The other beer that my buddy dropped off was the Crank Yanker IPA from Eddyline Brewing. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t that psyched when he dropped that and the River Runner off, since neither are really in my beer wheelhouse, but how could I not try locally brewed beers that come in badass 16 ounce cans? Rad microbrew pounders = AWESOME.
I did give a couple of these away, more because I happened to have folks over who really, really love IPAs, than that I was trying to get rid of them. When I finally opened one of these, I found it both sweet and bitter, not just bitter your face off; if more IPAs were like this I would drink them more. Eddyline has a couple of lagers that I’d like to try as well, especially their black lager – called the Jolly Roger it sounds awesome.
Appearance: Nice clear orange/gold color with medium bubbles. Not much head, maybe a centimeter at the most, what is there is very creamy and beige in color. Really nice lacing as you drink
Smell: Super strong aroma during the pour, but once its in the glass, not near as strong. Definite citrus notes, a little sweet.
Taste/Mouthfeel: Has a sweet malt start; the hops take a second to kick in, but are very strong with citrus and floral notes through the middle of each sip and on the swallow. The aftertaste is surprisingly clean for such a hoppy beer. Not super carbonated.
Overall: Either my tastes are evolving or this is a fairly sweet and malty IPA. I definitely wouldn’t call it sessionable, but it is smooth and refreshing. Like most IPAs I wouldn’t want to have more than one or two since it is big, both in booze (7.0% ABV) and flavor. For an IPA, not bad, not bad at all.Stats:
Brewery: Eddyline Brewing, Buena Vista, CO