Thursday, January 08, 2015

The Annex Sour IPA

Sour IPAs are one of those weird hybrid beer styles that should not work. One of the basic characteristics of a proper IPA is the caramel malt profile that provides a base for the resinous hops to build upon. Sour beers tend to shine best when you get that unripened tart fruitiness that you can feel deep within the jaw.

So whenever you cross styles like this one of the most important things to look for is balance and respecting the individual styles represented. It's not always easy to create a beer that can properly represent both styles equaly, but when it works it can be a thing of beauty.

The kids over at the Annex have done just that. They somehow managed to create a sour IPA that marries the best of both worlds. This new creation pours a somewhat hazy apricot color with a thin to moderate amount of foam. Citrus and floral hops dominate the nose with a bit of sour dryness beneath. Look for sour green apples on the tongue with a bit of flowery bitterness and resiny citrus peel slightly underneath. The beer is not overwhelming sour, but there is some puckering. A refreshing and bold way to start-off 2015. 4.0% This only at the Annex right now, it may end up at bars with an Annex seasonal handle.

Cheers!

4 comments:

kent said...

Woot Woot! Judging from all the Untappd comments I saw, this one is a winner. Can't wait to try it.

Diamond Mind said...

I guess I better get down there!!

rob@microbusbrewery.org said...

Does anyone know if this the one they did with Jason Yester from Trinity Brewing?

Mikey said...

@ Rob. No this is all local. The Trinity colab will not be available in Utah. It was a keg only beer.