Friday, October 21, 2011

Boxcar India Pale Ale

Boxcar India Pale Ale

Brewed by:
Boxcar Brewing Co.
West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA

Indian Pale Ale

7.20% ABV

Commercial Description:
Our IPA is a deep golden color ale with a white lingering creamy head. There are hints of citrus and tropical fruits and resinous hops throughout this well-balanced brew, which will compliment food quite well. Pace yourself, this IPA goes down a lot smoother than the ABV would suggest.

Color: Golden
ABV: 7.2%
Hops: Summit (bittering) / Palisades (aroma) / First Gold (dry)
Malt: Pilsner (base)
Available: Year round in 12 oz. bottles and draft.

General Pricing:
12 oz bottles: ~$30.00 each

I stopped in to see the boys at Boxcar a few weeks back to pick up some door prizes and raffle items for my last beer event. Among the gifts were a few bottles of their new IPA. One of these is their standard IPA and one was made with Belgian yeast. I’ll do the Standard first and then the Belgian.

The beer pours a hazy deep yellow with orange hues and a bright white head.

The nose is modest with light malt aromas, floral hop complexity and yeastiness. This is a very inviting nose for an IPA; I can’t wait to dive into it.

What an interesting first sip. This is not your typical IPA. That is, it’s not your typical American IPA. This is a great English India Pale Ale; mildly hopped compared to the American counterparts and right up my alley.

The experience starts out with a light malt sweetness up front on the tip of the tongue. That is followed by a very pleasant cleansing effervescence over the tongue in the middle of the sip. The back-end is very easy drinking with an almost effortless swallow. There is also a carbonation release during the swallow that adds a refreshing quality to the experience. The finish is great with nice light malt flavors and just the right amount of bite without the bitterness. The final aftertaste is sweet with some light malts and a lingering yeastiness.   

This IPA is perfect for me. But it will not be well received by the hop heads.

We are now at 68 degrees.

This beer really opens up as it warms. The malt flavors and hops seem to be more pronounced now. There is also an interesting citrus note on the finish that was not noticeable when this beer was cold.

Well that was delicious to the last warm drop.

I’m going for an A on this one; another winner from Boxcar. This is a nice IPA made in the traditional English style not in the overly bitter American style. This excellently balanced ale is hopped for just the right amount of bite for a clean dry finish. With the refreshing carbonation and citrus notes I could drink this all day but the masked 7.2 % ABV would eventually kick me.

I can’t tell you how impressed I’ve been with this and all the Boxcar offerings. It’s like these guys are brewing beer just for me. Their Original is just that completely original; a wonderfully refreshing Pale Ale. The Brown is listed as and American Brown Ale but will put to shame any English Brown or session. And now we have this exquisite India Pale Ale, full of body and easy drinking with a stealth 7.2 % ABV. I can’t wait to see what the boys come up with next.

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