Review: Propeller IPA – John Allen Brewing Co.

 

Stats:

6.5%ABV/ 68 IBUs / Hops: Warrior & Amarillo / Malts: Pale, Crystal & Wheat 

Reviewed from 11.5oz / 341mL bottle 

Appearance:

2 finger off-white frothy head. Dark Gold / med-light amber body. Medium carbonation (small bubbles). Totally clear: no sediment or haze.

Aroma:

Roasted and sweet malt. Medicinal hop notes. Fruit (figs, red apple). Some pine as beer gets warm. 

Taste:

Hop bitter up front followed by caramel malt note. Briefly gives way to a fruitiness before finishing bitter. Reminiscent of a hoppier ESB. Sweetness in background is sharp like white sugar. 

Mouthfeel:

Slightly sticky / Medium Viscosity.

Comments 

A great departure from the now familiar West-Coast IPA. English style malt sweetness disguises the hopping level somewhat (I would not have guessed this beer was clocking in at 68 IBUs). Comparisons could be made to a hoppy English Strong Ale or Winter Warmer (think Wellington’s Iron Duke). If I have any complaint about this beer at all it would be that the sweet note (possibly coming from the wheat) stands out a little strongly and doesn’t necessarily blend seamlessly with the rest of the flavours. That said, this beer was definitely brewed with care and comes off as something unique rather than a compromise between two styles and traditions. 

Food Pairing

This would do very well with something spicy but substantial like a beef curry or hearty chilli. As for cheeses, I would pick something sharp like an older cheddar. 

Rating

8.5/10 

 

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