This week' Sunday Night Suds looks at Stegmaier IPA.
As discussed in a prior blog post, I only recently became familiar with Stegmaier as it is not widely available in the NY metro area. Although my prior experience with Stegmaier's Pumpkin Ale was positive (see review here kosherbeers.blogspot.com/2014/10/sunday-night-suds-stegmaier-pumpkin-ale.html) I had the impression that the hop flavor/bite was a little on the weak side. Having tried the Stegmaier IPA, I am left wondering whether this is characteristic of the brewery in general.
When I think of an IPA, I think of big hops, more than a little citrus, some pine, and in extreme circumstances, an after taste bordering on coppery. This beer has none of these characteristics. There is no bite, little to no citrus and certainly no flavor approaching pine. The label indicates that it is 6.7% abv, but I am skeptical as to this number as well.
This is not to say that the beer was skunky or had any unpleasantness to it. In fact, for a cheap beer (six pack was less than a buck a beer) the beer is not half bad...its just not an IPA.
Stegmaier IPA is certified kosher by the OU, and there is an OU on the label. For the experts take on the Stegmaier IPA, please click here beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/150/58313.
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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