It seems nowadays every craft brewery has to have at least 4 IPAs on tap just to be taken seriously. Because of this, the market is just saturated with India Pale Ales that it (1) makes it hard for new breweries to get on local taps and (2) a lot of tap real estate is being used to carry IPAs that other, maybe better, variety of beers are getting knocked out. But when I came across the Missile IPA from Champion Brewing Company in a restaurant in Newport News, and the only IPA on tap, something had to be special about it. And it was very, very solid.
Missile IPA, Champion Brewing Company (Charlottesville, VA)
IPA, ABV: 7%, IBU: 65
Presentation: Tap pour into pint glass.
Appearance: Amber to copper, clear, white head dissipating medium-fast.
Taste: It has strong piney taste with a hint of lemon-grass/citrus on the back end. With an IBU of 65, it is going to be bitter, but that number seems low, as it has some serious malt that accentuates the hops.
ABV: The Missile IPA is on the higher end of traditional English India Pale Ales, which further adds to the overall bite.
Overall: You need to put this beer into perspective. If you like IPAs like 60 Minute, you might think it’s little bitter. If you like IPAs like Hop Devil, you might not think that it has enough hops. It settles right down in the middle of those two, even though just looking at the raw numbers, it should be on the smoother end of IPAs. Take out your grill, get a huge steak, and pour a glass of Missile. Saturday solved.