An Austinite's Quest to Find the Best Hoppy Beer in Austin
7th Anniversary Oak Aged English IPA
Brewery: Independence Brewing Co.
Hops: Columbus, Cascade, East Kent Golding
Color: Dark hazy, light orange
Appearance - 8
As you can see, it's a very attractive beer with a beautiful white head with very tight bubbles. With the light orange color, I feel like it could have benefited from being a little more clear though.
Aroma - 9
This may have been a perfect combination of earthiness and citrus as far as my nose is concerned.
Hop Usage - 8
In 2011 Columbus sailed the ale...whoops, wrong Columbus. The combination of Cascade and East Kent Golding can really fight with each other if not done properly. Michael Waters obviously knows what he's doing because instead of a bare knuckle boxing match, we have synchronized swimming.
Overall Flavor - 18
I seriously thought my taste buds were going to explode when I first tasted this beer. A LOT going on here. At first sip there was a lot of citrus and a bit of a 'bite.' Not a Jaws bite, just a little puppy bite. There was also a grassy/earthy bitterness, creamy texture, and a nicely balanced oak-y finish. Bravo Indy, Bravo.
Total - 43