Free State Meuse River IPA

Brewed by Free State Brewing Company
Lawrence, Kansas USA
- India Pale Ale (IPA) | 2 Ratings | 50 IBU |
The name refers to the European river that flows north from France, through the center of Belgium, before draining into the North Sea in the Netherlands. Made with Pilsner, Wheat, CaraHell, Acidulated, and Crystal malts that harmonize in a medium bodied, copper-colored ale enhanced by a soft, silky mouth-feel. It’s the yeast that provides the slightly “funky” character that sets this IPA aside. Employing the same yeast strain as the Bumper Crop Saison, but fermented at a higher temperature, this Belgian IPA has a slightly more aggressive yeast character, that has both fruit and spice character. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg and strawberry come through as the beer warms. Sterling, Columbus, and Centennial hops provide the herbal, citrus, and fruity character of a typical North American IPA. These flavors seemingly both compliment and contrast one another in this complex flavor profile. The Bottom Line: A complex, spicy, medium bodied Belgian IPA with a copper hue.

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

Body
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Texture
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Carbonation
fizzy lively average soft flat

Finish
astringent bitter abrupt long

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