Review - Gritty McDuffs's 21 IPA
"Just in time for the “big” weather is the “big” bottle of Gritty’s new 21 IPA. Gritty’s “21 IPA” is a unique blend of American hops with a British body utilizing English 2-Row Pale malts. This IPA starts out with a hoppy aroma and taste; ending with a sweet finish. Plenty of Munich and caramalts are used to give the beer that golden hue. There are fifty-six pounds of Cascade Hops used in each 50 barrel batch that is brewed! Then we finish the beer with Willamette & Warrior Hops, (Warrior is a high-alpha acid variety of hops) All this leads to an IPA that is worthy to celebrate our 21st Anniversary!" -- Gritty McDuffs
Pours a light to medium amber color producing a very large, off-white frothy head. Still body with excellent clarity. Super sticky lacing clings to the glass above the slowly diminishing head. Aroma is loaded with diacytel providing a ton of buttery notes of moderate strength, overpowering the light grassy hops. Very inviting. Initial taste is lightly bitter with a ton of butter overtones, but the bitterness ramps up quickly slicing through the butter like a hot knife to leave a lasting impression of hops on the back of the throat. Medium bodied, it is creamy and smooth with active carbonation, leaving the mouth slightly dry.
Reviewed on January 26th, 2009.