Free State Lovejoy IPA

Brewed by Free State Brewing Company
Lawrence, Kansas USA
6.8% India Pale Ale (IPA) | 17 Ratings | 62 IBU | Special Release |
"As long as I am an American citizen and American blood runs in these veins, I shall hold myself at liberty to speak, to write, and to publish whatever I please on any subject." An early abolitionist, champion of free speech and newspaper publisher, Elijah P. Lovejoy took his own words to heart and died living up to them. On three occasions, his printing press was destroyed by pro-slavery factions who wanted to stop his publishing of abolitionist views. In November of 1837 a pro-slavery mob convened on Lovejoy’s fourth printing press in Alton, Illinois with the intention of destroying it by fire. When Lovejoy attempted to intervene he was shot five times with a shotgun and died on the spot. Subsequently, Lovejoy was hailed as a martyr by the abolitionist movement. In response to the murder of Elijah P. Lovejoy, John Brown publicly vowed: “Here, before God, in the presence of these witnesses, from this time, I consecrate my life to the destruction of slavery!” History lesson aside, this flavorful IPA borrows much of its malt bill from the Homestead IPA. It departs from that beer in it’s uniquely American hop presence. Hopped with massive amounts of Centennial hops in flavor, aroma, and dry hop additions, Lovejoy IPA is a medium bodied, dark straw hop monster. The citrus character of Centennial hops can be best described as tropical fruit (a la Juicy Fruit). The fruity qualities marry with the clean maltiness and hint of sweetness provided by ethanol in this hefty IPA.

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Aroma is one of beer's most complex features. Aroma is propelled by lively CO2 and dampened by pillowy heads - especially nitrogen foam.

Malt
caramel bread hay cereal chocolate coffee nuts toast roasty

Hops
resin floral grass spruce citrus herbs

Yeast/Bacteria
dough barnyard cheese basement aromas leather earthy leaves

Other
alcohol banana bubblegum butterscotch clove cooked vegetables cough drop ginger licorice raisin rotten eggs soy sauce skunky smoke vanilla woody
Appearance is how a beer appeals to the eye and includes notes on color, the liquid's visual texture and the head -- the beer's foam top.

Color
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Liquid
clear hazy cloudy sparkling

Head
rocky frothy minimal white tan brown
Taste is what can be appreciated with the tongue. It's easy to mistake aromas for tastes -- the tongue only senses sweet, bitter, sour, salt and umami.

Sweet
light medium heavy

Bitter
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Sour
light medium heavy

Other
salty umami
The palate includes touch sensations on the lips, tongue, gums and roof of the mouth.

Body
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Texture
thin oily creamy sticky slick thick

Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
astringent bitter abrupt long

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