Guest Review: X-Pat IPA

Name: X-Pat IPA
Brewery: Fortnight Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Cary, North Carolina
Style: American IPA
Alcohol Content (ABV): 5.5%

OK y’all it’s been awhile, but I haven’t stopped drinking! I come to you with a beer that I’ve been looking froward to trying since the idea came up.

Some background first. Fortnight Brewing started as a group of Brits wanting to drink beer from their homeland. Stuart and Dave really missed a good bitter, so they homebrewed it. After a while, they nailed in their recipe, and snagged a talented brewer from The Olde Mecklenburg Brewing, and went full scale.

They had to make an IPA, but didn’t want to. So they came up with this: abase of English malt and American hops.

Appearance: This thing looks dark for an IPA, almost like an amber. Carbonation is exactly what you’d expect from an English brewery (low but tasty).

Aroma: I almost get coffee and chocolate beans, it throws you for a bit of a loop. I went in expecting dry hopping aromatics, but I get a dry, roasty, slick aroma. I like it because it’s different.

Taste: This is why I love this beer. The hops are so slick that they balance out a super dry, nutty malt bill. It took some serious hop additions to do do this, and they did it. Like a proper English beer, the flavor improved exponentially as it warmed, allowing some mango and other citrus fruits to come through.

Finish: The bittering and kettle hops make their statement here. It’s an IPA, and it finishes like one. Super roasty and resinous, this will satisfy any hop head.

Rating: 4.5/5

Final Thoughts: This is one interesting and tasty beer. The base is great, and the hop additions accentuate what is already a great beer.

Another win from Derrick.

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