One of my personal goals is to try as many of the top best beers the world has to offer. Sure, it gives me something to write about on this blog, but this blog also acts as a record of my experiences for my own reflection. In that spirit, I reached into the fridge and grabbed a bottle of Green Flash Brewing’s West Coast IPA.
Very sharp hop aroma, not floral at all, almost bitter in the smell. The first thing you taste is the hops; extremely bitter, almost astringent. Again, not floral at all. The first sip brings you back in for more, but it becomes increasingly difficult to drink. No super rich maltiness as found in some other IPA, any malt sweetness is lost in a smack across the face of bitter hops.
As a homebrewer this reminds me of the challenge the super high alpha hops bring to brewing. Lost is the flavor, the subtlety of the hop and all you’re left with are the alpha acids. I consider myself a hop head, I’ll bury my face in a fresh sack of hops and not come up for air for minutes, but this isn’t pleasant.
I’m confused, this beer won the national IPA competition. How? Maybe I got a bad bottle. I don’t know, but I owe this one a second chance.