NOLA Brewing Co. Syncopation – American IPA at 6% ABV

NOLA Brewing Co. Syncopation American IPA at 6% ABV (US$3.36 at Specs Main Houston, 355 ml, packaged on 16-Feb-2018, acquired 3-Mar-2018, reviewed 9-Mar-2018)

Appearance: cloudy pale amber with one fat finger of rocky pale ivory head, good retention and stringy moderate lacing. (3/5) Aroma: juicy citrus & tropical fruit, caramel, light earthy pine. (9/10) Taste: moderate sweet, moderate bitter, light tart. (8/10) Palate: medium body, moderate carbonation, medium duration finish. (4/5)

A little muddy in appearance, perhaps due to it being unfiltered and double dry hopped? Way better than their Hopitoulas Pale despite being lower in ABV, and verging on a decent interpretation of the NEIPA style with juicy citrus leading the way. The bitterness is well balanced, and there’s a mild tartness in the finish that adds to the overall “juice” character. If this were as pretty as Hopitoulas, it might’ve been a nine, but as it is it’s “just” a very strong eight. (16/20)

8/10 #ryansbooze

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