Sunday, November 4, 2012

Carolina Brewery Flagship IPA

More and more we’re seeing beer breweries canning beer. Here is one example of canned beer, Carolina Flagship IPA, 5.9% ABV. Flagship is a 2006 Great American Beer Festival English-style IPA gold medal winner. They accomplish the taste of the Flagship IPA from a generous dry hopping of Cascade Hops. Flagship pours an amber/copper color with a one finger of white head. The head fades quickly into small lacing. There is some light coming though the glass with a nice amount of carbonation. The aroma is floral with nice bitter citrus notes and a tiny herbal scent. The taste is a nice ripe bittersweet grapefruit and grapefruit juice. There is bitterness from the generous hops. There also is a slight orange juice flavor there, but a little bitter orange. The mouth feel is light to medium, leaving a nice quick taste in your mouth. Flagship does clean up nice and doesn’t linger on your tongue or in your mouth. This IPA does finish nice with a big bitter grapefruit taste that is real nice, and goes right into the aftertaste. The aftertaste is smooth with big grapefruit notes and touch of a floral note. This is a solidly brewed classic IPA, and a prime example of a good IPA. I am giving this an A. If you’ve never had an IPA this is a perfect IPA style beer to try. The entire flavors are balanced just right and come together well, make for a nice drinkable IPA. I totally recommend this IPA. I would love to have this again! So should you! Remember to come on over to Mike’s Discount Beverages 4700 Park Rd, Charlotte NC 28209. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!

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