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RATINGS: 137   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.59/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
We spent over a year prototyping R&D versions of Nu Skool. This final version is one special beer. It is an IPA with a slight malty sweetness, but overall balanced & brimming with tropical, fruity, spicy, piney & citrus character. To contrast our IPA, which most closely resembles a traditional English IPA in malt & hop bills, we wanted to brew an India Pale Ale in a new way. West Coast brewers have been brewing lighter, more "Americanized" yet still full of hop character & our brewers wanted to try their hand by brewing their take. HOP PROCESS: We used 3.5 lbs. of "new school" varieties of hops per barrel of beer. We load our hopback to the brim with Mosaic hops for a big tropical fruit character. A nice whirlpool dose of experimental hop #07270 gives the beer a flavorful, resinous character. We then dry hop this beer on two separate days with a large amount of Mosaic hops in our hop cannon & Simcoe + Equinox two days later.

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Dacrza's rating

4.1
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dacrza (1086) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JUN 1, 2017
DATE: June 1, 2017... OCCASION: Prepping for Game One with a beer that promises something old and something new--the Cavs embody this concept... GLASSWARE: La Fin du Monde tulip... pours a crystal-clear golden body with a flurry of oversized bubbles that build a three-finger clump of snow-white head, craggy with giant bubbles clinging to the glass... the first whiff of India escaped the can the second I cracked it; the second immediately upon pouring it... robust resin, knotty pine, toasted malts, light orange/lemon citrus, and light pepper make for quite a prolific expectation... first sip is vibrant as the effervescence portended, with an escaping tooth-rattle and a slippery malt finish... although a West Coast attempt is the aim, this still holds some East Coast bias as well...dry and light-bodied, belying its 6.0% ABV... thick clusters of bubbles linger as the glass drains... as promised, Mosaic and Simcoe burst with resin and pine, with tropical flavors of mango, grapefruit, orange peel and lemon--the full array in balance, while enough bread malts keep the beer from being a hop bomb... each sip simmers with a pleasantly light buzz... if this is how the Cavs play the series, I like their chances... as the fifth beer rated from the Overpackd case, this is up there with 2XSmash...


3.3
DCLawyer (2949) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - FEB 18, 2018
Bottle->SA. Brite clear gold with moderate white head. A: citrus and floral hops, grass, fern, mild citrus peel, caramel hops. T: citrus hops, watery, with some mild pine, forest, rhododendron. Mild caramel malt. Thin, touch too bitter for the body. Eh.

3.5
pumpmaster (1462) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - FEB 12, 2018
12 ounce can purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL from variety pack @ $19.99/15-pack. Very good.

3.2
bconch (474) - - FEB 11, 2018
Light yellow color, nose of tropical fruits. Slight bittet taste with an almost pale character. Slight bitter picks up on finish. Smooth and easy drinking.

5
NYbeerfan (21) - Binghamton, New York, USA - JAN 25, 2018
Incredible, one of the better IPA's i've had, hence the score. Aromatic , great odor, delicious crisp taste. Growler from Hopsy.

3
GregM05 (23) - - JAN 21, 2018
Hop hop hop away. Good tasting, more than welcomed aroma. Enjoyable on a nice chill night; or when getting a buzz lightyear. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
rondphoto (4540) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2018
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Hazy light amber color, , white head that drops to a frothy cover, lace bands. Typical IPA with light malt, combination citrus/pine hops on the swallow, then malt slowly returning in a long finish.

3.6
Bullit (4845) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 20, 2018
Tap @ BOT. Clear golden coloured. Citric, grapefruits, bit of caramel.. Classic ipa.

4
obxdude10 (2395) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 14, 2018
Very nice IPA in a 12oz canned variety pack. The beer poured a light golden color with a fluffy, white head. The head left some sticky lacing around the glass. The nose, as well as the flavors, were very woody and spicy. The finish left a bit of spiky, hop-resin-like flavor with notes of pine and grapefruit.

3.8
berkshirejohn (6813) - Bracknell, Berkshire, ENGLAND - JAN 11, 2018
12oz bottle from Wegman's, West Seneca. A slightly hazy amber pour with a thin white head; fresh tropical fruit aroma; sweet fruity taste that fills the mouth with pineapple and mango and has a nicely offset bitterness; followed by a sweet fruity malt finish. Rather good.

4.2
JoeMcPhee (10187) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 1, 2018
Very bright spicy tropical aroma. Soft juiciness and a bit of light pepper and some nice fruitiness with a bit of zest and some grapefruit and kiwi. There's almost a noble quality on the back. Has a bit of stone fruit and some light grassiness. Really bright, pleasant beer.


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