Instant Beer Review: Fresh Hop IPA

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WHAT? New Belgium’s ‘Lips of Faith’ Fresh Hop IPA

THEY’RE FROM WISCONSIN, RIGHT? No, you’re thinking of New Glarus. Don’t worry, I get that a lot.

WHERE YOU BE AT? Dexter’s Pub. And let’s please use proper grammar when posing questions, shall we? People actually read this.

SURE, DUDE. IF YOU SAY SO. Thanks. Where were we?

HOW’S THE BEER? Here’s what the website has to say:

A truckload of fresh hops on a midnight run from Washington State to Northern Colorado made it to our kettles just in time. Fresh Hop IPA is a citrus punch of the green stuff: Amarillo, Centennial and Cascade hops straight off the vine. This brazen and deliciously bitter IPA pours deeply golden with the slight haze of a really hoppy beer. The fresh hops poke you right in the nose and the liquid hits your tongue with a sharp blast, finishing light and dry. This is the hop harvest, in a glass, just for you.

OKAY, WHAT DO YOU THINK? Huh?

STOP EAVESDROPPING ON THE SEXUALLY FRUSTRATED LESBIANS NEXT TO YOU AND FOCUS! Okay, sorry. I’m back. Uh, what?

THE BEER! Oh! Yes. Of course. It’s very good–worth the price ($6.25 for a 10oz. pour, which is expensive to most Wisconsinites). It has a really nice, clean hoppy flavor, without being overly bitter. The beer is very refreshing, light-bodied enough to make it a really nice warm weather sipper.

WHAT’S THE ABV? A solid 7%. Not as high as I would’ve expected, frankly.

WHAT’S THE DEAL WITH THE ‘LIPS OF FAITH’ LINE? I’m not sure, and I’m too lazy to research it further. It’s Sunday. I’m unmotivated. Can I get back to you on that?

WOW. Deal with it.

DEEP THOUGHTS? The beer snobs who shun New Belgium because of the phenomenally annoying success of their flagship, Fat Tire, owe it to themselves to give their other brews a go. This brewery has a lot more to offer.

WAIT, IS THAT MALCOLM MCDOWELL GUEST STARRING ON CSI: MIAMI??! Yup. It sure is. How the mighty have fallen. Time to shove off!