New Realm Brew­ing Ho­p­lan­dia

Craft Beer & Brewing Magazine - - American Ipa -

LOC: At­lanta, Ge­or­gia ABV: 7.3% | IBUS: 75 | SRM: N/A

What the brewer says

“De­vel­oped by New Realm’s leg­endary Brew­mas­ter Mitch Steele, Ho­p­lan­dia is hoppy with a clas­sic piney, resiny, and cit­rusy hops profile and a mild malt char­ac­ter in both nose and taste. Bit­ter­ness is smooth but sub­stan­tial, and it fin­ishes dry but with a bal­anced body. Mitch says, ‘It’s every­thing I want in an IPA. It’s pleas­antly bit­ter yet drinks smoothly and has a won­der­ful blend of hops fla­vors dom­i­nat­ing the aroma, taste, and fin­ish.’ ”

What our panel thought

Aroma: “Soft but com­plex fruity hops char­ac­ter. Light cit­rus and flo­ral, some grassy notes with cherry and trop­i­cal fruit in the back­ground.” Fla­vor: “A nice bal­ance of grainy sweet­ness with a hint of caramel and trop­i­cal-fruit hops fla­vors. There’s also a pleas­ant grape­fruit hops fla­vor with a bit of pine to back it. Ob­vi­ous bit­ter­ness, but not too harsh. Bit­ter af­ter­taste sug­gests an­other sip is a good idea.” Over­all: “A bit in be­tween the Old School Amer­i­can Cen­ten­nial–hops IPAS and the mod­ern trop­i­cal vari­ants, this has nice com­plex­ity through­out with great struc­ture and bal­ance.”

AROMA: 11 AP­PEAR­ANCE: 3 FLA­VOR: 20 MOUTH­FEEL: 4 OVER­ALL: 10 95

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