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Northwest Passage IPA by Flat Earth Brewing Company
American IPA
6.50 % ABV


 
Review by tavernjef on 12/01/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 15 3 7 2010
Very clear medium golden peachy tinted hue with an overtly large, unescapeable foam explosion that grows with a supply and demand beyond the production of the liquid. Finally it settles to huge half inch dull white thick, fluffy foam. Minimal lacing in a few spots and stumpy strings.

Aroma is mostly cardboardish meshed with a high pine lemony citrus and dry balsalm fir.

Taste is crisp and easy going with a mild tone of hops and malts. Cereal grains, biscuity edgyness, toasted sweet oat and crystal malt sweetness carries a under side with a delicate smooth touch. Letting in just the right amount of hops to buzz about with some squeezed in pithy bitterness from lemon and white grapefruit. Light dusty pine airs within the finish. A Hop bomb it ain't, but does render a decent play of bitterness.

Clean and mild, lighter medium body that grows in radius as it goes with a bit more strength once it reaches the finish and after the first few intial sips. But its mostly bitterness then malt, and not really placed on a scale of hop complexity.

A simple going, smooth drinking IPA with a bit of complex craft to it; that to me seems to lean more towards the English style then American. Still pretty good though, and the bomber is the perfect size for sessioning this stuff.

Price: $4.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by bakes on 06/16/09  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 8 16 4 7 2009
Thanks to Tip Top for the growler!

Flat Earth, not flat beer - this is one carbonated brew. More head than you'll see on Beale Street during Mardi Gras. Vast, foamy head that eventually settles into a rocky white foam on a brilliant gold liquid. If not for the initial vigorosity it'd be 3/3. Aroma has bready malts, toasty, with an apricot/pine hoppiness.

Different from the run of the mill IPAs - more bitter, more toasty, less "grapefruits attacking my nose" - and really enjoyable for it. Starts with a spicy, prickly hoppiness - pine, bitter apricot - followed by a toasty malt I usually associate with a harvest ale. Actually, it reminds me a bit of Brown's Harvest Ale, a fresh hop brew, in that both have layers of coarse leafy bitterness with a fallen leaves sort of flavor - a toasty smell like when you rake dry leaves is the best way I can describe it. Hints of apricot and dryish caramel towards the end, maybe a whiff of dry roast coffee? Finishes with a solid ripping bitterness on the tongue and a toasty leafy flavor. Medium mouthfeel, the high level of carbonation not appearing in the body of the brew.

Different take on an IPA, and very likeable

Served In: Pint Glass

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