This week's Sunday Night Suds looks at Coney Island Brewery's Overpass IPA
[No the elephant on the label is not a political statement].
At one time Coney Island Brewery was a division of Shmaltz Brewing, but in 2013 it was acquired by the Boston Beer Company. Since being acquired there had been no kosher news as to transitioning to Star-K (the Shmaltz products were previously under the KSA) until the Coney Island products showed up on the November LOC for Boston Beer.
I had never tried any of the Coney Island products prior to the brewery/line being acquired by Boston Beer, so I did not have a frame of reference when I tried the Overpass IPA. Since the beer is now being brewed in a different state (Ohio vs NY) there would be a difference regardless, but again, I would not know.
The Overpass IPA had a fair amount of floral hops which hits on the very first sip. Additional sips revealed some citrus, although the grapefruit I was expecting was a little subdued. Still, the hop presence was stronger than a session beer and I would expect that this would go well with char grilled chicken or other light bbq fare.
As discussed above, the Coney Island Overpass IPA is certified kosher by the Star-K, although not every beer brewed by Coney Island is currently on the LOC. To view and download the LOC for Boston Beer which includes Coney Island (as well as last week's Angry Orchard) click here https://express.star-k.org/viewer/LOCViewer.aspx?PEFQZ4N3.
To see what the experts at BA think about this brew, click here http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/27114/162961 (keep in mind, many of these reviews are from the old formulation - my beer had a best before date of May 2016).
As always, please remember to drink responsibly and to never waste good beer unless there is no designated driver.
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