulers, but we tend to stick to beer. And that extends to beer reviews and what we choose to write about. With no oversight, it means that we don’t have to review the newest thing out there or are paid to write about bad beer. While we tend towards writing about what is new on the scene or hard to find brews, this one isn’t about any of those. It’s a brew that is very well known in most Virginian sewing circles and crushed at an event I hosted just a few weeks ago. And since we can pretty much do whatever we want, I get to talk about it today.
Minute Man IPA, Three Notch’d Brewing Company (Charlottesville, VA)
New England Style IPA, 7.0% ABV, 20 IBU
Presentation: Tasting glass for test, straight out of the can afterwards. (more on that later)
Appearance: Deep orange/reddish-orange, slightly hazy, but fine hazy, orangish white head that sits up for a second and lightly laces.
Aroma: Citrus, citrus, and more citrus. While orange is what is easy to pull out, you can get some lemon/lime even grapefruit as it warms up a little. Very little green hoppy notes if you are patient.
Taste: The hop profile is front and center, although there isn’t any bitterness to it. Slight dank leads into huge citrus profile front to back. If you are picking up the fruit in the aroma, that’s pretty much what you are going to taste.
ABV/IBU Mouthfeel: Here’s where this one stands out. It is about as smooth and crushable as a ‘NE IPA’ gets. It is also much clearer than most NEIPAs that you will see at breweries. Your mouthfeel will get that slight sharpness but not bitterness from the hops. For 7% you would think that the ABV would take over, but it is covered up, which is dangerous for a beer this smooth. IBU is all you get, but again, it is muted outside of the citrus overtones.
Overall: I would usually recommend a session or AIPA to get someone to venture into the hoppy world of beers. It’s usually a little clean and the bitterness, what turns off most lager drinkers, it at a minimum. This is my new ice-breaker. It is smooth and citrusy enough that people take a second look at it and it is a good change of pace beer year round as it is clean enough for the summer and just hoppy enough for the winter. You can find this anywhere, and it’s been there for a while as well. No-brainer.